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12/02/21

Functional Skills Exams : English Speaking Monday 9.45am 22.2.21; Maths 9.00am Tuesday 23.2.21; English 9.00am Wednesday 24.2.21

12/02/21

National Apprenticeship Week - students learnt about apprenticeships, where to find them, how to apply, take a look at this website. https://t.co/ytHGNHEEus

09/02/21

Today is Safer Internet Day. The Internet has brought significant benefits to our lives but there are also dangers that we as teachers and parents must be aware of to protect our children and students. https://t.co/gtD80IGBtv

01/02/21

Well done to all the Year 13 students who have been completing their UCAS applications over the past few weeks. Thank you to Ms Bhogal, Mr James, Ms Awan and Ms Whyte for all the support given.

20/01/21

Thanks Ms Miles, Director of Harris Federation Sixth Form and Ms Bhogal our Vice Principal for delivering an informative talk to Apollo House on how to apply to Harris Sixth Form schools. If you have any further questions, please contact Ms Ogunseitan or Ms Bhogal. https://t.co/6R5KU7jJnj

19/01/21

MS Teams has proved to be a great tool for delivering online teaching. For parents who would like to know more about how it works, here is a very clear guide which can be translated into different languages   https://t.co/XSFthtnsz3

11/07/19

Very Proud of Tim and his masterpiece of Mr Fox https://t.co/G7dmOR3qxT

03/07/19

Thank you for having our students today, they had a great time https://t.co/k0pOfNQP5r

03/07/19

Our students visited today, thank you for having us

Careers Education Programme

We are pleased to confirm that the Governors and staff of Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form are committed to gaining The Quality in Careers Standard by August 2021.  We have incorporated this goal in our current development plan.

Our aim is to provide an outstanding programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance activities that satisfy national requirements and provide guidance which enables us to address the career development needs of all our students.

Careers Education Programme 2020-21

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Every academic year, our offer evolves and changes as staff specialisms change and develop and in response to unforeseen changes. However, our core programme and commitment to our Harris Aspire & HPS6F CEIAG entitlement framework remains.

For any enquiries related to our Careers education programme or how we meet the elements of our entitlement, please contact

Ms Bhogal G.Bhogal@harrisps6f.org.uk

Ms Jackson Careers Advisor Melanie.Jackson@harrisfederation.org.uk

The Careers Education Programme website has now been launched. Please click here for further information.

Other useful links

UCAS

The Complete University Guide

Post 16 Prospectus Tile

Young Croydon

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Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form Results Analysis Overview 2020

The aims of Harris Professional Skills Sixth Form fall into three categories:

Opportunity: A rich and diverse curriculum that provides access to students from all contextual and educational backgrounds. This includes qualifications from level 1 to 3 in vocational and academic subjects such as City & Guilds Construction at Level 1, a diverse range of GCSEs at Level 2 and CTEC and CNAT vocational qualifications across Levels 1 to 3.

Achievement: Students are offered courses which facilitate transitioning from Aspire Academy and other local providers. They can access foundation courses to develop a base for further student in subjects such as construction. They are provided opportunities to achieve English and Maths and other GCSEs as a platform to access Level 3 qualifications. Students who have already achieved at Level 2 are able to build on these through the suite of Level 3 technical qualifications.

Destinations: Harris Professional Skills is focused on providing students with the opportunity to access high quality destinations at the next stage. Students who study Level 1 qualifications typically remain at HPS6F to continue to level 2 in the same or similar field of study or access external apprenticeships. Those studying at Level 2 study subjects that facilitate transition to level 3 internally, at another Harris site or at a local providers. Our first cohort of students studying Level 3 completed in August 2020 and are on course to access further education at University or through apprenticeship programmes.

Context

Year 12 GCSE Pathway

69 students completed their studies at the end of Y12 in the 2019-20 academic year and the majority came from challenging backgrounds. These students require additional support to access, remain on and achieve their programmes of study. This includes:

  • 43% Male and 57% female.
  • 60% of students receive access arrangements varying from extra time in examinations to readers and scribes.
  • 20% of students are on the SEN register and 5% hold an Education Health Care Plan
  • 45% of students have non-educational challenges, including: disadvantaged and LAC; Medical including mental health; CSE including abuse and neglect; victims and perpetrators of crime; complex SEND requirements.

