Our careers programme provides access to a range of opportunities that inspire young people.

Students will be offered the following:

  • Research Careers to explore dreams, hopes and aspirations in the Personal Development (PD) Programme Careers unit of work, linking skills and knowledge to future choices and decisions.  
  • Evaluate own skills and attributes and relate these to skills required for a range of jobs  
  • Addressing stereotypical career choices
  • Opportunities to listen to motivational speakers such as Sports Ambassadors; STEM Ambassadors
  • Access to the Careers section of the website provided in PD
  • Core values of team working, co-operation, resilience, responsibility, reflection, care, creativity, respect are embedded across the curriculum and wider school life
  • Employer interactions help our students to become more confident in speaking
  • Progressive participation in sessions run by local colleges and universities
  • Offer of a rich extracurricular and enrichment programme to develop students confidence and self esteem as well as contributing to soft skills development
  • Explore STEM subjects and careers through British Science Day, a whole school event with a progressive set of activities allowing students to speak directly to STEM Ambassadors and immerse themselves in hands-on activities.
  • High quality mentoring as part of the pastoral structure as we recognise it develops the character and confidence needed to build a successful career later in life 

The programme is delivered in partnership with a number of local organisations. The number and strength of these partnerships has gone from strength to strength.

Current partnerships include: 

  • Formal arrangements with external providers of careers guidance and others  
  • Liaison with post 16 providers, further/higher education institutions  
  • Employers and training/apprenticeship providers  
  • Parents and carers  


We review the success of our programme systematically as individual activities and events as well as the overall provision through a range of tools including staff voice, student voice, provider voice and walkthrough of events. Our provision is mapped and evaluated against the Gatsby Benchmarks and North East Ambition audits. We have worked in partnership with our Enterprise Advisor to further refine and review the programme and its evaluation process. Our Enterpriser is Emily Tench, Community Engagement Advisor at Morgan Sindall. The link School Governing Bodylor is Marion Stewart.

Planned Events include the following:

Year 5Year 6Year 7Year 8
Careers unit of work in Personal Development

A carousel programme for each student to undertake a progressive CEIAG curriculum from Year 5 to 8.
  • Introduction to links between jobs and salaries
  • Explore jobs in the community and school
  • How do people get paid for jobs?
  • What are the factors that influence job choices?
  • Be aware of the link between skills set and knowledge and job choices
  • Recognise what employment in the NHS looks like
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how new technologies influence the jobs of the future
  • Exploring our school as a workplace
  • Compare the Public Sector jobs with Private Sector jobs
  • Design a stadium - Engineering project
  • Democracy - school council elections and identifying the qualities of a good school councillor
  • Understand what enterprise and to be an entrepreneur means
  • Understand the importance of creativity and teamwork in a business
  • Know what market research is
  • Relate skills, interests and experiences to different jobs.
  • Enterprise unit in Personal Development: The programme aims to introduce students to the world of work with a focus on the skills needed to run a small business at the Christmas market. Pupils will learn about employability skills, product development, marketing, finance and engage with the vocabulary of enterprise.
  • Labour market information and barriers in the workplace
  • Introduce labour market information to pupils
  • Reflect on the jobs of the past compared to the jobs of the present
  • Allow students to think about the careers they are interested in and how they can get there (e.g. apprenticeships, FE, HE)
  • Explore occupations and industries in the UK with a focus on the north-east
  • Allow pupils to experience a workplace environment
  • Allow pupils to encounter further and higher education
  • Introduce key careers vocabulary
  • Actively challenge stereotypical thinking
  • Stereotypes in the workplace
  • Visit 1 to a workplace tbc
  • Visit 2 to a workplace tbc
  • Newcastle University Island escape activity
  • Newcastle University History Department
  • Personality quiz
  • Newcastle College visit
  • identify some key skills that they should develop for life and work
  • Investigate other, older student’s experiences and relate this to their own learning journey
  • Recognise key periods in their future where they will require further advice and guidance demonstrating an awareness of where they can go for this
  • Indicate that they have an awareness of the different options available to them post 16
  • Question the benefits of College and Sixth Form see if they may be interested in investigating further
  • Discover the finances that are associated with being a student and living a student life
  • Investigate student accommodation and what it’s like at Uni
  • Express an understanding of the career path undertaken by the guest speaker
  • Recognize what key skills and personal attributes are required to succeed in this particular career
Careers across the curriculumCareers is integrated across the curriculum with a range of activities and opportunities embedded eg Authors, artists, sports ambassadors, STEM workshops, Musicians, Code club, Brilliant club, Big bang fair, Girls go digital
Personal Development

Skills based curriculum offer based around our core values - creativity, care, co-operation, resilience, reflection, responsibility, respect, achievement, aspiration
  • Democracy
  • Relationships
  • Growth Mindset and wellbeing
  • Stadiums Engineering project
  • Outdoor learning
  • Virgin Money Enterprise
  • Democracy
  • Growth Mindset
  • Christmas enterprise
  • Outdoor learning
  • Global citizens
  • Oracy project
  • School Food showdown
  • Outdoor learning (Kayaking /problem solving and team challenges)
  • Earthshot problems and solutions
  • Health and wellbeing brain and body health
  • Outdoor learning - Young Navigators Award 1 and 2
  • Orienteering
  • Community project in collaboration with local homeless programme
  • Digital Record of Achievement
British Science Day

Supported by STEM Ambassadors from a range of organisations
Each pupil is offered around 5 STEM workshops per year. Here is the programme of events from the past year.
Careers DayHopes and Dreams Day for Year 5 offers the opportunity to invite guest speakers and for pupils to begin exploring their aspirations.Careers Conference for Year 8 pupils allows face to face encounters with a range of employers from a range of sectors.
Financial and economic literacy through PSHE
  • To understand the importance between money and currency
  • To understand what banks are and how they make money
  • To understand how to successfully budget our money
  • To understand how debt can be a good and a bad thing
  • To learn how the economy, and other factors, influences our decisions
  • To learn how to ask questions that aid decision making
  • To understand how personal financial decisions can affect ourselves, others and the economy
  • To learn about saving, borrowing and financial fraud
  • To learn about risk in relation to gambling
  • To understand how we can spend more ethically
  • To learn why it is important to keep track of spending
  • To understand the rights and responsibilities of consumers when buying goods and services


*The Gatsby benchmarks (GBM) of Good Career Guidance are a set of eight benchmarks which have been identified for schools to use as a framework for improving their careers provision.


A stable careers programme


Learning from career and labour market information


Addressing the needs of each student


Linking curriculum learning to careers


Encounters with employers and employees


Experiences of workplaces


Encounters with further and higher education


Personal guidance