Avanti Careers Guide


Contact Careers Lead : Maya Sicotray

[email protected]

Avanti Fields Secondary School has a duty to ensure that all students from year 8 to 11 obtain independent careers advice (Education Act 2018). It is imperative that all students have information available so that they can make the right careers choices and progress. We aim to support students in making well-informed decisions that guide their future career pathways.

Our programme of study ensures there is a differentiated, impartial and independent approach for students to gain skills and knowledge. Guidance will also be given on academic, vocational and apprenticeship programmes of study, which will allow students to make informed choices and increase their chances of success.

Our aim is to ensure students realise the importance of their school career and the impact it has post 16 opportunities. It is our statutory duty to offer impartial advice and guidance throughout their experience at Avanti Fields Secondary School; we will help students at crucial stages by informing them of their options and guiding them in choosing realistic career pathways.

The world of work is more complex than ever. Students are required to navigate through a host of academic subjects, training and employment opportunities and courses that will help them achieve their goals. This generation faces challenges, which are more complex than previous generations. Through our Careers and guidance programme, we will introduce students to the world of work from Year 7 so that they are well prepared for the career pathway they decide to choose.

We firmly acknowledge that students need excellent quality careers education, information, advice and guidance to help them make their choices. Our programme of study will allow students to gain relevant knowledge, inspiration, and more importantly, take ownership of their own career action plans.

Avanti Fields Secondary School provides in-school advice as well as independent advice through local employers such as local businesses, Higher Education providers and the Armed forces. We will ensure that all students strive for success and are inspired through our programme. Links between their career choices will also motivate them in their academic subjects.

Our Programme of study is based on the CDI framework of study for careers, Employability and Enterprise Education 7-19 (2018) and DfE. We regularly evaluate through the compass tracker tool to monitor our progress and asses the quality of our provision.

The CEIAG Team

At Avanti Fields Secondary School, staff support the delivery of CEIAG through the pastoral system and within curriculum areas. In addition, we have a designated CEIAG team who co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of the Academy Careers Plan:

  • Mr R Kachhela (Careers Lead) [email protected]  Contact Telephone Number: 0116 3266813
  • Ms Emma Taplin (Principal)
  • Ms Laura Bigginton (PSHE/SENCO Co-ordinator)
  • Dipak Patel (School stakeholder committee)

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Avanti Fields Secondary schools careers plan supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks:

Benchmark 1: A Stable Careers Programme

  • Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by Students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

  • Every Student and their parents should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information

Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Student

  • Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each Student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

  • All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees

  • Every Student 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.

Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces

  • Every Student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education

  • All Students 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.

Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance

  • Every Student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all Students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

The careers programme follows guidance from the CDI framework 2018

Developing yourself through careers, employability and enterprise education.

  1. Self Awareness

Individuals who realistically appraise their qualities, skills, roles, responsibilities, values, attitudes, needs, and interests, aptitudes and achievements are better able to understand themselves, make informed choices and relate well to others. Self-awareness is essential for nurturing self-esteem, identity, and personal and mental wellbeing.

  1. Self -determination

Self-determination or self-regulation promotes personal autonomy, self-efficacy and personal agency. It boosts hope, optimism, adaptability and resilience. Self-determination empowers individuals to aspire and achieve.

  1. Self-improvement

Self-improvement sustains positive attitudes to learning throughout life. It fosters the skills of planning, review and reflection. Understanding what they have learned, what they need to learn next and how they learn best enables individuals to continue to improve.

Learning about careers and the world of work

  1. Exploring careers and career development

Career exploration expands individuals’ horizons for action and awareness of opportunities. An understanding of career processes and structures enables individuals to make sense of their own careers, understand the career experiences of others and contribute in important ways to the career wellbeing of others.

  1. Investigating work and working life

Investigating people’s changing experiences of work enables individuals to understand the meaning and purpose of work in people’s lives. They learn what constitutes good or decent work and how to find it for themselves.

  1. Understanding business and industry

Understanding different sizes and types of business organisation, why they are organised as they are and how they view success enables individuals to prepare for employment and to appraise the contribution of business and industry to community, social and economic life.

  1. Investigating jobs and labour market information (LMI)

Individuals need to know how to access, analyse and act on relevant, objective and up-to-date job and labour market information when thinking about careers, employability and enterprise. They also need to know how to protect themselves from subjective and biased information.

  1. Valuing equality, diversity and inclusion

Individuals need to share in the commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion as a British and international value. By countering stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice, individuals can realise their own ambitions and help others to do the same.

  1. Learning about safe working practices and environments

Learning about safe working practices and environments helps individuals to keep themselves and others healthy and safe at work.

Developing your career management and employability skills

  1. Making the most of careers information, advice and guidance

Individuals need to learn how to recognise, access and make effective use of trustworthy sources of information, advice and guidance, which are offered on a one-to-one or small group basis, both online, and in person. This includes being actively involved in identifying individual needs and how they can they be met.

  1. Preparing for employability

Preparing for employability is about enabling individuals to gain the skills and experience they need to get, maintain and make progress in employment or self-employment including networking, negotiation, self-advocacy and staying healthy.

  1. Showing initiative and enterprise

Showing initiative and enterprise is about helping individuals to make the most of their opportunities, manage risk-taking and demonstrate drive and determination, especially in a business sense.

