Careers information and advice

The Careers Leader at King's is Assistant Headteacher, Mr Ben Walker. He can be reached via or on 01273 840004. 

King's Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) programme

 The key elements of a good Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme should be to develop the self-awareness, opportunity awareness, decision making and transition planning skills of its students. It should also look to raise aspirations, broaden horizons and breakdown stereotypes. It should help students to understand the purpose, and benefits, of education and it should aim to inspire them to greater achievement in their formal qualifications as well as successful progression into the next stage of their lives, and the ‘world of work’ in the longer term.

A robust and inspiring CEIAG programme should be an integral part of the whole school and, as a result, Kings’s CEIAG programme incorporates both formal careers education, information, advice and guidance activities, as well as other opportunities linked to each of the students’ subjects, whether this is delivered through/by bespoke lessons, external speakers, educational visits or developing our staff’s knowledge of the careers and opportunities linked to their subject areas.

We believe that the whole school staff has a responsibility for the ‘careers education’ of its students and, therefore, it is important that all staff maintain an up-to-date knowledge of the opportunities that relate to their subjects, encourage students to explore ideas and are happy to provide additional information to students, or to refer them to other resources/colleagues with a more specific knowledge. In addition to the proposed CEIAG programme, we should also aim to provide students with opportunities to experience the ‘world of work’ and to develop their key employability and enterprise skills throughout Years 7 – 11 and beyond if they continue on into the 6th Form. This will be achieved through their formal education as well as through extra and super-curricular activities both in school and outside of school. This part of the CEIAG programme should be built around the form tutor and, once again, will be an opportunity for the school to draw the links between academic achievement and the students’ future progression and should aim to confirm to the students that they will need more than just qualifications in order to be successful in their future plans.

Finally, we aim to continue to develop a range of different resources, including through the school’s website, to support the students (and their parents/carers) in researching and planning their futures, and we will work closely with other organisations, including the local authority, Further and Higher Education providers (including apprenticeship providers) and employers to offer appropriate information and support for all of our students so that they can all make successful transitions within, and beyond, Kings and have successful and fulfilling lives in the future. We see our careers provision as part of our "Wisdom" curriculum.

 Aims & objectives of the Kings Careers programme

At Kings our aim is to ensure that every student receives a comprehensive careers education to assist them to develop employability skills and knowledge of available pathways to enable them to make informed decisions following Year 9, Year 11 or Year 13.

In January 2018 the DofE issued a new Statuary Careers Guidance which outlined the 8 Gatsby benchmarks that schools should meet by 2020.  The Benchmarks are as follows:-

  •    Bench mark 1 - A stable career programme
  •    Bench mark 2 - Learning from career and labour market information
  •    Bench mark 3 - Addressing the needs of each student
  •    Bench mark 4 - Linking curriculum learning to careers
  •    Bench mark 5 - Encounters with employers and employees
  •    Bench mark 6 - Experience of workplaces
  •    Bench mark 7 - Encounters with further and higher education
  •    Bench mark 8 - Personal Guidance

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