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CVMS Careers Intent

CVMS Careers Intent

A good quality careers guidance and education programme will raise the aspirations of all young people. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life post 16 and post 18 and the school provides extensive opportunities for external providers to meet with students to provide careers and labour market information.

Careers guidance will contribute to raising pupil achievement, help students focus on their longer-term career ambitions and ensure an equality of opportunity for all.

At CVMS we provide a comprehensive programme to students in every year group and of all abilities and this includes aspects of work-related learning, enterprise education and option choices. Students in our Sixth Form are very well supported as they make their applications to university, apply for Higher Level Apprenticeships or other non-university post 18 pathways, as are our SEND students, working closely with our internal additional needs team and external providers.

We believe that every student is entitled to receive high quality careers guidance to develop their career management skills. With this aim, we are committed to ensuring our students have opportunities to acquire the knowledge and confidence to cope with life after school and become good citizens.

Through formal and informal evaluations, the school annually assesses the impact of the careers programme on students and this is verified via an external moderator and independent audits. The low number of NEETS is an indication of the effectiveness of the programme. Views are sought from all stakeholders and the programme evolves year on year to consider the needs of students and the local, national and global jobs market.

Please refer to the careers policy document for details of student entitlement.  All information, together with the careers policy, is reviewed and updated annually, however information may be revised throughout the year to reflect new regulations and/or to meet the additional needs of students. The date of the next review is July 2020.

It is important to equip our students with the necessary skills for them to career plan and know how and where to access impartial and unbiased information. Developing key enterprise and employability skills are important and enables students to further develop their skills and provides opportunities for them to work within their community, having a direct positive impact.

Additionally, as part of their entitlement, students have access to a range of external providers to ensure they learn about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships.  Please see our provider access policy document.

Careers guidance is on-going throughout the academic year and is delivered through PSHE lessons, collapsed timetable events, external trips and is enhanced by working with local businesses, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities.

Provider Access Policy

 Click here to view and download the Provider Access Policy - Baker Clause

Careers Policy


Cardinal Vaughan Memorial School-Careers Education Policy- 2019-20


To help students develop the skills and confidence to make realistic and informed decisions about their futures and to manage the transitions from one stage of their education, training and work to the next.


Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) makes a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life, in order to help them make a successful transition to adulthood by: 

  • Supporting young people to plan and manage their own futures

  • Providing comprehensive information on all options

  • Raising aspirations

  • Promoting equality, diversity, social mobility and challenging stereotypes

  • Enabling young people to sustain employment and achieve personal and economic well-being throughout their lives

All young people need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 pathways that are right for them and help them plan and manage their careers effectively in a changing global world of learning and work.


The Governing Body and staff are committed to:

  • The provision of resources and advice to enable students to understand and develop career choices and to ensure that careers education is seen as part of the overall curriculum and learning framework for all years.

  • Encouraging pupils to achieve and to be ambitious.

  • Involving pupils, parents and carers in the further development of careers work.

  • Working with support agencies so that no pupil is disadvantaged in gaining access to education, training or work.

  • Achieving and retaining the Quality Careers Award.


Careers includes both education, information and guidance. Careers education helps our pupils develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, manage transitions in learning and move into work. Through guidance pupils are able to use their knowledge and skills to make the decisions about learning and work that are right for them.

Careers education forms an integral part of the curriculum in the PSHEE programme. The three main areas of careers learning, identified in the National Framework, form themes throughout careers work from Year 7 to Year 13.

  • Self-development - understand themselves and be aware of their strengths and areas for development to inform future learning, work choices and progression routes.

  • Positive self-esteem – understand themselves and the influences on them and how best to manage these influences to maximise their potential.

  • Career exploration - investigate opportunities in learning and work through a wide range of resources (computer programmes, internet, books, leaflets and impartial careers guidance).

  • Career management - make and adjust plans, to manage change and transition in learning, work and career choices.

Careers guidance is supported by the work form tutors do in tutorial time. All staff are involved in guidance to an extent e.g. support during selection of KS4 options and UCAS Progress and UCAS applications. Careers guidance interviews takes place on a one to one basis for a number of identified students and those who request a careers appointment and is one aspect of the school’s pastoral/careers guidance. Careers information and resources are available in school for students to access.

