Career Development Programme

Ofsted Report November 2017; Personal Development, Behaviour and Welfare
“Pupils, from Year 7 onwards, are taught with enthusiasm about careers. Year 7 pupils are keen to participate in the personal development days that introduce employability skills, and in Year 8 pupils are encouraged to start thinking about what drives and inspires them. Pupils in Year 11 attend valuable sessions about different areas of work as well as having conversations with staff and a specialist adviser before choosing their post-16 options.”

The Henry Box School - Career Development Team Talentino®

As a school we must now be working in line with the Department for Education Career Strategy and therefore working towards meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks (see the Downloads below).



How we are currently meeting this benchmark

A Stable Careers Programme


Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

  • Offer a whole school careers programme and support embedding it within the school including engaging parents and engaging and training/working with employers to be part of a long term network. Report to governors and offer Early Career Coaching training, IITB training and Career Strategy guidance

Learning From Career &

Labour Market Information


Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

  • Full set of accessible resources about opportunities provided. These are reviewed annually and work in line with the PSHE programme.

  • In-school careers coaches are trained and actively support students to utilise resources  and create career development plans

Addressing The Needs Of Each Pupil


Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

  • Tailored to meet the needs of young people with a range of needs including SEN students. Student meetings differentiate on individual needs from group, 1-2-1, multiple, types of resources needed.  Session plans and resources are differentiated based on the needs of the participants and individual career development plans are created

Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of stem subjects for a wide range of future career paths.

  • Careers coaching is delivered through a classroom based modular programme linked through to the assessment of pupils

  • Curriculum staff are encouraged to engage in the networking opportunities provided with external business partners

Encounters With Employers And Employees


Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

  • Employer engagement is developed through the Careers and Enterprise Company – Enterprise Advisor Network

  • School is supported to build a network of engaged employers to provide ongoing and multiple meaningful engagements with employers

Experiences Of Workplaces

Every pupil should have first-­hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

  • School is supported to build a network of engaged employers through the OxLEP team

  • The programme provides a framework for working experience projects (School based, visits and work experience)

  • Pupils are fully supported to engage with employers through a range of suitable activities

  • Employers have training and many opportunities to raise awareness of the differing needs of pupils

Encounters With Further

Higher Education


All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, universities and in the workplace.

  • All pupils are given the opportunity to engage with those offering further education (college, t-qualifications, sixth forms, University and Apprenticeships)

  • Engagement with those from University and those offering higher apprenticeships occurs on a planned phased basis in the sixth form

Personal Guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but timed to meet their individual needs

  • Careers coaches are embedded within school, however this is an area for improvement from a capacity view point

  • It’s In The Box Programme supports pupils at the time when significant career choices are being made and is flexible to meet the needs of individual pupils


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Gatsby Benchmark 25th Feb 2019 Download