Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing KS4 and KS5 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employability throughout their working lives.

Oaklands School has adopted the Careers Guidance and statutory requirements issued by the Department of Education in December 2017. We are using the Gatsby Benchmarks to assess, review and develop our Careers Education programme.

Oaklands School offers a comprehensive and structured CEIAG provision for all pupils in YR 7-12.

At Oaklands we work in partnership with Cheshire West and Chester LA to ensure that all pupils have a place at a college or Sixth Form, an apprenticeship or a job with training for the following September.

Our Lead Teacher for Careers, Mr A Robinson can be contacted on the main school number if you require further information.


Careers programme:

Year 7

In YR7 we aim to introduce the concept of carers career planning and to give pupils the opportunity to explore a range of industry sectors and careers within those industries.

Topics include:

  • Transitions
  • This is Me
  • What are key skills?
  • Who influences me and who is there to help?
  • Setting goals and targets
  • NHS case study project

Year 8

During YR 8 pupils are asked to challenge some common myths and beliefs about “career”.

Topics include:

  • What kind of person am I?
  • What is work?
  • Young people and work
  • Ambitions
  • Careers research
  • Digital media project

Year 9

Pupils make their Option choices in YR9, and it is important that they understand the range of qualifications offered.

Topics include:

  • Careers research
  • Motivation for studying
  • Skills, qualities and work
  • Interview skills
  • Apprenticeships and labour market
  • Differences between work and school
  • Challenging stereotypes
  • The business apprentice project

Year 10

Pupils in YR10 are beginning to think about their next steps and this is something we actively encourage. Pupils are encouraged to talk about Career plans and to do some follow up research.

Topics include:

  • My career action plan
  • Interview techniques & mock interviews
  • 21st century careers
  • Money management
  • Health and safety
  • Manufacturing case study project

Year 11

This is the year for decision making and applications for Post 16. Pupils will work with their teachers to look at further education pathways. They will also partake in a week’s work experience.

Topics include:

  • CV writing
  • Payslips
  • Post 16 options
  • Apprenticeships
  • Looking and acting the part in the workplace
  • References
  • Application forms
  • Work experience