Year 12 GCSE Pathway Destinations

 

Number

% of cohort

HPS6F / Harris Sixth Form

38

55

Local College

31

45

Apprenticeship/College

0

0

Employment

0

0

NEET

0

0

Unknown

0

0

Total

69

100

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Chart 1 shows 55% of students progressed to study Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications at HPS6F and other Harris Academies; 45% of students progressed to study Level 1,2 and 3 qualifications at local Colleges. Students who were deemed vulnerable to becoming NEET were supported by the Harris careers teams and local NEET from Croydon throughout sixth form.

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Charts 2 and 3 show 75% of students have progressed onto Level 3 courses; 23% of students are studying Level 2 courses; 2% of students are following Plumbing at Level 1 / 2 and 1% (1) student is doing Level 1 Business, this is an EAL student who is studying at Westminster College.

It is pleasing to note, most students are progressing onto Level 3 qualifications, this reflects good progress made by HPS^F students on the GCSE pathway.

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It is pleasing to see that students have secured destinations in 8 different subject areas, this is reflective of their personal interests. The students received impartial careers guidance to ensure that they were selecting courses at an appropriate level and to pursue subjects that stimulate their personal interest and will support development towards their future career. (refer to charts 4 and 5).

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Charts 6 and 7 show that students have secured level 3 courses over 8 different subjects; this reflects the wide range of interest students have. It is particularly pleasing to note that students were able to progress onto level 3 courses. The vocational courses: Health and social care; Business and Art & Design are popular choices.

Students were provided with effective careers education information and guidance to support them with applications to colleges and sixth forms. They were encouraged look at the range of courses on offer by local providers and select a suitable subject at an appropriate level that is linked to a future career.

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A levels Subjects

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Physics, Maths, Science

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Maths, Computer Science, Business

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Psychology

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Media, English

There are four students who are now studying A levels at local sixth forms. They achieved the required grades 5 GCSEs at grades 5-9 allowing them to study academic subjects. It is pleasing to see that students have selected STEM and facilitating subjects as part of their A level programme. (Table 2)

 Case study JT is a female student who has low confidence and required a high level of support to complete the Level 2 resit courses and through a committed approach to her learning, achieved the requirements for Level 3 Business. (4 GCSE grades 4-9). JT has grown in confidence and is working independently to research and complete coursework assignments. She ensures that her work is based on validated research and is accurately referenced. JT is continuing to develop her writing style, she uses relevant examples and case studies to explain the business concepts.

Student progression to HPS6F

 

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The bar chart in Chart 10 shows that the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals are a popular choice for HAA and HPS6F the year 12 GCSE pathway students. In three of the eight courses delivered in year 12, HAA and HPS6F students make up more than 70% of the class. Art & Design, Business and Health and Social care all have 73% and 71% of students who progressed from level 2 courses at the Academy. Media and Joinery are 44% and 40%.

This can be attributed to the students having the opportunity to study the courses as a level 2 option and enjoying the subject. Subjects were offered as GCSEs, Cambridge National Level 1/2 or City & Guilds Multi-skills. At level 1 and 2 students are exposed to the programme of study and have developed foundation skills required for the next level of study including: research; assignment writing; knowledge about the key principles in each subject area.

Cambridge Nationals level 2 are now offered in Creative Media and Sport Studies to provide students with more opportunities to pursue a broader range of post 16 options including apprenticeships, vocational courses at level 2 and 3 or A levels. 

