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Careers  policy

Cornelius Vermuyden School



Approved by:

Jonathan Hibben

Date:  November 2018

Last reviewed on:

November 2018

Next review due by:

November 2019

This policy has been written in accordance with the Careers guidance October 2018 and access for education and training providers.


Cornelius Vermuyden Careers education and guidance programmes play a major part in helping young people choose pathways that suit their interests, abilities and individual needs. A robust careers programme helps avoid disengagement, puts school learning into a wider and more relevant context, and helps raise aspirations.

Cornelius Vermuyden careers’ programme helps our students to plan and manage their careers effectively, ensuring progression which is ambitious and aspirational. It promotes equality of opportunity, celebrates diversity and challenges stereotypes. The policy is designed to meet the Gatsby benchmarks and conforms to statutory requirements.


The Cornelius Vermuyden School  is committed to providing all students in Years 7-11 with a programme of careers activities and supporting activity. The programme has been developed in line with the eight Gatsby benchmarks for ensuring best practice and to meet the requirements of the Department for Education’s statutory guidance 2018.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

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

The current careers programme is delivered through a combination of methods, including Wellbeing lesson  in Years 7 and 9, Form Tutor-led activities  in Years 8, 10 and 11 and for Years 9 to 11 through assemblies, presentations, employer visits, work experience, seminars, workshops, drop down days and 1:1 sessions.


To help students develop the skills and confidence to make realistic and informed decisions about their futures and to manage the transitions from one stage of their education, training and work to the next.


  •  To ensure that students develop the skills and attitudes necessary for success in adult and working life;
  •  To make students aware of the range of opportunities which are realistically available to them in continued education and training at 14+ and 16+
  •   To equip students with the necessary decision-making skills to manage those same transitions;
  •  To develop in students an awareness of the wide variety of education, training and careers opportunities both locally and nationally;
  •  To encourage students to make good use of the paper-based, virtual and staff resources available to them, in order that they can make informed and appropriate choices throughout their school journey;
  •  To foster links between the school, local businesses and further/higher education establishments;
  • To enable students to experience the world of work and develop transferable skills;
  • To ensure that wherever possible, all young people leave the school to enter employment, further education or training;
  •   To maintain a culture of high aspirations;
  •  To promote equality of opportunity, celebrate diversity, challenge stereotypes and ensure all students who require any extra assistance and guidance to reach their potential, receive it.

Learning Outcomes

Students should be able to:

  •  Assess their achievements, qualities and skills;
  •  Present this information as appropriate;
  •  Use this information for personal development;
  •   Set career and learning targets;
  •  Recognise and deal accordingly with influences on their attitudes, values and behaviour in relation to work; and
  •  Recognise the value and impact their activities at school can have on their future.


The school guarantees impartial and independent advice via:

  • Access for all students and staff to the start profile careers exploration website and other appropriate sources of guidance;
  •   Promoting the National Careers Service Website and Helpline;
  •  Promotion of independent websites relevant to all career needs, from choosing a university to pursuing a career via an annually updated pamphlet – handed out during Integrated Studies lessons in Year 9, at options evenings, available on the school website, and on the school central drive; and
  •   Access to a wide variety of external speakers offering independent sources of information including several local and national employers, representatives from professional bodies and organisations including Procat College, USP college and , representatives of higher education establishments and former students, who are a valuable resource.

All staff have a part to play in the implementation of this policy through their role as tutors and as subject specialists.

Information and Resources

Careers information and resources are located in the  library, which contains up-to-date, impartial information presented in a variety of media. It is reviewed and renewed on a regular basis by the Careers  and College  prospectuses are current, and visual displays in the  libraries. The careers library can be accessed by students before school, during break and lunch times and after school. Form tutors can also book time to use it during registration slots and students have some of their timetabled Wellbeing  lessons based there.

Lesson plans and resources are provided by the Careers Leader to use during form time and Wellbeing lessons.

A pamphlet listing a variety of careers related websites – from general careers advice, to job specific websites, gap year advice and university advice is handed out to Year 9s, available on the school central drive and available on the school website.

Monitoring, Review and Evaluation

A report will be published on an annual basis, including an account of activities, a review of progress and an evaluation of pupil and parental responses to provision. This policy will be reviewed annually as part of the whole-school self-assessment process and will be reviewed by the governors when any additions or amendments are made. Parents are welcome to give feedback on any aspect of the school’s careers programme to  Mr J Hibben Careers Leader.

The Careers Leader’s work is assessed at least annually by the line manager from the via a Careers Audit

Student voice activities are conducted with students from various year groups at least once a year, with a separate survey used to collect feedback..


