Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance

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Careers Team

Mr M. Everest, Assistant Headteacher, Curriculum Careers Lead

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Mrs G. Eke, Careers Advisor

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Contact telephone number: 01372 745333

The Government’s careers strategy sets out a long-term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people choose the career that is right for them whilst making the most of their skills and talents.  

Schools Statutory Guidance

The latest statutory guidance published by the Department for Education (DfE) in October 2018 aims to ensure “that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.”  To achieve this aim, every school is expected to use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision.  The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Blenheim Careers

Intent – Blenheim’s careers education, information, advice and guidance programme aims to give students the knowledge, understanding and skills to plan and manage their progression through learning and into working life. Blenheim strives to ensure equality of opportunity by widening students’ horizons, providing inspiration and raising aspiration to unlock the potential of all learners.  This will be achieved through: 

  • Self-awareness - helping students to reflect on their ambitions, interests, strengths and abilities, recognise their potential and how they can shape their future via the Life Skills and Wellbeing programme of study.
  • Career Exploration - helping students to understand and investigate career opportunities, learning pathways, the labour market and employment sectors via the Blenheim curriculum education initiative “Careers in Context”.

Careers In Context Initiative

  • Career Management - helping students to plan, make decisions, implement choices and develop a range of skills enabling them to manage their own careers and prepare themselves for employment via the provision of statutory professional careers guidance from years 11  to 13. This includes links to a variety of internet based careers programmes, E-Magazines, details of apprenticeships and work-based training schemes, Further Education College and University open and taster days and much more.  In addition, we have a separate Careers Library which contains a large range of reference books, university and college prospectuses and employment sector information.

Implementation  Providing a distinct and progressive careers curriculum for every year group and embracing and embedding the requirements of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Impact – Blenheim’s Careers Programme is assessed using a variety of measures; integrated in the Life skills & Wellbeing curriculum, work sampling, whole school “careers in context” initiative delivery in all curriculum subject areas, student and parent surveys at transition points, completing the Careers & Enterprise Company’s Compass Audit every 6 months, re-accreditation of the national Quality in Careers Standard award, monitoring destinations data and the school's development plan.

Blenheim currently holds the prestigious Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS) award which is the national quality award for excellence in careers education, information advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools and provision is re-assessed every 3 years.  QiCS is fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks and fully complies with the DfE’s statutory guidance.  

The independent assessor reports that there is:

a strong focus on supporting students as individuals and ensuring that they understand the links between work and achievement at school and career aspirations. They are well prepared for decision making at 14, 16 and beyond.

“the importance of the holistic development of each student and the importance of the CEIAG programme in enabling them to develop a range of personal and employability skills that will prepare them to succeed at transition.”

Careers Education

Careers education is delivered to all year groups as part of the Life Skills and Wellbeing curriculum. Careers lessons in the Life skills and Wellbeing's academic yearly programme are outlined below. 

Year Group  Life Skills and Well Being Lessons
7 Lesson 1 - An introduction to Careers Education and Planning for your Future
7 Lesson 2 - Finding and Using Careers Information
7 Lesson 3 - Transition Points in Your Life
7 Lesson 4 - An Introduction to Personal Qualities and Skills
7 Lesson 5 - Career Management - Goals, Targets and Action Planning
8 Lesson 1 - Personal Qualities and Skills Revisited
8 Lesson 2 - Career Interests and Job Ideas
8 Lesson 3 - Labour Market Information
8 Lesson 4 -  Qualifications and Progression Pathways
8 Lesson 5 - Subjects and Abilities
8 Lesson 6 - Making Decisions about KS4 Options
9 Lesson 1 - Understanding Work and Workplace Values
9 Lesson 2 - Jobs, Occupations and Future Occupations
9 Lesson 3 - Business Structures and Organisation
9 Lesson 4 - Enterprise and Entrepreneurship
9 Lesson 5 - Equality, Diversity and Stereotypes in the Workplace
10 Lesson 1 - Researching Employers and Understanding Mission Statements
10 Lesson 2 - Workplace Relationships and Employer Expectations
10 Lesson 3 - Employment Status and Contracts
10 Lesson 4 - Legal Rights and Responsibilities in the Workplace - The Law
10 Lesson 5 - Using Labour Market Information in Planning for the Future
10 Lesson 6 - Skills and Employability
11 Lesson 1 - Post-16 Options and Planning for the Future
11 Lesson 2 - Personal Branding
11 Lesson 3 - Writing a Personal Statement
11 Lesson 4 - Making Applications and Interview Preparation
11 Lesson 5 - CVs
11 Lesson 6 - Post-18 Options and Your Future Working Life in a Changing World


Download the full Careers Programme

Raising aspirations and ensuring students are well-informed about current careers pathways and prospects is a crucial element to their ongoing journey at Blenheim.  We believe it is essential that our young people have every opportunity to discuss and explore their future pathways and make well-informed decisions that will create a strong foundation for their next steps

“Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try” JFK

Links for information:

Careers Policy Summary of Effectiveness 2020-21

Careers Provider Access Policy

Careers In Context Initiative

View Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance Policy
Whole School Careers Programme

Visit our dedicated Blenheim Careers Portal

National Careers Service
Government information about Apprenticeships

Further information about Apprenticeships


"What's your next move?"

Job Centre Near Me

Labour Market Information For All 

Bronze School Mental Health Award