Year 13 Cambridge Technicals Pathway

27 CTECH students completed their studies at the end of Y13 in the 2019-20 academic year and the majority came from challenging backgrounds. These students require additional support to access, remain on and achieve their programmes of study. This includes:

  • 48% male and 52% female.
  • 37% of students receive access arrangements varying from extra time in examinations to readers and scribes.
  • 20% of students are on the SEN register and 5% hold an Education Health Care Plan.
  • 56% of students have non-educational challenges, including: disadvantaged and LAC; medical including mental health; CSE including abuse and neglect; victims and perpetrators of crime and complex SEND requirements.
  • 2 students were successful applicants for the Kirwin-Davies award which provides financial support to students who have socioeconomic and personal challenges during their studies.

Year 13 Destinations - CTEC

There were 27 students taking Level 3 CTEC qualifications in Business, Digital Media and Health and Social Care.  From this specific cohort, 13 male and 14 female students; 24 students are from an ethnic minority background; 5 have SEND and 1 student has an EHCP.

20/27, 70% of students completed UCAS applications; 19/27 went on to take their place at University, one student AA started his own Internet based business.

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Chart 9 shows, 11/27 students have applied to London based universities with London South Bank University being the most popular. The University of Northampton was also a popular choice.  Student decisions about the choice of university were based on the courses offered. Referring to Chart 12, 6 students have opted for health and social care related courses including nursing and midwifery and social work; both courses are very competitive, they provide excellent career and progression prospects. It was testament to the students’ commitment to the UCAS process and preparation for the interviews which supported their success at securing their places.

Students were encouraged to consider the quality of the courses offered at the university and look at data including student satisfaction surveys when they made choices about which universities to select as their firm and insurance offers. They were advised against accepting unconditional offers as this could be indicative of a course which is in low demand thus reducing their employment prospects on course completion.

 From the 8 students who did not apply to university 1 is doing a construction course at South Thames College; 1 has started his own business; 5 are in employment including early years, a law firm, JD Sports and 1 is NEET. The careers adviser has referred the NEET student to Bromley NEET team.

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Chart 13 depicts the destinations of the 7 students who did not attend university. 3/7 are in employment including retail and security; one student is doing work experience with a law firm (GBB); 1 student has started their own business (AA), one student is NEET and has referred to the careers adviser for follow up support.

Case study JE was a student from Harris South Norwood, he completed the GCSE resit pathway in 2017-18, he then started the CTEC in Digital Media, securing a DDD. JE was a student who struggled with examined units but had an exceptional ability with using photoshop software to edit and produce films.  JE successfully applied and took up a place to study Media and Communication at De Montfort University.

Year 13 Construction Pathway

Context

There were 22 students, (including 3 female students) on Construction pathway completing City & Guild courses in Joinery and Bricklaying at the end of Y13 in the 2019-20 academic year and the majority came from challenging backgrounds. These students require additional support to access, remain on and achieve their programmes of study. This includes:

  • 86% male and 14% female.
  • 73% of students receive access arrangements varying from extra time in examinations to readers and scribes.
  • 41% of students are on the SEN register and 5% hold an Education Health Care Plan
  • 77% of students have non-educational challenges, including: disadvantaged and LAC; Medical issues including diabetes and mental health; CSE including abuse and neglect; victims and perpetrators of crime; complex SEND requirements including ASD.

Year 13 Destinations City & Guilds - Construction  

 

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The students completing the City & Guilds Level 2 Bricklaying and Joinery qualifications were required to complete the practical components for specific units and submit evidence in their portfolios. This meant that they were required to attend the Academy in the summer term to complete their assignments. As a result of the additional course demands, this cohort are still in receipt of careers guidance from HPS6F to support the 5 students who are currently trying to secure a destination. 11/22 of the students are working or are in training to further develop their practical and technical skills through further study including engineering and mechanical maintenance. This will help to secure future employment in maintenance of sites as they will become multiskilled professionals.

Case Study EQ is a student with additional learning needs, who struggled in social situations. He completed the resit GCSE programme in 2017-2018, then studied the City & Guilds Construction course and secured his Maths and English GCSEs. EQ enjoyed developing practical carpentry skills and completing his practical portfolio. EQ has now progressed onto an access to Engineering course, this will allow him to become a multiskilled trained professional and will improve his chances of gaining employment and higher-level apprenticeship options.