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Careers Programme

Policy: Information, Advice and Guidance Strategy

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Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is an integral part of all students’ entitlement and learning at Barnwell. Effective careers support will help to prepare young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life; it can help them to make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers. As options for young people become more varied and complex, it is vital that we support them to develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices for their future. As a result, innovative employer engagement is a whole-school priority designed to complement the rest of the school curriculum.

Students are also encouraged to visit our Futures & Aspirations section.


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Learning Journey

Careers IAG Learning Journey


Barnwell School is using the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve its careers provision. 


There are 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and these are:










The school’s Careers Leader is Mr Martyn Patching (Assistant Headteacher).


Barnwell School’s Programme of Activities




Year Group

Work Shadowing

Students can shadow a member of their family at work for a day.

Years 8 and 10.

Understanding the labour market

A video clip that paints a picture of Hertfordshire’s labour market detailing the types of industry and common enterprises within the county.

Years 9 -13

Sixth Form work experience

A 2-week placement in the summer term. 

Year 12

Career Talks

Volunteers come in on a regular basis to deliver a lunchtime talk on specific careers.

Years 10 to 13

Visiting Speakers

A discussion about what it is like at work and what it takes to be successful in the workplace. 


Career Pathways

An assembly covering the different pathways available to students post-16 including apprenticeships (all levels), college, sixth form and university.

Years 8 to 11.


The school collates information about the destinations of students at the end of year 11 and year 13.

Years 11 and 13

STEM subjects

A talk about how the different STEM subjects help people to gain entry to, and be more effective workers within a wide range of careers.

Years 8 and 9.

University visits

Opportunities to meet university staff and students.

Years 9, 10, 12 and 13

Careers interview

One to one impartial careers advice and a guidance meeting with an advisor from YC Herts.

Year 11

Careers Fair

Students talk to a range of employers using a carousel format.

Years 10 and 11.

Weekly Bulletin


Weekly information on university open days, apprenticeship opportunities, college and sixth form open days and employment and training opportunities. 


Please click on the bulletin links for more information.

Whole school including sixth form and parents/carers.

Employers visits

A range of employers will talk to students in their curriculum areas about specific careers relevant to their subject area.

Whole School

Linked In

A presentation delivered to students about Linked In.

Year 12 and 13.

Apprenticeship Event

Students can learn about the range of apprenticeships available.

Year 10.

Subject specific work experience

This forms part of specific GCSE subjects and forms part of the school’s alternative provision programme for targeted students.

Years 10 and 11.

Student shadowing

Students have opportunities to shadow university students at the University of Hertfordshire.

Year 12

Promotion of career learning and development.

Barnwell Pride lessons focus on supporting students to make decisions about their options that will enhance their career opportunities.

Years 7-11.


Barnwell uses its school management information system, SIMS to keep a log of all the careers and enterprise activities that students take part in.  


Should you wish to make any enquiries about Barnwell’s Careers Guidance provision please email Mr Patching on or contact via telephone on 01438 222 500.

Barnwell School AIG Strategy
Learning Journey
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