Careers

At St Matthew Academy we are committed to ensuring that all our pupils from Years 7 to 11 have high quality impartial advice on career opportunities in line with the now statutory Gatsby Benchmarks. We try to ensure that pupils receive information about how they progress onto appropriate courses in further education and eventually employment. It is very important to us to know that all leavers have a plan for their next step.

The Gatsby Benchmarks 

We have used these 8 benchmarks to review and focus our own provision for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance:

(1) A stable careers programme.

(2) Learning from career and labour market information.

(3) Addressing the needs of each student.

(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.

We have put in place support for our pupils in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions. We believe that giving pupils careers education and guidance is vital to improving their motivation to learn because it gives pupils context for what they are doing each day in school.

All pupils are entitled to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) that: 

  • Provides good quality independent careers advice to pupils which inspires them and motivates them to fulfil their potential

  • Provides personal advice and guidance which is in the best interests of, and meets the needs of, all pupils

  • Is based on the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance

  • Contributes to the raising of pupil achievement by encouraging pupils to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers

  • Provides opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others

  • Provides opportunities to inspire pupils through real-life contact with the world of work

  • Develops enterprise and employability skills including skills for self-employment

  • Supports inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity

  • Encourages pupils to see career development as a life-long process

  • Develops pupils’ skills and knowledge of careers including career management skills and knowledge of the local labour market

  • Ensures pupils are aware of the full range of academic and technical routes available at each transition point so that pupils have the necessary knowledge to make successful transitions

  • Provides opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces

  • Supports social mobility by improving opportunities for all pupils, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs and disabilities

  • Is embedded into subjects across the curriculum (including Personal Development)

Careers Programme: Year 7 

  • All pupils have been involved in Personal Development Day Careers activities
  • Access to Fast Tomato online Careers application
  • All pupils will take part in the Careers Day 21st May

Careers Programme: Year 8​​​ 

  • Personal Development activities aim to help pupils to make a decision on their curriculum options that are appropriate to their interests and talents.

  • Personal Development activities on the construction industry delivered by Construction Youth Trust

  • All pupils have been involved in Personal Development Day Careers activities

  • All pupils have access to Fast Tomato online Careers application

  • All pupils will take part in the Careers Day 21st May

Care​​​​​​ers Programme: Year  9 

  • All pupils involved with either the KPMG mentoring or employability programmes

  • All pupils will have opportunities to attend careers events and visits through curriculum departments

  • Selected pupils attended Universities including Sussex University, Oxford University and King’s College London

  • Selected pupils attended the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

  • Selected pupils attend Careers talks delivered by guest speakers

  • All pupils have been involved in Personal Development Day Careers activities

  • All pupils have access to Fast Tomato online Careers application

  • All pupils will take part in the Careers Day 21st May

Careers Programme: Year 10 

  • All pupils involved with either the KPMG mentoring or employability programmes

  • Successful applicants attend the Brilliant Club

  • Selected pupils attend university visits including Oxford university

  • Selected pupils attended the Royal Institution Christmas Lectures

  • Selected pupils attend Careers talks delivered by guest speakers

  • Selected pupils attend careers visits through curriculum departments eg Business Studies visit to Amazon at Tilbury

  • In February, all pupils attend one week’s Work Experience with employers

  • All pupils have been involved in Personal Development Day Careers activities

  • All pupils have access to Fast Tomato online Careers application

  • All pupils attend Careers Day 21st May.

Careers Programme: Year 11 

  • All pupils will learn about Post-16 pathways to make informed choices about their future

  • All have learnt how to write a personal statement for post-16 applications

  • All pupils will hear from guest speakers in assembly about sixth form, college and apprenticeships

  • All pupils will attend group sessions discussing the different post-16 pathways and key considerations when choosing post-16 options

  •  All of these activities will be supported with opportunities to speak with the SMA Careers Lead and computer access for online careers centred resources is also available

  • Selected pupils will have had access to university visits including Oxford University and Cambridge University

  • All pupils have access to Fast Tomato online Careers application

For information on our Careers programme please contact Mr Gunningham at IGU@stmatthewacademy.co.uk 

Employers and post-16 providers interested in meeting with our pupils please contact Mr Gunningham at the same address. 

Please download the document below for the list of useful Careers Websites for our pupils.