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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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Guidance Links For Students

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Barnwell School's careers platform.



UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services to inspire and facilitate educational progression.

YC Herts

YC Herts

YC Hertfordshire provides information, advice and guidance for young people aged 13-19



The Local Enterprise Partnership work with private and public sector partners to secure investment and economic growth for residents, businesses and the wider community.

Find an Apprenticeship

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Government website to find an apprenticeship.

Amazing Apprenticeships

Amazing Apprenticeships

An excleent website to help educators, employers and students navigate the fast-changing world of apprenticeships.

National Careers Service

 National Careers Service

We offer free and impartial information, advice and guidance to help you with your decisions about careers, courses and work.


icould is a website which is open to everyone which uses the power of personal stories to inform and inspire young people’s career choices.

Get my first job

Get my first job 

GetMyFirstJob offers you a whole new way to find Apprenticeships, Degree Apprenticeships, Work Experience and Graduate opportunities to get ahead.

Not going to uni

 Not going to uni

Not Going To Uni showcases the alternatives to the standard university route for school and college leavers.

I can be a...


Although this website is for careers in Norfolk and Suffolk, it has a ‘careers wizard’ tool which allows you to explore a range of careers based on your interests, your skills and your job interests.



Be Ready


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Employability - Interactive guidance platform. Please log in!


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.  

Monitoring and Evaluation

Our Careers programme is evaluated in several ways. Barnwell is a member of the Careers Enterprise Company and three times per year we complete the ‘Compass’ Careers Benchmark Tool.

• ‘Compass’ is a tool for schools and colleges in England, that quickly and easily helps us to evaluate our careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice – known as the Gatsby Benchmarks:

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

• To see more information on the Gatsby Benchmarks please click on the link below:
• We ask for student feedback on their experience of the careers programme and what they gained from it
• We collect staff feedback on careers lessons, activities and events
• We gather informal feedback from external partners and from parents
• We quality assure our careers provision in regular meeting with the Careers Enterprise Company
• We monitor student destination figures post-16 and post-18.

Monitoring, Evaluation and Review

This policy will be monitored and reviewed on an annual basis by the Senior Leadership Team (SLT).


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.


"The vast majority of pupils secure places in either higher education, training or employment when they leave the school, as a result of the effective careers information and guidance they receive from the school'

Ofsted - January 2018


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