Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Vision

"Our vision for careers education is for the creation of a partnership that touches the lives of as many young people as possible, enabling our students to make informed choices about their future work and life"

The Minsthorpe Community College Careers Offer

As an Academy we endeavour to work towards The Gatsby Good Practice Benchmarks, the DFE Careers guidance and inspiration in schools’ Statutory guidance (March 2015) and other good practice guidance from the Department of Education, Ofsted and other relevant bodies.

We recognise that we have a responsibility to ensure all pupils at the college are provided with independent careers guidance (Education Act 2011) in relation to guidance from section 45A of the Education Act 1997.

The seven key elements underpinning the Minsthorpe Community College Careers Offer are:

  1. Every young person in the College should have access to impartial, independent and personalised careers education, information, advice. Our careers programme is embedded with equality and diversity throughout.
  2. The College has an explicit published policy on young people’s experiences of the world of work, links with business, careers provision and destination outcomes. This policy is reviewed and approved by the governing body at least every three years. The College also reports annually on delivery of the policy.
  3. Minsthorpe has a governor with designated oversight for ensuring that the institution supports all students to relate their learning to careers and the world of work from an early age.
  4. Minsthorpe has up-to-date, user-friendly labour market intelligence/information (LMI) readily accessible by young people, teachers and parents/carers.
  5. Every young person in the College will have the opportunity to meet employers to support their knowledge and experience of career pathway options. This may include career insights from industry experts, work tasters, coaching, mentoring, enterprise activities, part-time work, work shadowing, work experience/supported work experience and other relevant activities.
  6. Lessons from this- and other elements of the careers and employability journey- will be captured by the college. This will provide a record that our students are given numerous experiences to help them become work-ready and that employers can be confident that they have been given support in terms of careers guidance and work-related learning.
  7. The quality of careers provision in the College will be strengthened by developing ‘careers clusters’ in the region to share resources in improving awareness of the local labour market and the wider region’s labour market, and is designed to support other school and college leaders in a whole-school approach to plan and deliver careers provision.

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

The Careers Information, Advice & Guidance Education programme at Minsthorpe Community College enables our students to make a successful transition into their chosen pathway.

Students have access to a range of careers support delivered through a variety of ways. All students will have a one to one guidance appointment delivered by an impartial qualified careers adviser, Students can request a guidance appointment at any time throughout their academic life and students will be offered support at key transition points such as Year 8 options, Year 11 progression planning and UCAS application for those want to progress on to University. Parents are able to attend appointments and careers guidance specialists will be at parent evenings to provide any further careers support. Please see our Calendar of events section:

Targeted support for Vulnerable and Disadvantaged students

The school Careers Lead and cross curriculum team leaders work closely using data to identify students who are in need of targeted support or who are at risk of not participating in further studies after year 11, becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). Targeted students receive additional in-college support on career options, pathways (Apprenticeships, College etc.) and application help, Students in alternative provision receive targeted support from the careers lead and additional support with interviews etc. from the Alternative Provision co-ordinator.

The assistant principal for assessment and support and the careers lead work closely to ensure Pupil Premium students receive carefully targeted advice and access to other career related programmes such as university visits, college visits etc.

The assistant principal P16 achievement and progression ensures that students understand that the 16 to 19 Bursary Fund is available, and used in a way to support their learning needs.

SEND Students Support

All college staff work from the basis that the majority of SEND students are capable of sustainable paid employment, with the right preparation and support. By working closely with the careers lead, associate assistant principal for additional needs and other staff, SEND students are supported to develop the skills and experience, and achieve the qualifications they need, to succeed in their careers. The school seeks to understand the interests, strengths and motivations of students and use this to support students onto a pathway that supports their development and progression.

Independent and impartial advice for young people with SEN and disabilities includes all of the education, training and employment opportunities on offer, and signpost them onto study programmes that will support their transition into paid employment. This includes work skills programmes, work experience, traineeships, apprenticeships and qualifications that will enable students to apply for higher education where appropriate.

Careers Leader – Tim Dowey

Students are also invited to request an appointment with Mr Dowey by emailing;

Student Entitlement for Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Minsthorpe Community College aims to provide ALL students with a comprehensive CEIAG Programme. Careers Education consists of explicit lessons through L4L, supporting students to develop skills, knowledge and understanding about how to manage their own learning and career development. College will provide a learning environment where the importance of CEIAG is referenced across all curriculum areas. Students receive guidance interviews at key stages throughout their education, through 1-1 interventions and group work. This support is carried out by the Careers Lead and external agencies. Through careers education, information, advice and guidance, students will be able to feel positive about themselves, improve their motivation and raise aspirations, taking responsibility for their own career pathways.



Careers Newsletter

Useful Links

Minsthorpe Community College also has a dedicated Careers section on the school Firefly intranet system, students can access Firefly from home. There is specific information on Apprenticeships, Careers, University, Year 8 Pathways and much more. Please ask your son/ daughter to show you.


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