Our CEIAG programme aims to guarantee all students who leave CVMS at the end of Year 11 and 13 have an offer of a place to move onto. This is achieved through the purchase of a Unifrog account for every student, including individual guidance and tracking which helps them to make applications.


New careers strategy guidance was issued by the DfE in October 2018. The guidance set out that secondary schools and colleges will continue to be responsible for making sure that their students can access independent careers guidance. The guidance sets out eight benchmarks of good career guidance, developed by the Gatsby Charitable

Foundation, to set a clear standard of excellence. The Careers and Enterprise Company

(CEC) will take on a more ambitious role, building on their progress to date by coordinating support for schools and colleges across all the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are;

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 pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2-Learning from career and labour market information

Every pupil, 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 best use of available information.

3-Addressing the needs of each pupil

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

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 future career paths.

5-Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil 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.

6-Experiences of workplaces

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

7-Encounters with further and higher education

All pupils 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.

8-Personal guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career 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 pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Demonstrating progress

CVMS currently has an audit it completes on a yearly basis. To reach the

‘World-class’ standard for schools as set out in the Gatsby report, CVMS will;

  • Use the Compass self-assessment tool to measure areas of strength and areas to be improved upon.

  • Work towards achieving the formal accreditation of a careers programme by gaining the ‘Quality in Careers Standard’

  • Offer every young person at least 7 encounters with employers during their education (at least one a year)

  • Give providers of Tech level education, including apprenticeships, the opportunity to talk our students

  • Publish details of our careers programme along with contact details of the careers leader on our website

  • Have a careers leader who has appropriate skills and experience. Full support will be given from Governors and Senior Leadership Team

Work Experience 

The objective of Work Experience in Y12 is to provide students with an opportunity to experience the world of work first-hand, and to develop their employability skills. Where possible, students should seek a placement in an environment which is linked to a career which they are considering for their own future. During the week, students will develop their communication skills, learn about the expectations of a workplace and possibly develop some skills which are specific to their placement role. 

All students will be offered the opportunity to undertake a one-week placement in the Summer term of Year 12. This experience may be limited by the availability of suitable placements. It is ultimately the student’s responsibility to ensure that they have secured a placement however support in finding a placement will be offered by the school. 


CAREERS: Statement of Intention

At all Key Stages pupils can expect:

  • access to a planned programme relevant to their year group

  • access to personalised advice and guidance (either in-house or by external and independent advisors)

  • help to recognise your likes, dislikes, influences, strengths and preferences in relation to career decisions

  • information about the world of work and how the labour market is changing

  • information about further and higher education, training and apprenticeships and employment routes

  • to take part in activities which challenge stereotyping and raise your aspirations

  • to develop skills and qualities to improve your employability

  • to develop enterprise skills

  • to be well prepared for different transitions

  • help to develop financial capability skills

  • to develop and strengthen your personal presentation skills for selection processes

  • sign posting to relevant up-to-date and impartial sources of careers information and advice not have limitations imposed on your aspirations based upon your social, economic or ethnic background.


 By the end of Key Stage 3: 

  • Begin to develop an awareness of your individual skills, strengths and preferred learning styles in relation to post 16 pathways and future career goals

  • Be able to access the careers resources centre in the library and online resources, through Start Profile and other portals (links available through the school VLE)

  • Be set targets and review progress with your tutor

  • Receive careers information and on-going support from staff such as your Tutor

  • Take part in the 2nd form options events where you can access information about different curriculum areas and the implications of studying specific subjects in Key Stage 4 

  • Have been given the opportunity to have a meeting with a qualified, independent and impartial careers guidance advisor

By the end of Key Stage 4: 

  • Experience careers education, focused on your development, labour market awareness, educational pathways and employability skills, the PSHE programme, through tutor group time.

