• We inspire student achievement
  • We encourage students individually
  • We build collaborative skills
  • We enable personal growth
  • We create student opportunity

Now is an exciting time for young people as the employment landscape is changing so rapidly. There are jobs which current students will move in to over the coming years which have not yet been invented. It is vital that we do everything we can to prepare our students for this rapidly changing world of work. Therefore, we have developed a careers information and guidance programme which forms an integral part of the wider curriculum at Tiverton High School. Our Vision is that all students receive the best possible advice and guidance so they are able to make aspirational, realistic and informed choices so they are well equipped for post-16 pathways and the world of work.

Our Careers programme aims to:

  • Raise students’ aspirations.
  • Provide support to students to make informed decisions about options in year 8 and 9.
  • Inspire and empower students to make informed decisions.
  • Provide good quality independent and impartial careers advice to students which inspires and motivates them which also meets their individual and personal needs.
  • Provide opportunities to work with employers.
  • Enable student to work closely with local colleges and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work.
  • Develop employability skills including desirable skills for self-employment and enterprise.
  • Challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunities in all areas of employment.
  • Support students to see learning and careers development as a life-long process.

Gatsby benchmark

We measure our careers provision against the Gatsby benchmark framework which is the recognised standard for high quality careers advice and guidance. These are:

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

These benchmarks are delivered through a range of assemblies, ‘Development Days’ (PSHE programs), lessons, visits and also visitors from external agencies to give talks throughout the year.

We also have a rigorous assembly program for all years which link to Careers Week and other relevant career opportunities. Please keep an eye out for emails and notices.

Introduction to the team

We have a large, dedicated team working with our students to ensure they get the support they need to make informed decisions:

Assistant Head – Curriculum and Assessment, Career Leader and Development Days Coordinator, Options, PSHE

Transition post-16 Careers Advisor Coordinator

Work Experience Coordinator

In-school Coordinator for Next Steps South West Career Pilot

Future First and Alumni and Social Media Link

Librarian and information on careers

All staff have a duty to share information and discuss possible career opportunities with students. Tutors, mentors, teachers and support staff can all help inform our students of future opportunities and careers.