Supporting students' careers progression

Careers Education, Information and Guidance

Preparing our young people for the future.

Careers Education, Information and Guidance

Our Careers Leader at Studio West is Ms Ruby Begum (email [email protected]). Careers education is delivered in a variety of ways: through lessons, workshops, assemblies, one-to-one interviews, work place visits, and events which take place both inside and outside school. In the documents available to download at the foot of this page, we have set out which activities take place throughout the year for each year group and how external providers can request access. We measure the impact of these activities in a variety of ways, for example analysing destination data and seeking feedback from students, staff and other participants involved in the programme, such as employers. Our progress towards achieving the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance is measured using the Compass evaluation tool.

If you would like to offer feedback or any further comments on our Careers Programme please email Ms Begum using the details above. It is the aim of Studio West to fully meet the eight Gatsby benchmarks for Good Career Guidance:

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

Experiences of workplaces

Experience of workplaces is an important part of the careers provision offered to students at Studio West. All students are given the opportunity of a 1 week work placement in year 9 and also 1 week in year 10.

All students will be given further information on this in advance.

Students also develop essential employment skills through enterprise days built around the themes of:

  • Media and Communication
  • Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
  • Visual Arts
Student Entitlement Statement

Teachers in the academies and qualified career professionals will support students’ career development in a number of ways including:

  • Access to broad and balanced curriculum provision.
  • The opportunity to learn the different STEM subjects to help them gain entry to, and be more effective workers within, a wide range of careers (by the age of 14).
  • At least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part time jobs they may have (by the age of 16).
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through Options events, Futures Fairs, assemblies and group discussions and taster events.
  • Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses available. At points across the school year, a variety of employers and external providers are invited into Studio West to talk about different careers (Please see our Provider Access Policy).
  • Information and discussion in lessons, drop-down days and assemblies to help students make informed decisions about their future.
  • Access to careers advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions, workshops, career fairs, enrichment activities and on results days.
  • Careers information and I.T based careers programmes.
  • Information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and the school website.
  • Identifying the needs of all students to target students who require early or additional support in their transition.
Labour Market Information

It’s important that our students are aware of Labour Market Information, which can help them in making decisions about their future. This information is presented to students through our comprehensive PSHE programme, but we also encourage all students and their parents/carers to explore the information available online.

Apprenticeships, University, Careers
Supporting the Careers Programme

Could you support a workplace visit? Or would you like to run a workshop or deliver a talk linked to your area of employment? Whether you are a parent/carer of one of our current or past students, school alumni or a local business, we’d love to hear from you if you would be willing to support students.

Encounters with employers are such an important part of career development and we try to include as many as possible – but this is not without its challenges. There is no need to commit to anything, but if you would like to express an interest in offering any of the above to our students please contact  [email protected] detailing your name, your organisation, the activity you would like to offer/be involved in and which year group the activity may be best suited for.

Equality and Diversity

The careers education and guidance delivery satisfy the requirements of the School’s Equal Opportunities Policy. All students, regardless of their race, class, gender, faith or special educational needs, have the same access to our resources, wherever possible.


Careers Policy

Studio West Provider Access Policy Statement – Draft 

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