  • Be offered at least one individual appointment with a qualified, independent, impartial careers advisor

  • Devise an action plan towards your career goals

  • Have taken part in an enterprise activity

  • Have listened to talks on different careers

  • Have been given the opportunity to speak to representatives from various sectors of the world of work

  • Have developed financial capability skills, in part through the use of ‘Your Money Matters’ resources, utilised by tutors in form and PSHE sessions

  • Have produced and reviewed a curriculum vitae

  • Have written a formal letter, e.g. covering letter

  • Been given impartial advice and guidance on post-16 education, employment and training and apprenticeship options

  • Develop presentation and interview skills

  • Be able to access careers information and resources

  • Be offered the opportunity to take part in taster days/ sessions

  • Have visited or spoken to representatives of further or higher education institutions, such as universities

  • Have opportunities to evaluate individual achievements e.g. rewards assemblies, enterprise activities

By the end of Key Stage 5: 

  • Be offered at least one individual appointment with a qualified, independent, impartial careers advisor

  • Participate in an enrichment and tutorial programme focused on your personal development

  • Have had the opportunity to set targets and review your progress through ongoing support from your tutor and subject teachers

  • Develop independent research skills (the level 3 Extended Project Qualification is offered in year 12)

  • Have had the opportunity to meet university representatives

  • Have had the opportunity to meet apprenticeship providers

  • Have been given the opportunity to visit universities

  • Have been given the opportunity to volunteer or take part in work experience

  • Have received a regular bulletin, containing up-to-date information on higher education taster days, apprenticeship and job opportunities

  • Understand the UCAS process and be able to research different universities and courses using online resources

  • Have information and support with financial planning for university, work and training

  • Have help and support on writing personal statements personal statement for a UCAS, apprenticeship or job application

  • Have been mentored through the university application process or supported with job or training applications

  • Have access to information on how to apply for internships, sponsorships or Gap Year placements

  • Be given the opportunity to take part in enterprise and challenge activities

Equal opportunities

CVMS is keen to promote equal opportunities and try to use every opportunity to challenge stereotypes and to raise aspirations. Careers education is provided to all students and provision is made to allow all students to access the curriculum. Students are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All students are provided with the same opportunities and diversity is celebrated. At special events such as the Year 8 options evening, post 16 opportunities evening and sixth form open evening we aim to give parents and pupils a view of young, successful career women and men. The destinations of our leavers are closely monitored and younger pupils informed so that we are aware of trends and opportunities.

Relationship to other parts of the curriculum and other policies

Careers education is conducted in accordance with the School’s equal opportunities policy and other relevant policies. The whole school remit of careers is recognised and the curriculum is developed alongside that of other areas so that careers education is an integral part of the whole school curriculum.

Parents and Carers

Parental involvement is encouraged at all stages. Online resources have been specifically chosen to help parents become more involved. All online resources are accessed through links on the VLE.


The PSHE subject leader coordinates the delivery of the careers programme within PSHE. The Careers Leader oversees CEIAG, manages the delivery of the work experience programme and careers appointments for the careers advisor. A member of the leadership team has a holistic overview of CEIAG and all the components.


The school has accessible careers resources on display and notice board as well as access to a private office for careers interviews. Our careers adviser is a regular visitor providing independent and impartial careers advice. Careers interviews may be booked through the Careers Leader who has an open door policy. Past students and parents are a valuable resource and come into help with careers work. We are also for grateful for the support we have had from local and national industries and higher education institutions.

Monitoring, evaluation and review

The careers programme is monitored regularly and amended. Pupils’ and parents’ opinions are actively sought and included in the evaluation and review. CVMS will measure the effectiveness of the CEIAG provision by considering both attainment data and destination data for our students at all transition stages.

Ms Katrina McGrath - Careers Leader

Telephone: 020-7603-8478


Careers planner

Click here to view and download the CVMS Careers Planner 


Information for Pupils


A reminder that you have access to a wide range of careers, enterprise and work-related information.  This can be found via the VLE. Dedicated careers programmes include KUDOS, START and UNIFROG, plus the superb Careers Guidance Charts and Big Names publication, which show how subjects can link to a variety of different jobs and careers.   You can create your own electronic portfolio by recording your achievements, experiences and work experience using the START on-line Locker and/or the KUDOS Me section - my personal development. You can also put together a CV or a personal statement.  Remember to research local opportunities to see if the job sector/career you are planning is likely to have vacancies in our region - or will you need to travel further afield?

We have also prepared an extensive list of websites for you to help with job research, progression routes, apprenticeships, volunteering and careers research.  Remember to check out the careers notice boards for apprenticeships and other information and the Careers Library, which is located in the UCAS room.  Any student can request a one-to-one guidance interview with our specialist careers guidance adviser.  The school is charged for these interviews, but we feel they are important to help supplement the careers and enterprise activities you have in school and the guidance you receive from your tutor, the pastoral team, additional needs staff and Sixth Form team.

