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CareersAs a school we have a statutory and moral duty to provide students in Years 8 to 13 with careers education, information, advice and guidance. This is extended in Dronfield Henry Fanshawe School to include Year 7. Our careers strategy is now mapped against the eight Gatsby Career Benchmarks of,

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

which outlines what good careers guidance looks like.

The Careers Professionals in School are Mr Kevin Pickles Associate Deputy Headteacher is the lead careers professional in school (RCDP) Mrs Marshall is the Independent careers advisor in school (RCDP), Both are RCDP Registered Careers Development Professionals holding careers guidance qualifications.

Guidance takes place within the curriculum and with one to one interviews. Please liaise with Mr K Pickles regarding your child's interview. Interview slots are communicated via your child's mentor although we actively encourage parental / carer involvement in this process.

You are entitled to;

  • clear advice and information about ALL the options available, so that you understand what they involve
  • support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future
  • regular personal support on information on how well you are doing
  • help to decide what to do when you leave your course, including further learning, training and employment
  • a programme of careers education helping you develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning
  • the opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that effect your learning
  • an opportunity to set out an individual learning plan, and
  • an opportunity to learn about the world of work

Careers preparation, called Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is taught to all years within the school. As a snapshot of the curriculum, the main elements are:

Year 7

Students receive a taught module within our Enrichment Curriculum RE and drama lessons regarding self-awareness and Careers information matching. CEIAG supports access to information and advice from an earlier age, enabling better informed decisions at transition stages. Careers work can also be seen to raise aspirations and improve motivation to participate in education or training as a life long development.

Year 8

A Spiral Curriculum continues after Year 7 and is extended to the matching of Careers information to personal strengths, skills and attributes in making realistic and well informed decisions about future careers, courses and pathways. CEIAG supports access to information and advice from an earlier age, enabling better informed decisions at transition stages. Careers work can also be seen to raise aspirations and improve motivation to participate in education or training as a life long development.

Year 9

In Year 9, this continues to be developed into Options post Key Stage 4 are explored, and the Year 8 work on self-awareness and decision making is developed. Skills for employment and financial capability are added to the curriculum so that economic awareness is developed.

Year 10

We begin to explore Sixth Form options and interview skills. Work Related Learning also starts as students complete work experience. Work related skills alongside financial and economic competency are further developed.

Year 11

Apprenticeships and Sixth Form options are further explored, as are interview techniques and decision making. Awareness of the options available is a key area of study, as students begin to apply via the Common Application form. Work related skills alongside financial and economic competency are further developed.

Sixth Form

UCAS preparation is one core aspect of the pastoral support programme, as is interview techniques, job seeking and apprenticeship sessions. All none university options are also explored.


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