Ofsted 2019: “The quality of careers education and guidance is exceptional. Pupils are provided with a wide range of external provision that is carefully and thoughtfully considered with pupils’ interests in mind. Consequently, by the time they leave school, pupils mostly have clear pathways into work, college, the sixth form or occasionally apprenticeships”.

Ofsted 2015: “Outstanding careers guidance and excellent partnership working with colleges and other providers help pupils gain high levels of work-related skills and qualifications. This all helps them to make the right choice for their future employment or training”.

“There are excellent arrangements to support pupils’ transition into the world of work or college. The school uses a range of part-time alternative placements to enrich its curriculum and offer pupils opportunities to acquire vocational skills relevant to future employment or training”.

Context: Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) refers to a range of activities and interventions that inform pupil’s decisions regarding progression through their learning into further education and employability. The Education Act requires schools to secure access to independent careers guidance for pupils in years 8-13. A raise of the participation age, has increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training. Pupils are able to choose from full-time education school or college, an apprenticeship/ traineeship, part-time education/ training, employment or self-employment or volunteering.

Objectives of our Careers programme: To inspire and motivate every pupil to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Inspiring pupils through real-life contacts with the world of further education and work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.

To help pupils make a smooth transition to post -16 education, employment and training and onto adult life by supporting them to overcome barriers to participation. Identifying appropriate interventions and opportunities in supporting pupils to make informed decisions with regards to education and employment. Ensuring pupil’s voices are heard in the EHCP and post 16 transition processes. Tracking the transition outcomes of pupils.

Delivery of Careers programme and partnership working: The whole school Careers provision is deliveries through a cohesive programme of individual independent careers interviews, Action Plans, Preparing for Adulthood Plans, External Provision placements, work experience, curriculum delivery and post-16 transition preparation. Through the CEIAG whole school curriculum programme pupils are prepared for the responsibilities and opportunities that they will encounter in life and to aid them in making the right decisions for their futures.

Through independent careers interviews, all pupils are helped to develop a careers Action Plan which is regularly monitored and reviewed. Pupils have access to a range of career education resources and on leaving they have a CV and a record of their entire academic and extra‑curricular achievements ready for the world of further education or work.

We liaise with the Local Authority around intended destinations of pupils and highlight those intending to leave or at risk of NEET (Not in employment, education or training) and work closely with Local Authority Personal Advisors ensuring good communication to secure positive outcomes for pupils.


Performance Indicators and evaluations for CEIAG: Judgements are made on the quality of independent careers guidance and the extent of students’ post 16 transition destinations. The extent to which the school has developed and implemented a programme for ensuring that pupils receive effective careers guidance to help them make informed choices about their next steps. How well the school meets the needs of all vulnerable groups of pupils, including reducing the numbers who do not continue to education, employment or training. How well the school works with families. Regular robust evaluations from pupils, parents/carers, staff and employers are used to judge the effectivness of careers events and ensure clear learning outcomes are met. The whole school careers programme is evaluated through the Compass tool in order to continually improve and remain compliant with the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Whole School Careers Program Mapped to Gatsby Benchmark – CLICK HERE


  • Careers Lead at Oak Bank school: Ms Martine Phillips Phone: 01525 374559 Email:
  • Careers/Employment Coach: Ms Zoe Walker Phone: 01525 374559 Email:
  • Enterprise Coordinator South East Local Enterprise Partnership: Deborah Foster
  • Oak Bank Governor for Careers Education: Richard Johnson OBE
  • STEM (Science, Technology,  Engineering & Maths) Ambassador: Dr Maria Simon, The University of Bedfordshire 

USEFUL CAREERS INFORMATION AND WEBSITES for staff, pupils, parents/carers and partners. 


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