Careers – Information for Teachers/Staff

The careers team

Mrs Naomi Smy – Named Careers Leader 

Miss Tanya Norris – Assistant Careers Leader

Our aim is to inspire, raise aspiration and encourage success in all.

Investing in our students by offering a valuable and influential careers programme, supports individuals to develop the right tools and will enable students to become an effective member of the future workforce.

The tools we use to measure the impact of our careers programme is guided by the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

  1. A stable careers programme – Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers. 
  2. Learning from career and labour market information – Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information and future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed advisor to make the best use of available information. 
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil – Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers – All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees – Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experiences of workplaces – Every pupil should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education – All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
  8. Personal Guidance – Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

We will be delivering some careers guidance and advice as well as some career-based activities in PHSE lessons: All the relevant information to enable you do this will be provided to you from the careers department.

All of the careers activities/opportunities we offer throughout the year can be seen on our Careers Strategy below. 

We also have two great Enterprise Advisers who work very closely with the Carers Team and are happy to link with departments and curriculum areas in implementing links with the curriculum and achieving Gatsby Benchmark 4. If you would like to arrange a meeting or discuss this further please contact, Naomi or Tanya.