2023 – 2024 Careers Events at The Ongar Academy: TBC
The Ongar Academy: Provider Access Policy
- Management of provider access requests
Links to other policies
This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to the school for the purpose of giving them information about the
provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal
obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.
All pupils in years 8 to 13 are entitled:
to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.
For pupils of compulsory school age these encounters are mandatory and there will be a minimum of two encounters for year 8 to 9 pupils and two encounters for year 10 to 11 pupils. For pupils in year 12 to 13, particularly those that have not yet decided on their next steps, there are two more provider encounters available during this period, which are optional for pupils to attend.
These provider encounters will be scheduled during the main school hours and the provider will be given a reasonable amount of time to, as a minimum:
share information about both the provider and the approved technical education qualification and apprenticeships that the provider offers
explain what career routes those options could lead to
provide insights into what it might be like to learn or train with that provider (including the opportunity to meet staff and pupils from the provider)
answer questions from pupils.
Meaningful provider encounters One encounter is defined as one meeting/session between pupils and one provider. We are committed to providing meaningful encounters to all pupils using the Making it meaningful checklist (Making it Meaningful: Benchmark 7 | CEC Resource Directory (careersandenterprise.co.uk)
In previous terms/years we have invited the following providers from the local area to speak to our students and parents/carers:
Braintree Sixth Form
Writtle University College
Hertfordshire and West Essex Health and Care Academy
Destinations of our pupils
Last year our year 11 pupils moved to range of providers in the local area after
Last year our year 13 pupils moved to range of providers in the local area after
Anglia Ruskin University Pharmaceutical Science
Anglia Ruskin University Psychology with Criminology
Bangor University Marine Biology and Zoology
Buckinghamshire New University Hair and Make-up for Film and Performance
Canterbury Christ Church
University Primary Education,
Canterbury Christ Church
University Sport & Exercise Science
Loughborough University English
Queen Mary University of London Chemistry
University of East Anglia UEA History and Film Studies
University of East Anglia UEA Geography
University of East London Sports Coaching and Performance (West Ham United Foundation)
University of Greenwich Games Design and Development
University of Greenwich Events Management
University of Hertfordshire Law
University of Hertfordshire English Literature with Film
University of Hertfordshire Fine Art
University of Hertfordshire Sport and Exercise Science
University of Kent Sport and Exercise Science
University of Reading Creative Writing and Film
University of Worcester Outdoor Adventure Leadership and Management
Writtle University College Equine Performance and Business Management
Management of provider access requests
A provider wishing to request access should contact:
Opportunities for access
The school offers the six provider encounters required by law and a number of additional events, integrated into the school careers programme. We will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils or their parents or carers.
Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.
Granting and refusing access
Access to our pupils will be granted where it can be agreed that the provider matches the needs of our students and that we can accommodate your request in terms of scheduling and space.
We welcome providers wishing to communicate with our pupils, staff and parents/carers specifically about the following areas:
Types of qualification including, but not limited to, A-Levels, Vocational awards, technical awards, apprenticeships, degrees.
Routes into employment
Continuing in education and training
Raising awareness of career sectors
Labour market information – job market and key local sectors
Support in applications including but not limited to course, apprenticeship, university and employment applications
Additional support for transitions into Further Education, Higher Education, Apprenticeships, other training opportunities and employment. This can include financial, emotional and practical support for more vulnerable pupils.
Please speak to our Careers Adviser to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.
Our safeguarding on policy outlines the school’s procedure for checking the identity and suitability of visitors.
Education and training providers will be expected to adhere to this policy.
Premises and facilities
The school will make the Theatre, the Sports Hall or Fitness Centre, classrooms or meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available audio and visual specialist equipment to support provider presentations where needed. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the careers leader or a member of their team.
Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature for the careers sections of the school library and Braintree Sixth Form library, which are managed by the school librarian. These resources are available to all students at lunch and break times and to sixth formers in their study periods.
Links to other policies
This policy should be read in conjunction with the following policies:
Child Protection Policy
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Policy
Any complaints with regards to provider access can be raised following the school complaints procedure
The school’s arrangements for managing the access of education and training providers to students are monitored by The Careers Leader.
This policy will be reviewed by The Careers Leader annually. At every review, the policy will be approved by the governing board.