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Careers Education and Guidance

Careers Education & Guidance Policy 2018


The Careers Education and Guidance Policy at Carlton Digby has been developed to incorporate the aims of the school and recent initiatives in careers education in relation to the Gatsby Benchmarks. The planned programme of study helps students to understand their interests, strengths and weaknesses in relation to the world of work and lifelong education. It incorporates planned activities that use the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding that are useful in work, including learning through the experience of work, about work and working practices and learning the skills for work.

Students learn about different careers and opportunities for training, apprenticeships and volunteering and investigate further education options.

Gatsby Benchmarks

This policy is written in conjunction with the requirements for the Gatsby Benchmarks:

  • Benchmark 1: A stable careers programme
  • Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information
  • Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Benchmark 4:Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees
  • Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces
  • Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education
  • Benchmark 8: Personal guidance


The focus of Careers Education and Guidance is to provide informed career and option choice, raising aspirations and equipping students with knowledge and understanding, skills and attitudes as a foundation for managing their lifelong career and learning.

Roles & Responsibilities

Careers lead contacts:

Tricia Lebeter/ Naomi Boulter


Telephone: 0115 9568289

The careers education programme is managed by the careers education team which consists of the upper school links coordinator, an external Enterprise Advisor and the deputy head teacher. The team also works with Gedling Council and has a Partnership with ‘Sharewear’.

At Carlton Digby, all staff contribute in some way, to the careers education programme through their varied roles as teachers or members of the support staff team.


Careers Education and Guidance comprises five components:

  • Careers education within the curriculum
  • Planning and recording of achievement and work-related activities
  • Work experience
  • Access to individual guidance and support (from an appropriately trained source)
  • Access to careers information

The programme includes:

  • Careers education lessons
  • Careers guidance (individual planning and interviews, information and research activities)
  • Action planning and recording achievements
  • Mock interviews/ telephone calls with an Enterprise Advisor.
  • Raising aspirations activities
  • Vocational taster sessions (within sixth form)
  • Extended work placements and volunteering
  • Internal or external work experience for all.
  • Titan independent travel training.
  • Work simulations or role play.
  • Curriculum linked visits
  • Visits to work places.
  • Problem solving and work activities.
  • Student Council.
  • Taster sessions at local day services and colleges.
  • Participation in ‘The World of Work’ week.

Work Experience

Work Experience is an important part of the educational entitlement of every pupil at Carlton Digby. All pupils are given the opportunity to access work experience.  The practice of work experience is planned and monitored by the upper school links co-ordinator. It is designed in such a way to take full account of the needs of the pupils and to give pupils an insight into the world of work.

When pupils return from work experience, their experience of the process is discussed and evaluated by staff and students. Most work experience placements are supported by a member of support staff. This is assessed on an individual basis. Employers are encouraged to evaluate the process and feedback to the upper school links coordinator. This information has to be kept, securely, for 3 years after the young person leaves school. The information will be used to improve future practise.

Other focused events include enterprise activities, whole-school ‘world of work’ week and transition fayres held within school. These include colleges, apprenticeship, supported internships and local businesses.

Careers education will take place in PSHE sessions, during whole school “working life week”, and is embedded into all aspects of the curriculum. This is overseen by the upper school links coordinator.

The careers programme at Carlton Digby aims to meet the needs of all students at this school and is differentiated in terms of outcomes, resources and learning styles to ensure that it is appropriate to students’ stages of career learning and development.


In the sixth form department, students are working towards qualifications from the ‘AIM’ awarding body at the appropriate level (from Entry 1- 3).

Equal Opportunities

We aim to promote positive ways in which our career guidance and education curriculum addresses a broad spectrum of equal opportunities. Students are encouraged to develop skills for dealing with discrimination of all forms and there is an assurance that no student will suffer discrimination as a consequence of ethnicity, gender, social background or disability. All students are offered impartial, confidential and detailed advice regarding choices of destination and appropriate pathways.

Monitoring, Review and Evaluation

Evaluations take place after career-related events so we can assess whether or not career outcomes have been met.

Evaluations are carried out from time and will take the form of questionnaires, evaluation forms, and feedback on aspects of the programme, as required.

Assessment takes place through verbal feedback/ assessment, observation and written assessment. Each pupil will have a record of the activities they have participated in relating to careers. This will support the young person to have personalised advice and guidance based on their experiences. 


Partnerships have been firmly established with Gedling Council, Sharewear and local charities who provide work experience placements. Other firm links have been developed with F.E colleges and internship organisations.

In addition, Carlton Digby School is part of the Special Schools Soft Federation. We work with other special schools to share ideas, expertise and links regarding pathways and work related learning opportunities.


Parents/Carers play an integral part in students’ understanding of career choices and are encouraged to attend a range of career events including parents’ evenings, transition events, work experience events and annual reviews.

Review Date: September 2019

This policy was developed and is being reviewed annually through discussions with staff; students, parents, governors and other external agencies.