You should prepare for your personal guidance interview by making a list of your interests and any specific concerns or barriers you feel you may have.  This is a good starting point for your interview and will help you set your targets and goals for your future career. When you leave school please consider signing up to our growing Alumni so we can keep you informed about school events. Sometimes we also contact our Alumni to see if they are willing to return to school to help support current students - usually at our Post 16 and Post 18 options Careers Fairs. 

We are always very pleased to learn more about what our former students are doing now and the career pathways they have taken - you can view some of these on the Alumni page.  Good luck with your future career planning and we hope we can help you achieve your goals and provide you with the career management skills you need to enjoy and contribute to the world of work.

Post 16 Options IT'S YOUR CHOICE

The choices Post 16 are:

  • Continuing to study at CVMS
  • Continuing to study at a College of Further Education
  • Applying for an Apprenticeship – or a similar work-based learning programme
  • Applying for a position within the Forces
  • Entering the labour market - although some form of continued training must be attached to the offer of employment to comply with the raising of the participation age

 External representatives from FE, HE, apprenticeship organisations, local and national employers and the armed forces, provide information to students regarding the choices available at the end of Year 11. Students also learn more about the exciting National Citizen Service summer programme, highly recommended, and generously part-subsidised by the DfE.

The information provided by the University will help students think about their options Post 18 - as the choices they make at the end of Year 11 may have an impact on future options - and they will also learn more about the current financial implications of continuing on into Higher Education.

All students have access to a range of careers-related resources via their student grid (careers learning apps) the careers library and notice boards and are also directed to specific websites to assist with their career planning and to ensure that guidance is unbiased and impartial.

All Year 10 students will be interviewed to discuss options, provided with information and advice relating to future pathways, usually by our contracted professional careers adviser.  Students with additional needs will continue to be supported by our in-house team and will also have support from our external partners. Students have access to a new work-ready employability skills website via the Start Profile website Start Profile helps schools and colleges to meet their statutory duties around careers guidance, combining the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised student experience and tracking capabilities to help teachers monitor student progress and engagement.

Ms Katrina McGrath - Careers Leader

Telephone: 020-7603-8478


CVMS staff

Information for Staff

All staff have access to a wide range of careers and work-related resources to support delivery in their subject areas and in line with the new Careers Strategy and Gatsby benchmark 4 - linking curriculum learning to careers. This includes subject posters which show a range of careers, plus access to the subject maps on the Careers Guidance Charts resource.

Resources for print or download can be found within the staff area/careers folder. Students can also use the Careers Library, either independently or as part of a lesson.  Teaching and support staff are regularly involved in supporting careers and enterprise activities during dedicated collapsed timetable events and also provide on-going support to students with regard to progression routes and choices after school.

Tutors in particular have an important role in helping to raise students' aspirations and providing information and advice about possible pathways after school. All staff should be able to signpost students to our careers and work-related resources and the Careers Leader. If you need any information or support with careers learning, linked to your subject or in a pastoral role please contact me.

Ms Katrina McGrath - Careers Leader

Telephone: 020-7603-8478



Information for Parents and carers

Parents and carers have an important role to play in supporting their child with their career planning and post 14, 16 and 18 transitions.

Students have access to a wide range of resources and careers programmes, many of which are accessible from home. These can be accessed via the VLE or within their student IT area/careers folder. Please take a look at the resources, together with your child, so you can find out more about the local labour market and the opportunities available from local colleges and apprenticeship providers. This includes an extensive list of websites to help with job research and progression routes.

START and KUDOS are particularly useful programmes to help students understand where they are on their journey and what's important as they make their choices at GCSE, post 16 and post-18.

START enables students to create a profile and record their achievements and skills via an on-line Locker.  Students can continue to use to update their skills as they move into each key stage and navigate the thousands of jobs, courses and opportunities available.

KUDOS includes a CV builder and tools for career planning. Students have direct access but if they need the school's access code please ask them to come and see me in my office during tutor, break, lunch of after school.

UNIFROG is another excellent platform for students to compare college and sixth form courses, research and save their University choices, investigate higher level apprenticeship opportunities and work through mini modules to develop interests and explore subjects in more depth.  Parents can also access via a separate login code, which can be viewed via the Sixth Form section/transition.

