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Lincolnshire Gateway Academies Trust

Careers Programme

Careers Lead

Mr Paul Kaylow — MAT Officer

01472 582 310


Cleethorpes Academy is committed to providing students with the skills and attributes needed to make choices about their education and future employment. The Academy will enable students to make informed decisions which are appropriate to the individual student.

The Academy will enable students to make well thought out and balanced decisions about education, employment and their careers in both the short term and long term.

Students will have access to high quality advice, guidance and information helping them realise their ambitions from teachers, trained careers advisors, employers and other educational providers.


Cleethorpes Academy aims to ensure students are given high quality information and guidance to ensure that students are able to make informed choices about their learning pathways and future employment opportunities beyond their time at the Academy.

  • Enable students to understand what opportunities are available to them in both education and employment
  • To enable students to make informed decisions about their chosen learning path ways and employment opportunities both locally and nationally
  • Empower students in making their own decisions about their learning pathways by raising aspirations and expectations by promoting equality and challenging stereotypes

Entitlement Statements

Student Entitlement

Cleethorpes Academy will support students to develop their learning and employment decisions by focusing on the 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.

Parent/Career entitlement

  • Parents will be informed and updated each academic year outlining the careers provision at the Academy.
  • Information on our website about the careers provision.
  • Discussions with Academy staff at parents' evenings about careers and the opportunities available.
  • Encourage parents to use the Start Profile website with their child. Parents will also be informed that they can use this site to help guide their own careers.

Delivery of provision — Careers Programme

The Delivery of careers provision at Cleethorpes Academy is a holistic approach which aims to match opportunities to the individual student.

Year 7 Launch of the Start Profile — Students will look at Careers and Labour Market information. Students will start creating personal careers profiles. Developing self-awareness of their own skills and attributes. Consider what their future aspirations are and set targets about how they are going to reach their goals. Use of software to show how their employment aspirations match the local and national labour market. Encounters with employers in all years Careers will be a focus in all curriculum area lessons in all years Review and evaluation of the careers provision
Year 8 Development of the Start Profile Focused work on GCSE option in lessons and in lessons. In Citizenship lessons, students complete a unit of work about careers. In Citizenship lessons, students complete a unit of work about Enterprise Skills.
Year 9 Consolidation of Start Profile. Focused encounters with employers and educational institutions based on students option choices
Year 10 Start Profile used to inform future choices. Individual Personal Guidance. Encounters with educational institutions.
Year 11 Start Profile used to inform future choices. Individual Personal Guidance. Help and advice given about Post 16 choices. Encounters with educational institutions.

In Years 7 to 11 there is an expectation that students will have an experience of a work place during this time.

Place within the Curriculum and Tutorial Support system

All subjects are required to identify in their schemes of work when and where careers will be delivered in their lessons. Teachers are expected to deliver lessons with students, in all years which link to careers and educational opportunities.

Examples of how careers can be delivered in curriculum areas:

  • Employers or educational providers coming into lessons to talk to students.
  • Using the Start Profile website to have discussions about certain job roles linked with the topic being studied.
  • Using the Start Profile to show videos of employers and employees talking about careers and different industries.
  • Discussions in registration or assemblies.

Monitoring and tracking of young people

Students will be tracked on how they are engaging with the careers provision and Careers Leaders will use this to target students depending upon their needs.

Careers Leaders will use data collected from the Start Profile website and questionnaires to inform Academy and MAT senior leaders about careers provision.

Monitoring, review and evaluation

All students will be tracked on the Start Profile to identify how they are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.

A questionnaire will be completed by all students during the academic year. This will show the progress the Academy is making in enhancing their careers provision.

The feedback of teachers and parents will be sought to evaluate the success of the careers programme. This feedback will be used to improve the Academies careers programme.

A report and review of the Academies Gatsby benchmarks should be completed at the end of each term and shared with the senior leadership in the school and the designated governor.

This information should be used by the Academy to identify students who need further intervention.

Management of Provision


  • All governors have been trained on Careers and the Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Cleethorpes Academy has a designated Governor for Careers with a focus on the Academies provision and to encourage involvement of local business.
  • The CEO and MAT team and Senior Leadership team are focused on the provision of careers.


All teaching staff are required to provide opportunities in their lessons about careers and educational opportunities. All teaching staff are required to register on the Start Profile Website and record when they have completed a careers related activity.

Provision of external and Independent careers guidance

Independent careers guidance is available from Changing Education via Microsoft Teams. The Academy also employees a Careers and Guidance Assistant who provides independent advise to all Year groups.

Other formal and informal partnerships

The Trust has an informal partnership with Grimsby Institute of Further Education, Franklin College to provide help, support and guidance of post 16 opportunities throughout their time at Cleethorpes Academy.

Information resources

Cleethorpes Academy will be using the Start Profile website. Start will help students' to connect with their future career potential, develop their employability and help them to explore future career and study options at school or at home.

Students will have their own account for Start at school, but it is accessible anytime on computers and compatible mobile and tablet devices.

Students will personalise their profile on Start with details about their skills, qualities, interests and work preferences. This provides a starting point for them to explore information matched to their personal preferences and interests. As they update their profile, Start will personalise this information, helping them to navigate the thousands of jobs, courses, providers and opportunities available. Start will help students to understand where they are on their journey and what's important as they make their choices at GCSE, post-16 and post-18.

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The Academy is committed to raising the aspirations of all our students by providing a wide range of opportunities to all Year groups.

Exploring numerous career options and the diverse pathways and routes into further education, and subsequent employment, can be some of the complex demands

that young people are faced with when making themselves career ready.

