Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance  

At St Mary’s we have an extensive careers programme created in order to help develop our students’ knowledge of career and further education opportunities available to them, to help them to develop employability skills and to raise their aspirations and ambitions to achieve their future goals.  

In KS3 and KS4 students study a ‘life beyond school’ topic as part of the Personal Development Curriculum. At KS5, students study ‘preparing for the world’ and ‘entering the world’ topics. Below is a brief description of what students study in each year group as part of their CEIAG lessons.

Year 7 

Students will explore and understand what careers are and learn about how careers education can help them to plan for the future. Students will also look at key education, training and employment transition points in their lives and what they will need to develop in order to navigate their exciting career journey. Students will consider which skills are important for different careers and how they can develop employability skills.  

Year 8 

Students will think about potential careers and initially focus on their interests and preferences, as well as how these may change over time. They will develop their understanding of themselves and their interests and how these will help shape their choices in terms of options and future career ideas. Students will learn about what Labour Market Information (LMI) is and how it can be useful to them. They will begin to start using LMI to get a realistic picture of the labour market and how it can help them to make decisions about future careers. Students will also learn about UK Job sectors and explore a wide variety of jobs, evaluating different qualifications, starting salaries and duties involved in a wide range of careers. 

Year 9 

Students will understand how success and failure are often linked and explore what motivates people to achieve incredible things in their careers, including the importance of resilience and learning from mistakes. Students will explore the importance of their personal happiness in their choice of career and how this is influenced by many different factors. Students will learn about the need for financial competence in their careers and the different types of employment available to them. This will include looking at self-employment, full time, part time and contractor work. 

Year 10 

Students will explore employment rights and responsibilities and the importance of these areas in any career choice. Students will learn how to work out calculations such as Gross Pay and Net Pay on a payslip. They will also evaluate the importance of paying tax and about their NI contributions. 

Year 11 

Students will explore a full range of Post-16 options that will be available to them after their GCSEs. Students will learn about the importance of a Curriculum Vitae and explore the purpose of a CV, learning how to create a clear and concise CV. Students will look at examples of personal statements, learn about the features of personal statements and also how to write one that is effective and impressive. 

Year 12 

Students will explore a full range of Post-18 options that will be available to them after their time in the Sixth Form. Learning will focus on how students can best prepare for their future lives and careers. The lessons will include looking at ideas such as Entrepreneurship and career goals. Students will also learn how to prepare for interview and the concept of ‘personal branding’. Students are fully supported as they begin the UCAS process or as they begin to explore apprenticeship/work opportunities.  

Year 13 

Students will develop their employability skills, with a key focus on leadership, professionalism and teamwork. Students will look at, the next stage of their development after school, create their own goal plans and plan the actions required to make their ambitions for the future a reality. 

In addition to the broad range of CEIAG lessons, which are taught as part of the Personal Development Programme, students are given many opportunities to explore and encounter career and employment opportunities.  

  • We hold an annual careers fair with a huge range of different employers, careers, universities and colleges represented. Students visit stalls, ask questions and attend talks throughout the evening. 
  • We celebrate National Careers Week in school with various whole school activities taking place across the week. 
  • We celebrate National Apprenticeships Week and explore apprenticeships opportunities. 
  • We post regular career and education opportunities for students on Year group Teams tiles. 
  • We have weekly guest speakers from a range of different careers, universities and employers.  
  • Students in Year 11 and Year 13 are invited for individual career/future education meetings in which they are able to discuss their personal aims and ambitions and receive information, support and guidance. 
  • Students who need further support and guidance are able to have further guidance meetings with our LA careers support worker. 
  • We have close links with ASK apprenticeships who run workshops in school throughout the year for students in Year 11 and 13. 
  • Students in Year 10 and 12 complete work experience placements. 
  • Students attend various trips and visits to places of work.  
  • We are working with HSBC who are delivering finance workshops in school with our students.  
  • Students in Sixth Form have access to Unifrog and Springpod, online platforms which help them to prepare for the next steps in their education/employment.  
  • EPQ and Thinking Skills courses in Sixth Form allow students to further develop their employability skills. 
  • In lessons, teachers regularly make links to careers linked to their subject area. 
  • Various groups and societies such as ‘Aspire to Oxbridge’, ‘Medicine and Dentistry Society’, ‘Law Society’. 


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