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Plympton Academy


Careers education and guidance programmes play a major part in helping young people choose pathways at each stage of their lives that suit their interests, abilities and individual needs. A robust careers programme helps avoid disengagement, puts school learning into a wider and more relevant context, and helps raise aspirations. We believe that effective careers education and guidance not only contributes to the well-being of individuals but also to the wellbeing of their families, the communities to which they belong, wider society, businesses and the economy.

The Plympton Academy careers programme will help our students to plan and manage their careers effectively, ensuring progression which is ambitious and aspirational. It will promote equality of opportunity, embrace diversity and challenge stereotypes. The policy will be guided by the Gatsby benchmarks and conform to statutory requirements, in particular the Department for Education’s Careers Strategy issued in December 2017.

If you like further information please contact Maria Arkell


Virtual Careers Fair

Aimed at Years 7-13, the event will connect young people with local and national employers together with further and higher education providers across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay, broadening horizons and raising aspirations through career-related learning.

The 3-day event, taking place on the 27th, 28 th and 29th April, including an evening session, will involve a virtual exhibition as well as 6 live sessions, including opportunities for Q&A and meaningful interactions with employers.

Day Live Sessions Live Sessions

27th April Aimed at Key Stage 3

9.30-10.15 Pathways: Where are they now?

1:30-2.15 Super Skills

28th April Aimed at Key Stage 4

10 -10.45am Sector Spotlight: Fact or Fiction?

1.00-1.45 Pathways: Where are they now?

29th April Aimed at Key Stage 5

11.30-12.15 Super Skills

6.30-7.15pm Sector Spotlight: Fact or Fiction?

Work Experience

All year 10 and 12 students at Plympton Academy are expected to undertake a week long work experience in an industry that they are considering to progress in to. This booklet will help you start the search process to find a suitable placement:

Quick Guide to Work Experience

Other useful documents are:

A complete guide for students and parents, to apprenticeships, courses and university opportunities along with useful articles offering education and career advice.

Next Step South West Parent's Bulletin

Developing Employability Skills (Teacher's Guide)

For Students - School Leaver
Designed for 15 to 18 year old school and college students, this guide ranks the top 200 school leaver employers in the UK and offers advice and information. You will find information about option routes, career paths, showcasing employers, and practical advice for school leavers.