Every student at Cornelius’ is entitled to a thorough, personalised and aspirational programme of careers events throughout their time at Cornelius’. They are given support to follow whichever route they choose, whether this occurs at the end of KS4 or the end of KS5. Every student is made aware of the Cornelius’ careers student entitlement via assemblies, reminders during their Wellbeing lessons.


Parent Involvement

Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. Cornelius’ recognises that parents/carers remain the biggest influence on a young person’s career choices and as such we offer parents help and guidance at critical stages in the students’ time with us; for example, in Year 8 with KS4 options decisions, and  in 11 with 16+ choices and other applications.

Leader if they have any questions or concerns about their son’s progress and their son’/ daughter’s participation in careers events. They are entitled to have access to information about the options processes – provided via letter, on the school website and at information evenings.

Parents also have the opportunity to speak to the Careers Leader by phone, by appointment or at any Year 9 to 11 parental consultation event.


Careers and SEN provision.

Every student with SEN follows the same programme of careers as their peers, with adaption and support from the SEN team where appropriate. Since Cornelius’ careers programme is primarily focused on individual choice and personal aspirations it is tailored for young people’s needs naturally. If an issue should arise at a later date, as soon as it is recognised the SENCO requests that the Careers Leader organises a further one to one. Students can also self-refer and form tutors are also able to raise concerns. If a student has an additional need that current provisions cannot fully address, advice will be sought from the National Careers Service, for guidance on providing the best support.

The SENCO meets with parents/carers to discuss option suitability where their need is likely to have an impact on their choices during the option process. The SENCO supports the development of work experience placements, ensuring that providers are aware of individual needs, highlighting any considerations that need to be made and promoting a positive experience.


Links are also maintained with the local FE College together with various training providers supporting apprenticeships for those pupils considering that route as an alternative to further or higher education. In addition, we have forged strong links with some of the country’s most prestigious universities including Oxford and Cambridge, Durham, Lancaster, Newcastle, Nottingham and Queen’s, Belfast.

Provider Access

All providers will need to refer to the school’s Access Provider policy statement A provider wishing to request access should contact Mr J Hibben (Careers Leader), via 01268 685011 or

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents:

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

Year 8

Careers –Wellbeing Programme

Key Stage 4 options event

Careers workshop

Careers Fair

Year 9

Assembly and tutor group opportunities - employability skills


Year 9 Parents Evening Careers Advice – Sixth Form, Apprenticships 

Careers Fair

Year 10

Assembly and tutor group opportunities - employability skills

Year 11 Parents Evening Careers Advice – Sixth Form

Assembly on opportunities at 16- JHI

Careers Fair

Year 11

Assembly on opportunities at 16- JHI

Jessen Day

Mock interviews

Careers interviews

Year 11 Parents Evening Careers Advice – Sixth Form

Apprenticeships – support with applications

Careers Interviews

Post-16 evening


Links with the local authority:

The local authority has a duty under section 68 of the Education and Skills Act 2008 to encourage, enable and assist the participation of young people in education or training. In addition, the Education and Skills Act 2008 placed two new duties on local authorities from June 2013 in respect of 16-18 year olds in relation to the raising of the participation age:

  • ·  To promote the effective participation in education and training of young people covered by the duty to participate; and
  • ·  To have in place arrangements to identify those who are not participating.

Cornelius’ will work with the Local Authority, including sharing information, to support the above. In particular, in accordance with Section 13 of the above Act, the School will notify the local authority.

Links with the governing body:

All changes to the careers policy are approved by the school governing body and they are regularly informed about the progress of the careers programme via visits to the school and reports/presentations delivered by the Careers Leader.


Please refer to the  Provider access policy

Staff Links

All staff have a duty to play their part in students’ progress through the careers curriculum, for example:

Form tutors monitoring the progress of their tutee’s employability profile;
Subject teachers linking their curriculum subject to careers and ensuring students realise what skills their subject is promoting, as well as the opportunities a qualification in a subject can provide;
A teacher delivering careers education via Wellbeing lesson and through the tutor programme.
Coordinating or enabling work experience;
Providing a reference for someone’s job application;
Monitoring progress and conducting one to one interviews to ensure students are on track and assisting them with post-16, apprenticeships or employment; Senior managers ensuring a whole-school focus on careers education and supporting Gatsby BenchmaRK development;
Coordinating CPD to ensure all relevant staff are trained appropriately with regards to careers.

Staff Training

Opportunities are provided for attending further training courses and these are monitored and reviewed in the annual appraisal. The external, independent advisor who visits school weekly is level 6 qualified and his service level agreement dictates that his training is kept up to date.