Narrowing the gap to develop successful young people

Through the Championing Careers Guidance Project, we as an Academy strive to achieve the following:

  • No student leaves the academy as NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training) 
  • Students develop their employability skills', focusing on the transferable skills that employers look for, supporting their development as an 'all round individual'.
  • Successful links within the community providing greater exposure & access to experience of employment. 

Nightingale Success

Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance at Nightingale Academy

  • Effective ‘baseline’ monitoring to assess need 
  • Enhanced CEIAG programme which enables all students to access and investigate their individual career pathway (Careers Advisor, ‘Drop Days’, IT packages) 
  • Tracking of students’ destination (for a year after leaving the academy) to ensure and sustain appropriate EET (Education, Employment or Training) 
  • Career enrichment and experience opportunities (e.g. work experience, holiday ‘placements’ with link businesses, ‘Carillion’ apprenticeship programme

Targeted Intervention to support students' 'at risk' of not moving onto appropriate EET (sustained for 12 months from leaving the academy)

  • Early identification of students ‘at risk’ of not moving onto appropriate EET 
  • Working in partnership with existing services (e.g. Enfield Careers Service) and funding streams 
  • Commissioning of additional services and activities as required (e.g. PALS, AKD, Army recruitment)
  • Regular tracking (e.g. ‘Pathway Reviews) of students who have left the academy

Curriculum Development

  • Introduction of industry recognised qualifications within existing curriculum offer (e.g CISCO modules into Post 16 IT curriculum offer) 
  • Working with subject leads to further enrich vocational offer (e.g. work placement modules, first-aid courses, coaching courses) 
  • Introduction of new curriculum strands which further support vulnerable groups of students. (e.g. ‘Alternative KS4 Pathway’)

Community Learning Hub

  • Parental ESOL classes 
  • Parent and family support courses 
  • Active involvement with the ‘Edmonton Schools Partnership’ (all schools in Edmonton working in partnership) 
  • Working strategically with ‘Extended Schools’ 
  • Development of out of hours learning opportunities.


  • 96.4% (188) of Year 11-13 students where supported onto appropriate EET (Education, Employment or Training) after leaving the Academy in July 2011. This cohort’s EET was sustained over 12 months with the EET figure rising to 98.5% (192 students) 
  • Therefore, our current NEET figures stand at 1.5% (3 students) 
  • This is a significant reduction to the national NEET figures (Aug 2012 - DFE age 16-18) which are 10.3%