As part of our commitment to improving our careers education at Hollinwood Academy, we hope to evaluate the success of our programme each year.

Year 8 Careers Programme

In Year 8 the students move onto looking at skills in the workplace with the topic ‘Introduction to Retail Skills’. As well as this, they build on important skills for the world of work and life by accessing the Skills Builder platform and practise their communication skills. During Autumn term 2 the students have a half term of careers lessons and look at different industry sectors and then focus on retail.

Year 8 lesson overview

Careers lessons then take place again during the Summer term 1 with a focus on building speaking skills through Skills Builder. Skills Builder is a fantastic resource to help students build on the essential skills of listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork.

click to access the Skills Builder resources

Alongside this half term’s lessons, there are also form time careers lessons related to whole school programmes and current events:

All secondary students have also been signed up to the careers portal ‘Start Profile’, where they are able to gain information and advice on education and career choices, access activities to improve their employability skills and have a personal locker to keep a record of their achievements and qualifications. Secondary students have all been given their start profile logins and can access the online learning portal from home. Please encourage them to do so and have a look at the platform for yourself by clicking below:


We would appreciate your feedback on our school’s careers programme. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts using the relevant link below to access the careers survey and evaluate our school’s programme:


click to access the BBC Bitesize Careers resources