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School Careers Programme

Our school careers programme includes a structured, planned classroom-based programme. This programme is delivered through PSHCE lessons.

The aims of the careers programme are to:

  • Promote increasing self-awareness in pupils
  • Promote increasing awareness of opportunities in our society on the basis of equal opportunities for all
  • Develop the skill of being able to make informed and relevant decisions


Careers Programme Overview:

Year Group



Career Definitions: My Dream Future

Personal Qualities and Skills: How well I know myself

The World of Work

Challenging Gender Stereotypes

Introduction to Decision Making/Action Planning


Decision Making

Introduction to LMI

Meaningful encounter with employers

Subject Choices and Options

Introduction to Careers Advisers in School

Introduction to Careers Resources available online and in the Careers Library


Developing Enterprise Skills

Preparing for the World of Work

Introduction to Post 16 Options

One to one Careers appointments


Compiling a CV

Trends at work

Personal Statements

Interviewing skills and Mock Interviews

Applying to Sixth Forms, Colleges and Training Providers

Individual Guidance Interviews


Access to Careers Information and LMI


Year 12 – guest speakers are invited in to talk about post 16 options including university and apprenticeships

Students are made aware of available apprenticeships by the careers advisors

Careers advisers attend parents’ evening

Year 13 – are supported in their UCAS applications by the learning mentor, form tutor and director of study


For more information, please read our Careers Programme document.

In addition to this, all students take part in a careers in the curriculum week and will access specific assemblies.

  • Year 7 – The World of Work
  • Year 8 – Learning about skills for the future
  • Year 9 – Careers and GCSE options
  • Year 10 – Jobs for the future
  • Year 11 – Routes after GCSE
  • Year 12 – Meeting the needs of labour market developments

All students also receive a presentation from each subject area they study, highlighting possible careers routes and the skills and qualifications required.


Assessing our careers programme

The impact of our careers programme is monitored and assessed in the following ways:

  • Termly through the Careers and Enterprise Compass tool (next assessment November 2022)
  • Quality in Careers Standard Award (next assessment Spring 2023)
  • Careers Advisers Activity Survey (including NEET and destinations data)
  • Annual report detailing impact of the careers provision, including evaluations from mock interviews
  • Auditing of schemes of work to ensure they are relevant and reflect current issues

Our careers programme assessment allows us to evaluate our careers programme against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Careers in curriculum
  5. Encounters with employers & employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

For more information, please read the Gatsby Benchmark document.