Careermag for Parents aims to connect students and their parents with quality advice and guidance. The magazine includes:

  • Top tips for parents
  • What does diversity mean to you?
  • Creative careers, creative thinking
  • Gender and social stereotyping
  • Myth busting careers
  • Apprenticeship opportunities
  • Financing university

Data protection and GDPR with regard to careers education: students and/or their parents/carers should be aware that basic on-roll school data may be provided to some external agencies i.e. the careers guidance specialist and work experience providers, to provide additional support for students. In addition, Post 16 and Post 18 intended destinations data is requested by the local authority towards the end of year 11 and year 13 as part of the school’s statutory duty. As part of the careers interview process, students are asked for their consent to opt in to the sharing of their data with key members of staff and parents/carers.

At CVMS, we are keen for our students to engage with the careers curriculum in practical ways; we believe students gain a lot from external speakers who can offer different viewpoints, insight and experiences. Because of this, we are interested in bringing people and organisations into the school to inspire our young learners and bring areas of work and study to life.

If you would be able to offer us any support:

  • Careers talks- sharing your experiences in a particular industry or career
  • Work experience placements
  • Careers workshop- on various careers related topics

Please send the Head of Careers an email and he get back to you as soon as possible.

Ms Katrina McGrath - Careers Leader

Telephone: 020-7603-8478



Information for Directors

The Directors of any school, college or academy are legally responsible for, amongst many other things, ensuring that the organisation carries out its duties with regard to delivering Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) to all pupils from the age of 11-19. Find out more about your role here.

Ms Katrina McGrath - Careers Leader

Telephone: 020-7603-8478


Click here for the NCW Guide to Careers in Schools for Governors


Employers,Training Providers and Staff- EMPLOYERS
- would you like to work with us?

We are always interested in expanding the network of companies and employers who want to work with us, in support of our careers education, enterprise and work-related learning programme.

If you are interested in supporting a specific curriculum subject area, or would be willing to attend a careers-related event or provide a careers lunchtime drop-in clinic to speak to students in a more informal setting, please contact the Careers Leader.

Ms Katrina McGrath - Careers Leader

Telephone: 020-7603-8478


See above for the provider access policy.

Training providers

Training providers

Work with us to provide students with additional information on technical qualifications and apprenticeships.  CVMS has always welcomed representatives from training organisations, further and higher education and technical colleges, together with apprenticeship providers.

All requests are subject to availability of rooms and in consideration of our timetabled curriculum. Please be aware that we have 130+ students in each year group and 200+ in our Sixth Form.  Providers working with our school must be GDPR compliant.  Alternatively and/or in addition to the above, you are invited to submit information relating to your provision electronically. Wherever possible, we will provide this to students via their on-line careers folder or display on our careers notice boards.

If you are willing to support our students and are not yet working with our school, please contact the Careers Leader.

Ms Katrina McGrath - Careers Leader

Telephone: 020-7603-8478


See above for the provider access policy.

Work experience

Work experience

We are pleased to advise that all of our Year 12 students will have the opportunity to undertake a one-week period of work experience July 2020. This is an invaluable opportunity, providing the chance to develop employability skills and sample the world of work. Heads of subjects expanding their own departmental links with employers, who regularly support teaching and learning in school. Potential careers and pathways are featured within school publications and at progress and options evenings.  The purpose of Work Experience is to provide pupils with the opportunity, before leaving school, of having experienced directly the realities of working life. It is an exercise, forming an integral part of the school curriculum, and is not to be regarded as specifically vocational training or recruitment. Students source their own placements, further developing their research and communication skills. This additional opportunity will prove valuable when applying for higher education courses and on seeking employment.

Pupils are given an insight into the world of work, its disciplines and its organisation. Pupils will be afforded opportunities to:

  •  compare their career ideas with actual experiences in various skills/work areas;
  •  be given opportunities to see the potential applications of the knowledge they have been acquiring;
  •  gain an appreciation of work attitudes and an understanding of the differences between school and work;
  •  have a chance to meet and establish relationships with people outside their acquaintance;
  •  develop a range of transferable, key employability skills

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic the Y12 Work Experience Programme has been cancelled and we are continuing to promote virtual work experience opportunities.

Ms Katrina McGrath - Careers Leader

Telephone: 020-7603-8478


Gatsby benchmarks

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