CAREERS EDUCATION & GUIDANCE - preparing students for their future!
Making good progress towards meeting all the accreditation criteria incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks
A good quality careers guidance and education programme will raise the aspirations of all young people. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life post 16 and post 18 and we provide extensive opportunites for external providers to meet with students to provide careers and labour market information.
Careers guidance will contribute to raising pupil achievement, help students focus on their longer-term career ambitions and ensure an equality of opportunity for all. This aspiration links to the school's overall vision, which is that:
Our students grow into well-rounded individuals, equipped with the knowledge and skills they need to lead happy, meaningful lives within society
At The Deepings School we provide a comprehensive programme to students in every year group and this includes work related learning, enterprise education and option choices. Our careers calendar of activities can be viewed within the documents section at the bottom of this page.
Sixth Form students are well supported as they make applications to university, apply for Higher Level Apprenticeships or other post 18 pathways, as are SEND students.
Every student is entitled to receive high quality careers guidance to develop their career management skills and we are committed to ensuring our students have opportunities to aquire the knowledge and confidence to cope with life after school and become good citizens.
Through formal and informal evaluations the school annually assesses the impact of the careers programme and this is verified via an external moderator and independent audits. The low number of NEETS is an indication of the effectiveness of the programme. Views are sought from all stakeholders and the programme evolves to consider the needs of students and the local, national and global jobs market.
Please refer to the careers policy document for details of student entitlement. All information is reviewed and updated annually, but can be revised throughout the year to reflect new regulations and/or to meet the additional needs of students. The date of the next review is January 2021.
We aim to equip our students with the skills to career plan and know how and where to access impartial and unbiased information. Developing enterprise and employability skills are important and we are a National Citizen Service Champion School.
As part of their entitlement, students have access to external providers to ensure they learn about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships. Please see our provider access policy document, linked to this page via the employers and training providers section. The school is also a National Apprenticeship Champion School for it's work in highlighting this pathway.
Our NEET (not in employment, education or training) figures remain very low. Our 2019 Year 11 leavers progressed successfully onto pathways of their choice with 97.1% of the cohort meeting the RPA (raising of the participation age) compliance, compared with 95.1% England and 95.4% Lincolnshire . Year 12 achieved 97.4%, compared with 88.7% England and 89.5% Lincolnshire.
The Careers programme is developed in consideration of the CDI (Career Development Institute) framework and the Gatsby Report's eight benchmarks. Three key areas are:
Self Development - through careers, employability and enterprise education
Careers Exploration - learning about careers and the world of work
Career Management - learning how to develop career management and employability skills (to include managing changes and transitions)
The Deepings School contracts the services of a specialist personal guidance adviser to work with students during the academic year. A student can also request an appointment with the adviser. Bookings can be made via Mrs Taylor: firstname.lastname@example.org or students can visit Mrs Taylor in her office - A18, during tutor, break, lunchtime or after school.
The school shares student data with the external careers guidance practitioner so that impartial and individual advice can be offered. With consent of the student, action/next step plans are available to view by key members of staff and parents/carers.
Parents/carers have an important role to play in supporting their child with career planning and we have some useful documents linked to this page and a dedicated parents/carers page.
All Year 10 students have the opportunity to undertake a two-week period of work experience 11 – 22 May 2020. This is an invaluable opportunity, providing the chance to develop employability skills and sample the world of work. Work experience for Year 12 students takes place 13 - 17 July 2020. UPDATE...unfortunately our work experience programme is unable to take place this academic year.
Careers guidance is on-going throughout the academic year and is delivered through PSHEE lessons, collapsed timetable events, external trips and is enhanced by working with local businesses, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities. We have been credited with the prestigious Careers Mark Platinum award, the first school in Lincolnshire to achieve this. This award is now known nationally as the Quality in Careers Standard and provides an additional assessment of the impact of our programme. Another successful re-validation took place in November 2019.
For further information about our careers and work related programme please contact: Mrs L. Taylor, Careers Leader/Events Manager on 01778 342159 or Email:
Calendar of some of the key Careers events for 2019/2020
|Thursday 03 October 2019||Y10 work experience - parents evening|
|Thursday 07 November 2019||Y11 post 16 options – Deeping students event|
|Thursday 07 November 2019||Y11 post 16 options - parents information evening|
|Thursday 14 November 2019
Friday 22 November 2019
Sixth Form presentation evening
Wednesday 22 January 2020
Thursday 30 April 2020
Y8 options and work-related careers event
In-house Oxbridge Conference
|11-22 May 2020||Y10 work experience - CANCELLED|
|13 - 17 July 2020||Y12 work experience|
The above events and dates are subject to change.
Additional activities to include:
Year 10 employability skills workshop
Year 8 options and careers - planning for the future
Year 12 Post 18 options day/Careers marketplace
|Careers Websites and Magazines Updated J...||10th Feb 2020||Download|
|Careers Policy January 2020||13th Jan 2020||Download|
|Careers Plan Newsletter 2019 20||05th Sep 2019||Download|
|Careers Calendar 2019 20.pdf||18th Jul 2019||Download|
|External careers events. 2019 20.pdf||12th Jun 2019||Download|
|LMI January 2020||10th Feb 2020||Download|
|Cambridgeshire Peterborough LMI||10th Feb 2020||Download|
|Labour Market Information and Useful Ter...||02nd Oct 2018||Download|
|Careers Partners.docx||26th Jun 2019||Download|
|Privacy Notice||07th Oct 2016||Download|
|Parents Information Guide eBook||21st Jun 2017||Download|
|Parents Guide to Careers Guidance.pdf||20th Nov 2017||Download|
|Parents e book||01st Jun 2020||Download|
|parents apprenticeship pack May 2020||01st Jun 2020||Download|