  1. Developing personal financial capability

Being able to calculate and compare the costs and benefits of different living, education, training and employment options, considering any financial support that may be available, is an increasingly important skill for individuals to develop. They need to know how to make budgeting and financial planning decisions about spending, borrowing, saving and investing to safeguard their economic well-being now and in the future. Personal financial management is part of citizenship at KS3 & 4 and interpreting and solving problems in financial contexts is part of maths at KS3 & 4.

  1. Identifying choices and opportunities

Individuals need to know how to identify and investigate possible choices, progression pathways and qualifications that are in their best interests to consider. This includes being able to respond effectively to unforeseen or unplanned choices and opportunities.

  1. Planning and deciding

Individuals need to know how to make and carryout carefully considered decisions and plans. This also involves showing persistence and resilience to cope with chance events and any unintended consequences of their decisions.

  1. Handling Applications and Interviews

Students are required to promote themselves in a way that attracts the attention of selectors and recruiters, as well as managing the applications process, requires that individuals develop a range of self-presentation and marketing skills including the use of digital and social media. This also requires that they develop strategies to cope with set-backs and disappointment.

  1. Managing changes and transition

Transition confidence and preparedness help individuals to make successful moves such as changing schools, going to university or start in an apprenticeship or employment. Reviewing and reflecting on previous transitions can help individuals to develop the psychological resources to cope with future transitions.

Student entitlements


Year 7

  • By beginning careers education early students can make better informed decisions at transition stages and are more motivated in school in order to follow a particular pathway.
  • Students are encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths and skills, develop confidence, and have high expectations of themselves.
  • Students are introduced to careers resources and informed how to use them.
  • Students have a wide range of opportunities to engage with a range of local business, FE, HE and training providers.
  • Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via a referral system.
  • Students are introduced to LMI.

Year 8

  • Students build on personal strengths and begin to link skills to specific careers enabling realistic and informed decisions at transition stages.
  • Students are introduced to the world of work and how it is constantly changing.
  • Students are introduced to careers software and websites.
  • Students have a wide range of opportunities to engage with a range of local business, FE, HE and training providers.
  • Students are encouraged to think about what they might like to achieve after school.

Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via a referral system. They are encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.

  • Students begin to think about GCSE options in terms of career pathways and plan their future. Students link curriculum areas to careers to help prepare them for choosing their GCSE options.
  • Students begin to consider how they can use LMI.

Year 9

  • Students are encouraged to reassess personal strengths with a focus on transferable skills.
  • Students are encouraged to investigate different jobs and careers and what they mean in terms of lifestyle, budgeting and a good work/life balance and develop economic awareness.
  • Students are encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles.
  • Students have optional access to independent and impartial advisers via drop in sessions. They are also encouraged to use careers resources available and informed where to find out more about specific courses/careers.
  • Students have a wide range of opportunities to engage with a range of local business, FE, HE and training providers.
  • Students are encouraged to access LMI independently.

Useful Careers Websites

National Careers & Apprenticeship Services

nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk – This is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice.

https://www.gov.uk/topic/further-education-skills/apprenticeships – the National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships.  Also advertises current vacancies.

Other websites

www.icould.com – aims to help you to make the most of your potential by showing how others have used theirs, take the ‘Buzz’ personality profile quiz.

www.startprofile.com – investigate careers, watch videos and get great advice, find out about employers and work experience opportunities in your area.

www.careersbox.co.uk – video based job profile information and skills explorer tool.

www.successatschool.org – gives clear and comprehensive information about a range of Career Zones (sectors), in an easy to access format. Students can create a profile to help to collate useful information. ’60 second interviews’ giving profile of professionals, provide a useful insight into specific careers.

www.how2become.com – offers detailed advice on how to access a range of sectors. Also offers the purchase of resources, compiled in conjunction with professionals working in these fields, designed to enable you to achieve your dream career or course. A selection of these books and online psychometric testing access have been supplied to the School by How2Become.

www.careerswales.com – a good general careers website and job profile database.

www.fasttomato.com – an interactive careers website to help with ‘careers matching’ programme to help with career choice (log in for a free guest pass).

www.notgoingtouni.co.uk – opportunities that exist outside of university.

www.ucas.com – information about university courses on offer, also the Stamford test to help with ideas about subjects to study.

www.russellgroup.ac.uk – represents 24 leading universities, source of careers information & advice including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices.

www.prospects.ac.uk – find out which areas you could access after a particular degree.

MyCareerSpringboard.org – Springboard is for students. It is divided into two main sections: the Career Test and the Career Exploration Tool. In tandem, these two interactive tools allow students to find some career inspiration and gain an insight into their different career options.

www.jobapplications.co.uk – this site has useful videos, demonstrating how to complete the online applications for many top companies in the UK, as well as providing detailed information on salaries and interviews. Applications forms can be printed off directly from this site.

jobs.telegraph.co.uk/careers  – lots of information about specific sectors as well as advice on how to create a CV and prepare for interviews.

www.allaboutschoolleavers.co.uk – displays current apprenticeship and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and gives career journey advice.

www.allAboutApprenticeships.co.uk – gives live apprenticeship vacancies, organised by sector or area. Also offers plenty of advice on making applications.

Date of review: September 2021