CareersInc Information to students letter

Careers Advice

The careers education and guidance programme at Outwood Academy Carlton seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

CareersInc are an external, independent and impartial careers guidance service who will support you to aim high in your career goals and aspirations.

As a student at Outwood Academy Carlton you are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:

  • Personal to you and always puts your interests first
  • Motivates and inspires you to consider all opportunities both within and outside Outwood Academy Carlton
  • Helps you to gain the skills you need to make your career ambitions a reality
  • Provides the support you need to be successful
  • Helps you access any additional support you might need
  • Is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge
  • Understanding of career pathways and local labour market information
  • Protects and respects your personal information and shares it only with your consent
  • Together with staff from CareersInc we will support your career development in a number of ways including:

Information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help you make decisions about your future

  • activities and events such as careers fairs
  • access to career advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions (Tuesday and Wednesday 2.30 – 3.30), learning pathway planning and results days
  • careers information and IT based careers programmes
  • information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and websites.

At the Academy we have a Careers office based in C2-09 which is run by CareersInc, who can support and advise students on all aspects of Careers guidance. We also have a careers library located in the main library of the Academy. Within the careers library students can also find out about Sixth Form and College courses as well as other pathways including Apprenticeships, traineeships and vocational routes and be supported with applications and CVs.

The Getting Into Uni Guide


“Which? University” has teamed up with The Student Room to create a brand new guide to getting into university. It covers every key step on our students’ road to university, but without that horrible jargon. With their guide, our students won’t miss a step!

The Scholars’ Programme

The Scholars’ Programme is to raise aspirations, achieve excellence and secure futures. The aims of the Scholars’ programme are to:

  • Inspire students to find their ‘passion’;
  • Offer extensive and personalised enrichment opportunities;
  • Provide academic and aspirational mentoring for students;
  • Give parents and students access to information about and experience of further and higher education.

Please find below the Scholars’ Launch presentation.

Outwood Academy Carlton’s Careers programme

Carlton’s careers programme is committed to developing a whole school approach in providing all students up to date, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance defined by the CDI framework and Gatsby standards to ensure each student has high aspirations and is fully prepared for their next steps in education, training and employment beyond their time at Carlton.

Please see the below document on the Carlton Careers Programme:

Further Links

For more information relating to provider access, please see our Provider Access Policy by clicking here...

Careers Programme 2018-2019

Careers Leader: Linzi Malcolm (Associate Assistant Principal) 01226 728494


Outwood Academy Carlton’s Careers Programme is committed to developing a whole school approach to providing all students with up-to-date, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as defined by the CDI framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Our guidance and support aims to guarantee students have clear, aspirational and realistic goals for their future study. This it turn secures increased motivation towards studies, higher self-esteem, greater attainment at GCSE, and ever improving staying on rates at college, leading to all our learners securing meaningful and engaging employment.

We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to secure placements for our students and seek to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and the country, require. The development of the workplace skills will increasingly be supported by our curriculum and specific events, and we are introducing employer engagement sessions within curriculum subjects for the first time during 2018-19.

Through our Careers Programme young people will secure:

1. Encounters with employers, with workplaces and with further and higher education
2. Information about jobs and how the curriculum connects careers
3. A plan tailored to individual needs and supported by guidance
We are committed to the vision laid out in the DfE January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that:

  • our academy has begun to offer every young person at least one meaningful encounter with employers per year, from Years 7 to 11
  • our academy has appointed a named person to the role of Careers Leader
  • our academy has published details of its careers programme so that parents can see the timetable for events (download document above)
  • our academy has begun using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, aiming to ensure that all of them are met by the end of December 2020

What we have published online

  • Our ‘Access to Providers’ Policy
  • the name, email address and telephone number of our Careers Leader
  • a summary of the careers programme, including details of how students, parents, teachers and employers may access information about careers
  • how the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on students
  • the date of the school’s next review of the information published

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance to be in place by 2020

1. A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

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

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.

5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, in particular within curriculum lessons, at least one per year.

6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student will 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.

7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace

8. Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Careers Programme

See the document above, via the link button “Carlton Careers Programme”

Review and Measurement of Impact

We were re-accredited with the CEIAG Quality Award – the Quality in Careers Standard in June 2018, and are next due for re-accreditation in June 2021.

We review the success of out careers programme by looking at the destinations of our exiting Year 11 students with a target of 0% NEET (students not in education, employment or training).

The careers information on this website will next be reviewed in February 2019.

Resilience Skills – Future First

We’ve put together some activities to support students in developing their resilience skills. The aim is to provide young people with tools and tactics to cope with challenges they’re facing at this difficult time. These activities will help students reflect on their wellbeing in everyday life, and any adaptations they can make to support themselves and others.

Each activity is supported by alumni volunteers, who have shared their experiences and advice for being resilient. Feel free to use these videos or reach out to your own alumni network to create content featuring your own former students. Each video is accompanied by two files: activity instructions and worksheets. To download the activity resources, please select the theme below.

  • Support networks and empathy: students learn about the importance of empathy, who is in their support network, and how to ensure they are listening ‘actively’ when supporting others.
  • Hobbies and interests design a weekly framework for activities, using their time at home to develop skills and find hobbies that they excel at and enjoy.

We hope that these tools are useful. Don’t forget we also have other resources suitable for students to access at home available on pathways, skills and strengths and for primary aged pupils. If there are specific topics you’d like us to cover then please do let us know.

We continue to be here to help and support you during this difficult time. To talk about other ways volunteers can support your young people, please do get in touch with your Alumni Programme Officer.

Information on Apprenticeships

The below documents are information packs for parents to support with apprenticeships.