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Careers Education

We recognise the importance of effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for young people and we expect all our students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We aim to inspire every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future and we wish to ensure that our students are not restricted by circumstances or location from becoming self-confident, well-educated and enterprising individuals. We work hard across the school in all our lessons and form periods to prevent all forms of stereotyping to ensure that boys and girls from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers including those that are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes.

We set high expectations, including for the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs and disabilities, so that every student is stretched and acquires the attributes that employers value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and so increase economic competitiveness and support social mobility. We work closely with the Local Enterprise Partnership Enterprise Adviser network, Ahead Partnership through their Make The Grade Programme, Diana Mentoring Award, Mosaic Mentoring, Into University, local colleges, higher education institutions and private training providers and employers such as the Civil Service, Unilever, and BAM Nuttall, to ensure our students get the most current information on opportunities available to them and the support to make the most of them.

We measure our success by our students’ destinations and this is reflected in higher numbers progressing to apprenticeships, universities – including selective universities, traineeships, and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. This will help to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.

Further details of the careers programme can be found in the John Smeaton Academy Careers Programme and our CEIAG policy.

Are you a student?

Students can request a meeting with our careers adviser by speaking to their form tutor or year manager, or by dropping into the careers space on the second floor outside Miss Lamble’s office. You can also use Start to explore your career options and plan for the future. Go to www.startprofile.com and register using the code 37643. You can also compare job salaries and availability side by side using the Careerometer www.lmiforall.org.uk/cm2/index.html

Are you a parent?

Learning more about post-16 options, career pathways and the job market is not just for students – the Careers team will be available at parents’ evenings over the course of the year to speak with parents about their child’s career interests and aspirations and she is also contactable on the following email address:

georgie.lamble@johnsmeatonacademy.org.uk or by Tel 01138313900 and ask for Miss Lamble.

If you are a parent and would like to find out more about the careers-related support and activities available for your child at John Smeaton Academy, then please get in touch with Miss Lamble, or follow the link below for lots of useful information, advice and guidance from the Parental Guidance website http://www.parentalguidance.org.uk/

Are you an employer, college, university, training or apprenticeship provider?

As a school, we have a statutory commitment to uphold the Education Act 1997 and the recent Technical and Further Education Act 2017, which involves adhering to the Baker Clause that came into force on 2nd January 2018 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-education-and-apprenticeships-raising-awareness)

The policy statement from the school explains how providers of technical education, such as alternative 14-16 providers, Further Education colleges and apprenticeship providers can apply for access to speak with our students in Years 8-11 about the various education and training options available to them at 14-16 and post-16, including details of suitable access points within our school calendar and the lead contact at the school who can help to facilitate this. If you have an interest in working with or coming in to speak with our students about any of the opportunities you may be able to provide to them in the future, details of who to contact can be found in our provider access policy. Please do get in touch.

Weekly Careers Tutor Focus: Key Skills, Gatsby Benchmark Framework

Yearly Careers Plan

Autumn 1:


Health & wellbeing

Autumn 2:


Living in the wider world

Spring 1:



Spring 2:


Health & wellbeing

Summer 1:



Summer 2:


Living in the wider world

Year 7


Gatsby Benchmarks

2, 3, 4, 5

Transition to secondary school


-Resilience module

- Key skills e.g. organising time with homelearning


Enterprise skills & learning about careers and the world of work


- Communication

- Labour Market Information (LMI)


Diversity, prejudice and social media

Managing relationships


- stereotyping

-social media


Wellbeing within the workplace and organisation


- Developing resilience

- Safety in the workplace

Skills reflection



- LMI focusing on Apprenticeships

- Skills development

Identifying choices and opportunities

& making ethical financial decisions


- Industries

- Money discussions


Year 8

Gatsby Benchmarks


2, 3, 4, 5

Confidence and health


- Assertiveness

-Key skills e.g. confidence

Raising careers aspirations



- Labour Market Information

- Aspirations 


Online safety and digital literacy


- Personal branding

-Self-awareness and self determination


Mental health, body image


-  Confidence module

-Working with others

Networking and communication importance


- Developing Communication

-Personal dreams

Understanding business and industry


- Business and Industry

- Balancing finances


Year 9

Gatsby Benchmarks

2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Assertiveness and lifestyle


- Assertiveness applied

-Identification of personal skills

Identifying skills strengths and setting goals (GCSE options process)


-Labour Market Information

- Choices and decisions 

Planning and deciding


- Developing confidence

-Challenging stereotypes

Managing your own resilience




How to help others



- Leadership (looking at types of traits of leaders).

- Vision 

Exploring careers and career development and routes


- Business and Industry Careers paths

- Capitalism and charity



Year 10

Gatsby Benchmarks

2, 3, 4, 5, 7

Transition to KS4 and developing study habits


-Skill development

- Study habits



Investigating work and working life

BeReady Skills:


- Labour Market Information (LMI) research

- Career Aspirations

Relationships building in the workplace


-  Business Etiquette

- Personal branding

Managing in the workplace and how to help others


-Choices and opportunities

-Challenges and managing them.

How to manage others 


- Leadership applied

-Vision applied through CV

Planning and deciding


- CV

-Progression and promotion

Year 11

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Learning habits and self-awareness


- Developing communication skills

– Stress management

-Self reflections

Preparing for employability


- LMI (preparation for Post-16 opportunities and choices)

- Skills for employment 


Success Post16 and in the workplace


- Business etiquette

- Clarity with application

Responsibilities and choices


- Post16 options

- Work experience

- CV development 

Maintaining strong networks


- Communication importance

- Social media and personal branding

Success post applications with interviews


- Mock interviews

-Post 16 and beyond study opportunities.

- Leading your own success

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