Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

At Wigmore School we support students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options available to them beyond school. These options include academic, vocational and apprenticeships. By helping students with their decisions at important stages in their education, informing them of all of their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for whichever pathway they choose.


At Wigmore School we have a whole school approach to careers with all staff supporting the delivery of the careers programme through tutor time and within curriculum areas. The programme is co-ordinated and monitored by Mr D Jones, Head of KS4.


The Gatsby Benchmarks

The careers programme at Wigmore aims to deliver the eight Gatsby benchmarks:


  • 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


GCSE Option choices

In Year 9 students are asked to choose subjects that they would like to continue to study at GCSE. To support them, Year 9 students are provided with a one to one guidance interview with our independent, qualified careers adviser, Mike Hughes.


Post 16 Pathways and Progression

All young people in England must continue in education or training until 18 years of age. Young people have the following choices at the end of year 11:


  • full time study at a college, sixth form or training provider
  • full time work or volunteering combined with part time education of training
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship


As part of our careers programme, Year 11 students are provided with a one to one guidance interview with our independent, qualified careers adviser, Mike Hughes.


Employer Links

To support our delivery of our careers programme, the school has strong partnerships with a wide range of educational institutions, training providers and employers who contribute to our programme through:


  • raising aspirations and increasing motivation – helping young people identify educational and occupational goals
  • demonstrating the relevance of the knowledge and skills learnt in subjects to future opportunities in learning and working
  • demonstrating the links between living, learning and earning
  • providing work enrichment opportunities including work experience, guest speakers, and curriculum support.


Provider Access Policy Statement

Our Provider Access Policy Statement is available on our policies page.


Measuring the impact of our careers programme

Our progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks is evaluated using the online Compass tool provided by the Careers and Enterprise Company. This is carried out on an annual basis by the Careers Leader. The Careers Programme development plan is based upon the outcomes of the ‘Compass’ audit. Provision is also monitored and evaluated through the school’s Quality Assurance procedures.


The effectiveness of our careers guidance will be reflected in the numbers of students progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, further education colleges or employment.  Destination data (DfE) is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future provision.

This Information will be reviwed in September 2019

Careers Leader Contact Information

Daniel Jones, Head of KS4

01568 770323

[email protected]