** MARCH 2021 UPDATE **

College Central is delighted to be taking part in the new Career Share campaign to encourage parents and carers across Sussex to engage with and support their school’s careers activities.

Parents and carers are the biggest influencers on young people’s aspirations and conversations about careers can have a positive impact on grades, motivation to study and attitude to success. By sharing stories about your career and life path you can make a positive impact on the lives of young people.

We are looking for parents and carers to take part in a range of activities to help prepare our students for life beyond school. There are lots of ways you can get involved, some only taking 5 minutes of your time!

Whatever path you have taken you can inspire, educate and encourage young people by sharing the knowledge, networks and experiences you have gained along the way.

Contact Dawn Hartland on  to find out how you can support students at your child’s school.

Follow Get Career Confident’s careers page for parents and carers in Sussex @Get-Career-Confident on Facebook and visit our website for lots of useful careers information.



At College Central we work closely with East Sussex County Council and our allocated Enterprise coordinator in order to ensure that the careers offer is meaningful to our students and is able to plan for their future path.

A young person’s career reflects the progress they make in learning and work. It is part of the vision and mission of College Central that all students will have access to a planned programme of activities to help them choose post 16 pathways that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers, sustain employment and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives. A programme of careers education in addition to impartial information, advice and guidance is considered best practice in maintained schools and academies for Y7-11.

The Education Act 2011 places schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for pupils in Y7-11 including those with special educational needs (SEN) or disabilities 2012. It removes the duty to provide a careers education programme: College Central will continue to offer careers education and careers related qualifications as part of the CEIAG offer.

The CEIAG programme is designed to help students make the most of themselves and their opportunities. In particular, it aims to help them:


  • Develop knowledge and understanding of work, learning and careers
  • Extend understanding of opportunities in learning and work
  • Make good use of information and guidance
  • Develop skills to review, plan, make decisions, present effectively and cope with change

The Gatsby Benchmarks

In 2014, Lord Sainsbury’s Gatsby Charitable Foundation published a report by Professor Sir John Holman, Adviser in Education at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, titled “Good Career Guidance.” The report identified eight benchmarks that are the core dimensions of good careers and enterprise provision in schools.

The Gatsby Benchmarks have a key role in:

• raising young people’s aspirations and promoting access to all career pathways

• enabling all young people to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career wellbeing, including adaptability and resilience

• underpinning the Department for Education guidance to schools on meeting their statutory responsibility for careers guidance.


As a result of this research, the Department of Education updated the Careers Strategy for schools highlighting how each school can fulfil all of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. The Careers Enterprise Company were set up by the Government to help support schools with their career’s guidance. They have produced many supporting documents and research that have helped schools improve and develop their careers programme. Schools use these benchmarks to assess their Careers provision that they offer to the students.



Virtual Careers Week 1st March 2021

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to take part in Careers week as we normally would so we have decided to provide  infomation to our students virtually. We have tried to collate as much information as possible so that it is a virtual hub. Please feel free to take a look using the link below:


The East Sussex Careers Hub provides lots of information about pathways for the furture. Click on the link below to access:

Careers Hub East Sussex - YouTube

Career Possibilities




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