All staff share responsibility for preparing children for future careers. We aim to ensure that our students are career ready by receiving relevant and essential information relating to career opportunities, skilled, resilient and confident. We aim to widen students' horizons by presenting opportunities, increasing motivation and raising aspirations.

The Statutory Guidance: Careers guidance and access for education, and training providers (DfE:2018) sets out a long-term plan to help young people choose a career that is right for them by building a world class careers system.

Within secondary education all young people receive advice and guidance which is delivered by skilled, knowledgeable and experienced independent careers advisors. At Cleethorpes Academy we are committed to providing all students in Years 7-11, in partnership with The Career and Enterprise Company, local employers, further and higher education providers the academy aims to provide careers programme that is stable, structured and tailored to suit the needs of the students by providing relevant information.


  • To support inclusion, challenge stereotypes and promote equality of opportunity.
  • To meet the needs of all our students through appropriate differentiation.
  • We will provide opportunities for students to engage with and participate in Further Education inset days.
  • To provide an environment which fosters students to achieve economic wellbeing by motivating and inspiring students to achieve their potential and focus on their aspirations.
  • To encourage participation in continued learning including further and higher education.
  • To involve parents and carers.
  • We will inspire students in planning their own career path by providing them with information, opportunities and experiences.
  • We will inspire and encourage students to achieve their maximum potential and aspirations, both academically and personally, in order to support their future.

Experiences and Opportunities:

Students attend visits which are appropriate for their age in relation to careers. All year 10 students visit the NE Lincolnshire Skills Fair in July every year. Year 10 students have an opportunity to attend a taster day at Tollbar 6th Form College and Franklin College. In addition to this they also attend taster days at the Grimsby Institute and Franklin College which provides students with the opportunity to explore certain courses and pathways offered within Further Education.

As an academy we are committed to raising students understanding of apprenticeships. During apprenticeship week the academy has a varied calendar of events in every year group. This included local provider assemblies, lessons in curriculum areas and lunchtime drop ins.

Local companies and employees from various businesses and local education providers visit the academy in a variety of was throughout the year to deliver sessions and informative presentations on their respective areas to students, both on a large scale and also in a more informal drop in session at lunchtimes or visiting individual classes.

HOP — Hull University Outreach Program

The academy works closely with Hull University to offer a wide range of activities to our students to raise aspiration and provide guidance for future choices.

Year 9 — Options choices and future pathways

Year 10 — One on One advice session and interview techniques.

Year 11 — Study skills sessions and how to effectively study.

Some examples of the opportunities available to our students:

  • All years — All years attend our Careers Fair each year.
  • All years have a range of targeted events during the Year such as NHS Nextgen, Rise, M&G Challenge and KPMG competition.
  • Years 9, 10 and 11 — HOP funded drop-down days to build employability skills, students’ resilience, problem solving skills and stress management.
    For example:
    • Leadership skills (workshop in class size)
    • Communication (workshop in class size)
    • Self-esteem (workshop in class size)
    • Fear of failure (workshop in class size)
    • Positive thinking (workshop in class size)
    • Escape Room & HOP Olympics (problem solving sessions)
    • CV Building (workshop in class size)
    • Student Budget Challenge (workshop in class sizes)
    • Body language and interview skills (workshops in class sizes)
    • Apprenticeships (assembly style)
    • Revision Techniques
    • Time Management
    • Stress Management
    • Goal Setting
    • Resilience
    • Independence
  • All years — have individualised and independent careers advice from the Academy's own in-house cares and guidance assistant and have an online careers interview with an independent Careers Advisor.

Parents and Carers:

  • Parental involvement is key and is highly encouraged. We endeavour to keep parents/careers up to date on upcoming events and careers work through letters, access to Further and Higher Education prospectuses, open evenings and GCSE option evening.

Assessing Impact:

  • As an academy we plan to assess the impact of our Careers and Personal Development programme using a combination of methods.
  • The Academy uses Compass — the careers benchmark tool as outlined in the Gatsby Benchmarks to assess and improve our current CEIAG provision. This will be used at regular intervals, to measure our progress against the Benchmarks.
  • Secondly, we will evaluate the impact of our CEIAG provision by asking for direct feedback from the students, with regular surveys on the information and guidance available to them, both in their Careers and Personal Development lessons, and the intent and implementation across the curriculum.
  • In curriculum areas students have a variety of opportunities to develop their understanding of careers such as apprenticeship week, careers week and targeted visitors from employers or education providers.
  • We will use and compass+, websites offering bespoke, individualised and specific CEIAG to the students. This tool also allows the Careers Lead, the CPD department, Curriculum Leaders and subject staff, to log, track and analyse information and guidance given to the students across the curriculum, and assess the impact of all meaningful encounters with employers, Further Education, and Higher Education providers.
  • The evidence and the impact of the programme will be reviewed regularly, with final reviews being conducted in the June/July period, to address any issues or adjustments, ready for the next academic year.
 Term 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7 Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
Lesson with a Further Education Provider
Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
Apprenticeship week
Careers week
STEM Roadshow
KPMG challenge
Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
Year 8 Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
Apprenticeship week
Careers week
Shine Passports
Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
Apprenticeship week
Careers week
Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
Year 9 Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
Lesson with a Further Education Provider
HOP Option Choices
Franklin Option Help
Shine University Visit
Year 10 Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
HOP 1 on 1 Sessions
Shine University Residential
Online Careers Interviews
Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
Apprenticeship week
Careers week
HOP interview Skills
College Visits
Year 11 College Visits
Online Careers Interviews
Shine Life Skills Session
Study skills
Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
HOP future skills
Resilience and study skills
Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins
Apprenticeship week
Careers week
Study skills
Guidance sessions
Further education lunchtime drop ins