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Careers Programme

Careers Education, Information and Guidance Programme (CEIAG)

Careers Education Information and Guidance is an important part of preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned programme of activities supports the students in choosing pathways at key transition points that suit their interests and abilities and helps them to work towards a career path and sustainable employment.

Our programme empowers young people to plan and manage their own futures. We acknowledge that availability of information is a key factor in career choice and pathway decisions. It raises aspirations, promotes equality, diversity, social mobility, challenges stereotypes and supports young people to achieve personal and economic well-being throughout their lives.

We are committed to fulfilling the Government statutory requirements which state that “Section 42A of the Education Act 1997 requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered students at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 (12-13 year olds) to year 13 (17-18 year olds).” Careers guidance must be presented in an impartial manner and promote the best interests of the student to whom it is given. Careers guidance must include information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and technical education routes.

Every student in year 11 will be offered an individual meeting with the Personal Adviser, and meetings are arranged for other targeted students throughout the year.

We look for and promote opportunities to collaborate with partners to support the programme to help students move on to positive, suitable and sustained destinations.

A school careers networking fair is held once a year, where multiple year groups benefit from conversations with a wide range of professionals.

There is a stable programme of Careers Education, delivered in tutor times, in assemblies, on off-timetable Enrichment Days, and through other occasional events in the school year. If you would like to obtain further information about our careers programme, please contact Sarah Essaye.

Year 7

In Year 7 our focus is adapting to a new community and their 6 careers lessons help them start to think about how our education impacts our future career. Students will have the opportunity to hear from a range of visiting speakers to broaden their horizons. There are also opportunities to perform in musical or theatrical productions and a multitude of other clubs, with the aim of developing confidence and presentation skills. Students take part in a mini careers networking session within their tutor groups where they learn skills of gathering information from professional people.

In addition, students go on a residential trip, taking part in exciting and challenging tasks that will develop their resilience and teamwork.

Year 8

In year 8 our focus is on helping students to develop their independence skills. Through their programme of careers lessons students will continue to explore and find inspiration from a wide variety of career paths. Students will have the opportunity to participate in activities including in-school workshops and work insight visits, centred upon developing their communication and problem-solving skills, as well as their exposure to new career sectors. We regularly host excellent speakers from a range of career backgrounds.

Year 9

In year 9 our focus is on starting to refine students’ individual aspirations and pathways. The tutor time careers lessons will continue to help them explore different career paths, and consider their options for Key Stage 4.

We host an options assembly, a parents’ evening, and a meeting with a member of the Senior Leadership Team to help students make these crucial decisions.

Students will take part in a speed-networking fair with industry and business experts, learning the appropriate presentation and interviewing skills in order to achieve maximum benefit from the event.

At Pimlico, we are keen to promote careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). To raise awareness and promote a wider range of options, therefore, students will also take part in STEM activities.

By the end of Year 9 every student will have had the opportunity to visit a workplace for an insight workshop. We have a large number of partnerships in place, which helps us to deliver bespoke and high quality experiences for students, covering a wide range of industries and professions.

Year 10

In year 10 we focus on developing employability skills. We use a drop day to explore skills and motivation in depth in small group work with volunteers from a range of different employers, and work on writing winning applications. Students will also have a mock interview with a corporate volunteer, after which they will receive verbal and written feedback.

We identify and work with specific cohorts who may need extra support to make a successful transition to post 16, as well as taking students who fit the academic profile to top universities.

In the tutor time careers lessons students will continue to explore different career routes including vocational pathways and apprenticeships to ensure they are fully informed when making decisions about their post 16 choices.

Year 11

In Year 11 the focus shifts to post 16 options and applications. Students will consider the pathways open to them, such as Sixth Form, Further Education Colleges, and apprenticeships, and armed with this information, they begin to make their choices. All students will receive information about their post-16 choices at information sessions, parents’ evenings and assemblies.

They will attend the Careers networking event and have an individual guidance meeting with an independent personal careers advisor, as well as multiple meetings with a designated link member of staff to track and support their post 16 applications.

Sixth Form

As part of the Sixth form careers programme students will have a CV workshop; write a CV, and receive individual feedback, they will have an external corporate mock interview and then be matched with a week of high quality work experience.

We offer a range of speakers and access to the Careers Networking fair. We offer students numerous opportunities to access a wide range of corporate mentoring schemes; widening participation schemes and work insight programmes, and they are supported with making applications to these. We have partnerships with a range of private schools, companies and social enterprises that help provide students with a range of extra support to help them to achieve ambitious university destinations.

How Pimlico Academy Measures and Assesses the Impact of the Careers Programme on Pupils

As a school we follow the ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ set out in the DfE strategy.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

  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

We use the Compass Benchmark tool developed by the Careers and Enterprise Company to assess how we are performing against the benchmarks, and inform our areas for improvement. This tool is used country wide by schools and colleges to support the analysis and evaluation of careers activities. We work closely with our Local Enterprise Adviser and Westminster Careers Network as well as many business partners; we have a Business in the community partner and are part of a Careers Cluster with Construction Youth Trust

Each activity within the school’s careers programme is recorded digitally via Compass+. Activities are also followed up with feedback questionnaires completed by student, staff and external providers. Activities are assessed and further developed from this feedback.

SLT and the Careers Leader review the careers plan and careers education content annually to ensure it is meeting the needs of all our students.

Enrichment Provider Access Requests

We are interested to hear from providers who could offer opportunities relevant to students’ progression and information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point, technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities.

A provider wishing to request access should contact Sarah Essaye, our Education Enrichment Co-ordinator.

To contact her, please use these contact details:

Tel: 0207 828 0881 extension 140


Alternatively, contact Alice Seller, the Head of Education Enrichment at Future Academies.

Tel: 020 7828 0881 ext. 547  



As part of the school’s Careers Programme, providers will have the opportunity to come into school to speak to students, and their parents or carers. The school will set up the main hall, classrooms or private as meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. Arrangements must be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Education Enrichment Co-ordinator or a member of the school team.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Office.

The information on this page is kept under regular review. The next full review is scheduled for June 2021.