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Careers Programme Information

Careers Leaders:  Mr A Graham / Miss B Maggiore

a-graham@stjohnfisher.org.uk                 b-maggiore@stjohnfisher.org.uk

All students in Years 7-11 take part in a structured, planned classroom based careers programme. (Years 10 and 11 currently receive the programme through drop-down days) This programme is delivered through PSHCE.

The aims of our Careers Programme are:

  • To promote increasing self-awareness in students.
  • To promote increasing awareness of opportunities in our society on the basis of equal opportunities for all.
  • To develop the skill of being able to make informed and relevant decisions.
  • To involve parents / carers in the above three aims.

Our Careers programme is measured and assessed termly through the Careers and Enterprise Compass Tool. This tracker allows us to evaluate our careers programme against the eight benchmark of best practice, known as the Gatsby Benchmarks:

GB1: A Stable careers programme

GB2: Learning from career and labour market information

GB3: Addressing the needs of each pupil

GB4: Careers in Curriculum

GB5: Encounters with employers & employees

GB6: Experiences of workplaces

GB7: Encounters with further and higher education experiences of workplaces

GB8: Personal Guidance

More information on each of these Benchmarks is available here: PDF DOWNLOAD

An overview of the Careers programme of study in PSHCE is as follows:

Year Group


7 & 8

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 advisors attend parents’ evening

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


More information is available here - Careers Programme of Study

Alongside this, all students take part in “Careers in the Curriculum” week and access year group specific assemblies based on careers:

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 GCSEs

Year 12 – Meeting the needs of Labour Market developments

As part of the Careers in the Curriculum week, all students receive a presentation from each subject area they study, highlighting possible career routes and the skills and qualifications required.

Date of next review Compass review: July 2021


See below for relevant policies

Careers Policy

Provider Access Policy