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 the school provides 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 of all abilities and this includes aspects of 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.
Students in our Sixth Form are very well supported as they make their applications to university, apply for Higher Level Apprenticeships or other non university post 18 pathways, as are our SEND students, working closely with our internal additional needs team and external providers.
We believe that every student is entitled to receive high quality careers guidance to develop their career management skills. With this aim, 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 on students 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 year on year 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, together with the careers policy, is reviewed and updated annually, however information may 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.
It is important to equip our students with the necessary skills for them to career plan and know how and where to access impartial and unbiased information. Developing key enterprise and employability skills are important and we are pleased to have been selected as a National Citizen Service Champion School, for our student participation of the programme.
Additionally, as part of their entitlement, students have access to a range of 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 2018 Year 11 leavers progressed successfully onto the pathways of their choice with 98.80% of the cohort meeting the RPA (raising of the participation age) Compliance, compared with a 94.63% England and 95.73% Lincolnshire statistic. Year 12 achieved 98%, compared with 88.5% England and 89.1% 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 guidance from the DfE places a duty on schools to secure access to unbiased and impartial careers guidance for their students.
The Deepings School has secured the services of an external specialist guidance adviser to work with students during the academic year. Any student can also request an appointment with our independent adviser, Ms. Kay Boothby. Bookings can be made via Mrs Taylor: email@example.com 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 the 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 their careers planning and we have provided some useful documents linked to this page and a dedicated parents/carers page.
We are pleased to advise that all of our Year 10 students will 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. We will also provide work experience for our Year 12 students during the summer term.
Careers guidance is on-going throughout the academic year and is delivered through KS5 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|
|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
|Privacy Notice||07th Oct 2016||Download|
|Starting your first job or setting up in...||17th Oct 2016||Download|
|The Student Room - careers, further educ...||17th Oct 2016||Download|
|James, Programme Lead - UK Government||21st Oct 2016||Download|
|National Citizen Service.docx||18th Jan 2017||Download|
|Parents Information Guide eBook V3.pdf||21st Jun 2017||Download|
|Parents Guide to Careers Guidance.pdf||20th Nov 2017||Download|
|Labour Market Information and Useful Ter...||02nd Oct 2018||Download|
|Careers Guidance Websites||14th Feb 2019||Download|
|External careers events. 2019 20.pdf||12th Jun 2019||Download|
|Careers Partners.docx||26th Jun 2019||Download|
|Careers Calendar 2019 20.pdf||18th Jul 2019||Download|
|East Midlands labour market information...||18th Jul 2019||Download|
|Careers Plan Newsletter 2019 20||05th Sep 2019||Download|
|Careers Policy January 2020||13th Jan 2020||Download|