Careers programme information

Careers Team

Careers leader – Rhys Roberts – 0161 652 2428

Careers Advisor – Andrew Lord – 0161 652 2428

Careers at TOAN

‘Our students have the autonomy to make informed decisions about their future; they are ambitious and resilient, allowing our students to leave us ready to contribute to a challenging and competitive world.’

Our strategic vision for careers encompasses both the school and the E-ACT trusts ethos and values. Through developing student trust, endurance, autonomy and mastery our vision for careers can be achieved. All of these standards support the schools careers vision and contribute to preparing them for a challenging and competitive world.

Strategic objectives:

  • All students to have access to high quality careers advice and guidance in every year group.
  • To ensure that the curriculum model in every subject area incorporate opportunities for students to understand how it contributes to the world of work.
  • Provide opportunities to enhance student’s cultural capital and experience of the world around us so that they are prepared for when they leave.

These clear objectives will allow us to meet our vision and will improve our careers provision meaning we can meet the Gatsby benchmarks by 2021. The objectives aim to address the most critical issues in our schools context and help to improve our current state of careers provision when using the compass careers benchmark tool. These objectives will allow for visible change across the school with staff able to not only link learning to specific careers and skills, but to also provide direction and advice on ways students can prepare themselves for a particular occupation. Students will have the knowledge and understanding of many different types of career pathways and be able to make informed decisions about post 16 options. Furthermore, students will have developed employability skills and show knowledge on local and relevant LMI information. Experiences and opportunities will see a shift in student aspirations with the majority of our young people aiming high and looking to capitalise on the opportunities available to them.

The Oldham Academy North aims to provide all students between the years of 8-11 the opportunity to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them. Colleges and external providers have access through our ‘Provider Access Policy’ to view the individual events that take place throughout the upcoming academic year and may request, through the appendices on the document, to attend the academy to provide specific advice/experiences for a range of technical qualifications. By providing these opportunities to students, this will help address the UK’s productivity challenges and address skills shortages experienced across several sectors of the economy.

If a request cannot be accommodated by the academy, the academy will contact the provider and explain reasons why. If the request is suitable but the timing proposed is not practical within the current programme, then the academy will work with the provider to determine an alternative date.

What we offer

Support with college with college applications
Students are supported with applying for college by in-house careers advisors. We host form time and lunchtime application workshops with local Colleges and Sixth Forms to allow students specific support for their preferred destination. We allocate students meeting times during the school day to meet with the careers advisor to ensure that they get the necessary support.

Careers Talks and assemblies We use labour market information to provide targeted careers talks to inspire our students to pursue their dream career. Previous talks have been delivered by staff from First choice homes, RAF, Army, medical mavericks and Cambridge University.

National Careers Week
Numerous careers activities take place across the school to celebrate national careers week. Students will be able to gain information from numerous employers and gain guidance and advice from various colleges during careers cafes and careers talks. National Careers Week takes place in March.

Year 9 Options Choices
As part of year 9 parents evening, parents are given the opportunity to listen to an options presentation from the deputy head teacher. They can then discuss with the teachers what the most appropriate option choices are for their child to pursue their chosen career. Students are supported throughout the options process through assemblies, talks, option evenings and option booklets. We aim to provide impartial guidance to facilitate a successful study pathway for each and every student.

Employability Skills
Students get the chance to participate in various activities throughout the academic year, including STEM challenges, employer visits and employability skills activities. The students then reflect on these experiences and the skills that they have learnt.

To see details of what each year group cover see the careers plan link below.  This plan is for the academic year 2019/20 as due to the global pandemic and lockdown guidance, the plan for this year has had to be executive in a restrictive way.

Students, parents and employers can access further information by contacting one of the team above and reading the full academy plan: Careers plan

How we Measure and Assess the Impact of our Careers Programme:

  • Destination measures
  • Student, parent and staff voice
  • Employer feedback
  • Visiting partners
  • Work experience evaluation
  • External accreditation

Termly review. Next review due: November 2021


We introduce our students to a range of apprenticeship options through their time at TOAN. We work closely with a local apprenticeship provider to give our students first-hand experience of what it is like to engage in an apprenticeship. More details on our links to apprenticeships can be found on our careers plan above.

If you are an apprenticeships provider and would like to work with the school then please contact one of the careers team above.


Links to useful websites:

National Careers Services
Find an apprenticeship
Armed Forces
NHS Careers
Civil Service Careers
How to become
Informed Choices
Education & Employers: I Could
Labour Market Information

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