Careers Guidance at St Edward’s

Careers education prepares pupils for the world after school. This includes thinking about how to look after themselves as an adult, how to relate to other people and how to fit into society.

St Edward’s Church of England Academy provides information, guidance and help with making decisions about the future to all students from Y7 upwards. This includes information on post-16 options including sixth form, college, apprenticeships, training and university study, and entry to a range of jobs and careers.

As a parent you want the best for your child and it’s never too early to start thinking about their options.


This is a quiz that can help you figure out what you want to do in the future. After you start the quiz, you will be shown a series of cards with statements.

For each statement, please think about whether you would like or have an interest in doing this in a future job. Select the emoji that represents what you think. At the end, you will be given some ideas about jobs linked to what you would like to do.


Find out more about where there are gaps in the local labour market by looking at the Labour Market Information; click on the button bellow:

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To search for apprenticeship options:

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Careers provision 2023 -2024:

In lessons such as English, Maths, Science and PSHE, pupils will learn how the topic they are studying will help them in the ‘world of work’: how the skills they are learning will help them to find a job. We will also provide pupils with other opportunities to learn about the world of work through outside speakers or visits.

 ObjectivesCurriculum GB4Employer Encounters  GB5Experience of workplace GB6Pathways GB7
 (links to curriculum)(In school visits)(Out of school visits to places of work)High School  FE HE Apprenticeships T Levels
  Y5Recognise and analyse their personal skills in order to explain which they enjoy using and which are likely to be advantageous at work.   Describe the main qualities, attitudes and skills needed to enter and thrive in the working world and within specific work contexts. PSHE Careers and Enterprise Unit– team work, managing a budget, borrowing and saving; English: opportunity to apply for role as a pupil librarian (all years)Science: Parent Stem talk   Maths: HSBC Money Matters  Science: Peak Wildlife Park (April) 
  Y6  Identify and assess their own needs, interests, values, skills, abilities and attitudes; explain how these might affect their options in learning, work and enterprise.PSHE Careers and Enterprise Unit– managing budget, personal skills and interests; STEM activities with local businessScience: Parent STEM talk Maths: HSBC Money Matters  Geog: Carsington Water (Oct)   
  Y7Pupils will understand post 16 progression routes available to themPupils will understand the value and advantages of gaining qualifications  PSHE Steps ProgrammeLinks to careers options in English, maths and science PSHE Careers and Enterprise Unit  – team work, managing money, wants and needsEnglish: Speaking and Listening activity with local solicitor Science: Parent STEM talk Maths: HSBC Money Matters  Geog – field trip visit to Ashbourne – survey of jobs sectors visit to workplace (June)PSHE – post 16 options
  Y8  Pupils will understand the links between qualifications and payPupils will understand post 18 progression routes available to themPupils will understand what apprenticeships are and how they differ from other routes into employment.Pupils will reflect on the benefits of apprenticeshipPupils will appreciate the range of careers that can be started as an apprenticePSHE Steps programmeLinks to careers options in English, maths and science STEM activities with local business  PSHE – Careers and Enterprise Units – stereotypes at work, discrimination, communication, enterprise skills, budgeting, gamblingPenjango activityPSHE: NHS jobs (Nov) Enterprise Challenge Day (March) Science: Session with medic from air Ambulance Maths: HSBC Money Matters English:Geog: BBC Media City visit English: Imperial War Museum North Training provider – NSEG College – Westwood Apprenticeships – Leek and Buxton College Higher Education – Staffs Uni Maths: Visit and lesson with Westwood College   PSHE: Local college info session/ Virtual Campus experience
  • Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. By the age of 14, all pupils should have accessed and used information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions on study options.
  • Parents should be encouraged to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to inform their support to their children.
  • Pupils should be provided with reliable information about the local and national labour market as this is vital to inform good-quality information about jobs and career paths.
  • By the age of 14, every pupil should have had the opportunity to learn how the different STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) subjects help people to gain entry to, and be more effective workers within, a wide range of careers.
  • Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  • Every year, from the age of 11, pupils should participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer.
  • All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
  • By the age of 16, every pupil should have had a meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. This should include the opportunity to meet both staff and pupils.

How do we provide pupils with information about course choices and careers?

The Academy’s Careers Policy sets out our commitment to delivering high-quality careers advice for all pupils in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks. Termly reviews of our provision is completed with the support of the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Pupils regularly have the opportunity to learn from local colleges, universities and employers. This may be through a workshop session, a lesson or a school trip. 

To discuss Careers advice and education further please contact our Careers Leader:  Mrs. R Rose via the Academy Office on 01538 714740.

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