CEIAG- Careers Education

Careers Education, Information and Guidance at New Horizons School

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At New Horizons School we are committed to ensuring our pupils achieve well and are full prepared for the next steps in their education, training and employment. Many factors will contribute to how well a young person manages the transition from school to college, training or an apprenticeship. We believe that access to well-planned, up-to-date and individually tailored careers advice can make a big impact on the choices young people make and their ability to make the most of the opportunities available to them during these times.

We encourage pupils to consider how their strengths and interests are compatible with different employment and career routes. We make pupils aware of the career routes that would not be available to them if they opted out of particular subjects.

We have a strong focus on employability skills and attributes. Using researched based practice to inform our careers programme, we have included the six capabilities (identified by Impetus (2014) Ready for Work Impetus) in our careers programme. These are set out below:

  • Self-aware: be able to take responsibility for themselves and their actions, able to control themselves and to recognise their strengths and weaknesses
  • Receptive: able to take feedback and advice, willing to address weaknesses, to learn and to try new things
  • Driven: able to see a job to its conclusion, to be punctual, well-organised positive
  • Self-assured: willing to ask questions and seek advice, to work alone without direction, able to be confident in social situations and in their work
  • Resilient: able to cope with setbacks, rejection and criticism, determined to overcome obstacles and able to stay calm under pressure
  • Informed: knowledgeable about the job market, how to search for a job and to effectively interview; knowledgeable about how to conduct themselves in a professional environment.

New Horizons additionally work towards the 8 Gatsby Benchmark for delivering careers in school.

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:


  1. A stable careers programme
  1. Learning from careers and Labour Market Information
  1. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  1. Linking curriculum Learning to Careers


  1. Encounters with Employers and Employees
  1. Experience of workplaces


  1. Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  1. Personal Guidance


These are set out in more detail in the Gatsby Benchmarks which you can download below.

At Years 10 and 11, pupils are given the opportunity to undertake Work Experience in a variety of employable settings. Please see the Work Experience policy below that outlines this in more detail.

As the Careers Lead for New Horizons School, I am responsible for ensuring all pupils understand the options they have available to then and to support them to make strong choices to secure best possible outcomes as they move through school towards the world of work.

As well as teaching careers education discretely at Key Stage 4, along with my colleagues at Key Stage 3, I am responsible for ensuring the careers input across the school is well balanced, responsive to our pupils` needs and the opportunities available locally. This includes subject based discussions, guest speakers, assembly themes, offsite visits and college and work experience opportunities.

We always welcome opportunities for our pupils to learn about different careers and working environments. If you think you could contribute in any way to support our pupils` understanding and experiences of work, I would like to hear from you as home input plays an important part of transitioning into the work place.

Ben Seager – Careers Lead.


New Horizons Careers/CEIAG contacts:

Careers Lead –

Enterprise Coordinator –