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 & 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 Y7-12.

At Oaklands we work in partnership with  Cheshire West and Chester LA to ensure that all pupils have a place at a college or 6th Form,  an apprenticeship or a job with training  for the following September.

Careers programme

Year 7

Step Up

In Y7 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.


  • Changes
  • What have you achieved?
  • What are you like?
  • Skills for life
  • How do you learn
  • This is me
  • How creative are you?
  • Setting targets

Year 8

Step On

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


  •  Your beliefs
  • What do you want from work?
  • Can anyone predict the future?
  • Being assertive
  • How do you make decisions?
  • Writing an action plan

Year 9

Step Ahead

Pupils make their Option choices in Y9 and it is important that they understand the range of qualifications offered.


  • Planning
  • Personal Qualities (and jobs)
  • Skills for life and work
  • Tell us why it should be you?
  • Learning styles
  • Choosing options

Year 10 Step Forward

Pupils in Y10 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.


  • Exploring possibilities
  • World of work: what employers want/work and lifestyle
  • Developing your personal sales pitch
  • Legal issues at work
  • Responsibilities at work

Year 11

Step into the future

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.


  • How are you doing?
  • Your skills and interests
  • What are you like?
  • Different qualifications and their equivalents
  • Personal learning and thinking skills
  • Choices now, choices later
  • Making applications, useful information