The Bay CE School Careers Programme 2020/21 (Secondary)

We have an inspiring Careers programme designed to develop students’ employability, career management and learning skills. Students will complete a self-awareness programme during PSCHEE, designed to develop their employability, career management and learning skills. They will also learn how to search, apply for and succeed in future work and education opportunities. Students are made aware of  local educational establishments and Training Providers and are encouraged to attend open evenings as well as being supported to attend college interviews.

One to one guidance interviews are conducted by our independent Careers Adviser, Ian Riley, (Diploma in Career Guidance, Level 6), from Island Futures (

Every student is treated individually and students are supported with their decisions and the application process. Students are prepared for each transition point and the choices they make during assemblies, options evenings, small group sessions and 1-1 interviews.     

Students in Years 10 and 11 will have at least one impartial career guidance interview with Ian Riley as well as consistent support from the Careers Department. Parents and carers will be notified of their child’s careers appointment in advance and will receive a summary of the discussion. The Careers Programme is embedded across the school through the curriculum links. Teachers are responsible for promoting their subjects and the relevance of the curriculum by adding real life context to lessons and linking subjects to careers and the real world. Cross-curricular skills are also developed enabling students to become lifelong learners.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges. Each of the above activities relates to at least one of these benchmarks.

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

A range of careers noticeboards are located around the school site to encourage students to update themselves and be aware of external careers events. As well as up to date information on careers events, this year we have a monthly theme of careers related to a specific curriculum subject displayed on each noticeboard. This links to benchmark 4.

How does the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils?  

All students are asked to give feedback from careers activities that they participate in at school. This helps us to assess the benefits of the events that we provide to students as well as their engagement levels. Students and parents are asked to give feedback about Careers Education, advice and provision provided by the school. We also collate destination data.

Useful links

Career Coach – Hampshire & Isle of wight

Career Companion

This information will be reviewed in November 2021. 

Click here to view The Bay CE School Careers handout for students

Click here to view The Bay CE School Careers Programme 2019-20

If you would like any further information about our Careers Programme please contact:

Mrs  L Walters, Assistant Headteacher
Telephone: 01983 403284 



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