Careers Education

Careers Programme

Careers Leader: Senior Leader, Mr Paul Atkinson

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Careers guidance is as much about inspiration and aspiration as it is about advice. Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) should prepare young people to be able to make informed choices about their career pathways.

Schools have a statutory requirement to secure independent and impartial guidance for Years 8-13 (years 8-11 at Jarrow). This includes managing the access for providers to students at Jarrow School, for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under section 42B of the Education Act 1997.


Jarrow School is fully committed to attain the Gatsby Benchmarks, which sets out to develop and improve careers provision and we believe that Jarrow has a CEIAG programme that is structured and stable.

The School is committed to ensuring that the CEIAG advice students receive is:

  • Impartial
  • Varied (a range of education or training opportunities, including apprenticeships)
  • In the best interests of the students
  • Meets the needs of the students

Jarrow School works alongside a number of providers (see separate document regarding access).

Information for parents/carers:

A bespoke programme has been developed for each year group to ensure individual needs are met and activities are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning. An overview of the programme will be shared with parents/carers in this document and the learning journey can be found here.   Throughout the year students will engage with employers from a variety of sectors. An overview of these opportunities can be found in the school’s Provider Access Policy.  If you would like further information about the career programme please contact Claire Frater in the first instance. Telephone: 0191 428 3200 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Parents/carers have the opportunity to provide feedback about school life, including the career programme, at information and parents’ evenings.

Information for staff:

The career programme is part of the school’s SMC programme which is a static timetabled lesson with additional organised events throughout the year.  Each year group has its own programme and this operates as a carousel across the year. Members of staff are allocated to a specific year group and topic.  The programme is evaluated in the summer term and includes opportunities for staff to feedback; outcomes inform future planning.  Departments have named Career Champions to promote Careers learning within their own subject areas.

Information for employers:

A range of events, integrated into the school’s careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to speak to students and/or their parents. An overview of these opportunities and how to access them can be found in our Provider Access Policy.  and the Student Learning Journey on the VLE.

Curriculum Learning

Each subject area to deliver two career based lessons in Year 7 and 8

  1. These should explicitly link the subject to a chosen profession or professions in an engaging way for students.
  2. Students should have evidence of these lessons in their exercise books or have mapped them into their curriculum plans.
  3. In STEM subjects the development of confidence in girls to study science and maths is a priority. (46. From DfE guidance).
  4. During SMC and assembly time, career-focused sessions are delivered throughout the year.

Virtual Programmes are being developed in the light of the Corona Virus pandemic.  We are working closely with Employers to broaden content on the VLE to support careers learning and enrichment.  Wherever possible, face to face delivery will continue, with programmes adapted to ensure H&S requirements are fully met and student safety guaranteed.

Year 7 Events

  • Two Business inputs
  • Career detectives/JED
  • Transformation Trust/Barclays
  • National networks for speakers/assembly inputs
  • Employability skills awareness events and workshops
  • Careers encounters with various employers. These are drop-down days with businesses to deliver the skills needed for employment.

Year 8 Events

  • Career Taster Days/Speed dating/Decision Making/Skills Days/JED
  • Options information evening where applicable
  • Small Piece Trust –KS3 Enterprise/Employability
  • National networks for speakers/assembly inputs
  • Careers encounters with various employers. These are drop-down days with businesses to deliver the skills needed for employment.

Year 9 Events

  • Business/Community events
  • FE and HE taster days
  • National networks for speakers/assembly inputs
  • Variety of company visits
  • Careers encounters with various employers. These are drop-down days with businesses to deliver the skills needed for employment.
  • Options Information evenings

Year 10 Events

  • Work experience and Progression Week 
  • National networks for speakers/assembly inputs/JED and associated research in SMC
  • A level and Vocational taster days
  • Training Provider Conference/Apprenticeship IAG with ASK
  • Connexions - Work Experience/LMI/CPD
  • Inspiring the Future – ambassadors from all career backgrounds/employability skills
  • Careers encounters with various employers. These are drop-down days with businesses to deliver the skills needed for employment.
  • Mentoring programmes e.g. FF, Barclays, Medicine etc.

Year 11 Events

  • An opportunity for students to meet with a variety of employers, enabling them to ask questions and engage in research into possible career paths. (Delivered in SMC)
  • Careers event
  • Job skills series
  • Inspiring the Future – ambassadors from all career backgrounds plus employability and research skills e.g. JED, NCS ASK, etc.
  • Connexions - Work Experience/LMI/CPD
  • One to one independent CEIAG Advice
  • An opportunity for students to engage with local FE providers.
  • Careers Twilight 
  • Informal drop-in sessions that are held weekly and allow students to discuss any worries regarding the next steps in their education.
  • Careers Guidance interviews with external advisor
  • An event, held in school, that provides parents with an opportunity to discuss any worries/questions that they have regarding post-16 pathways.
  • Transition mentoring e.g. FF, Barclays, Connexions, Training Provider Network etc. to include all SEN and disadvantaged

Useful Resources and External Organisations

Gatsby Good Career Guidance. A report on improving career guidance in secondary schools which includes the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Careers & Enterprise Company. The Careers & Enterprise Company brokers links between employers, schools and colleges in order to ensure that young people aged 12-18 get the inspiration and guidance they need for success in working life.

National Careers Service. The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.

LMI for All. An online data portal, which connects and standardises existing sources of high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) with the aim of informing careers decisions. This data is made freely available via an Application Programming Interface (API) for use in websites and applications.

The information on this page will be reviewed on 1st July 2021

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