Careers education helps young people to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills that they  need to make well-informed, carefully considered choices and plans that enable them to progress  smoothly into further learning and work, and to help them manage their careers and sustain  employability throughout their lives.   Schools have a statutory duty to provide access to independent and impartial careers education for  students in Years 8-11 (“Careers guidance and inspiration in schools” DfE April 2017) This (Careers)   education is delivered within programmes of Personal, Social, Health and Education (PSHE),  Drop Down Days, assemblies, visitors and through the wider curriculum, particularly with aspects of  work-related learning at Key Stage 3 and 4.  

Information, advice and guidance (IAG) refers to the personalised support on learning and work pathways and on other key issues that impact on the ability of students to develop and progress.  Effective personalised IAG enhances and complements careers education and is available from Years 8 to Year 11.  

Careers Education combined with effective information, advice and guidance is critical to young people’s educational career in: 

  • avoiding disengagement during Key Stage 3  

  • choosing KS4 options  

  • helping to avoid underachievement or disengagement during Key Stage 4  

  • choosing appropriate post-16 and post-18 destinations.  

Careers education also draws on and contributes to the whole school curricular development of students’ transferable or employability skills.  The school promotes the key employability skills of:     

  • Written Communication

  • Verbal Communication 

  • Financial Literacy 

  • Punctuality & Reliability 

  • Decision Making 

  • Leadership 

  • Resilience 

  • Team Work 

  • Positive Attitude 

  • Emotional Intelligence 

  • Creative Thinking 

  • Problem Solving 

  • Numeracy 

  • IT   

    For more information on this subject, please see our Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance Policy