The Careers Team

Mrs Naomi Smy – Named Careers Leader –

Miss Tanya Norris – Assistant Careers Leader – 

Information, Advice and Guidance

The Careers Team at Medina and Carisbrooke Colleges delivers the Careers Information, Advice and Guidance programme. We aim to enable all students to implement well-informed and realistic decisions as well as successfully manage change and transition for their futures. The Careers Information, Advice and Guidance programme is delivered through a variety of Career related activities throughout the year and in different learning styles to suit individual needs.

Our aim is to inspire, raise aspirations 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 Careers Programme

At The Isle of Wight Education Federation, we measure and assess the impact of our careers programme by using the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and online tool Compass which is supplied by the Careers and Enterprise Company. This allows us to constantly measure our outcomes in line with the benchmarks and ensure that we deliver a stable programme suitable for all.

We collect and collate detailed feedback and evaluations in different forms from all stakeholders following careers related events or activities and turn this into statistical data to record impact and outcomes of the delivery.

Our collection of intended destinations and final destinations for all Year 11 leavers is shared with the Local Authority and is available on our website. We support and guide all students throughout their educational years to ensure that they make informed choices and do not become NEET (not in employment, education or training).

Careers activities can be delivered through PSHE lessons, one off day events/activities or trips as well as subject specific lessons, linking careers within the curriculum.

Some examples of the careers events/opportunities include:

  • Introduction to Careers with interactive games
  • Making Choice/Year 9 Options workshops and support
  • University Taster Days and Residential (subject specific and general)
  • Year 9 Take Your Child to Work Day
  • BAE – Interactive Roadshows
  • Employable Me
  • Steamco. ‘What’s my Art’ days
  • Year 9 Enterprise Challenge
  • Year 10 Work Experience (including preparation and de-brief)
  • Army, Navy and RAF information events
  • Parent and Student Careers Information Evening (Year 11)
  • Mock Interviews (Year 11)
  • Career Guidance Interviews (Year 11)

In addition to all of the above there are ongoing opportunities that enable students to participate in a range of careers events locally and nationally.

Click the button below to read the full IWEF Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy. 

Gatsby Benchmarks 

We aim to deliver the eight 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.