iMatter As [...Insert Your Dream Career Here...]

iMatter As [...Insert Your Dream Career Here...]


iMatter as a [ ... Insert your Dream Career here ... ] because I will make a valuable contribution to our future society. I will make the most of the extensive opportunities for personal development which will equip me with the skills, attributes and values needed for success in my chosen career. I will recognise my talents, strengths and transferable skills and make well informed choices about my future study and career pathways.

Year 7

I will meet guest speakers from Industry and Higher Education. I will develop an awareness of the link between education, planning for success and future career prospects. I will visit a university campus. I will be introduced to CEIAG-related websites. I will engage in a range of learning activities that will help me to see the connections between what I am learning in school and my future options as an economically active citizen.

Year 8

I will meet guest speakers from Industry and Higher Education and continue to develop my understanding of the connection between planning for the future, educational achievement and career pathways. I will receive impartial careers advice to support me to make an informed decision about my Key Stage 4 options. I will be introduced to the world of work through the ‘Take Your Child to Work Day’ and will begin to reflect on the skills and qualities I am developing as a future economically active citizen.

Year 9

I will participate in a Careers and Post-16 Fair. I will be introduced to Apprenticeships and develop an understanding of opportunities available. I will study an Enterprise qualification to acquire a more specialised understanding of this sector. I will participate in ‘Student Takeover Week’ to gain first hand experience of the job roles at The Deanes. I will be given opportunities to explore career possibilities linked to my interests, for example through attendance to the ‘Big Bang Roadshow.’

Year 10

I will engage in the ‘Employment Intelligence’ programme in order to prepare me for my two-week Work Experience Placement. The programme will help me to develop my employability skills by supporting me to identify my transferrable skills, complete job applications and understand the requirements of dress codes, professional conduct, the Equality Act and Health and Safety in the work place. I will be given opportunities to take part in visits to FE and HE institutions, including a taster day at USP College (SEEVIC).

Year 11

I will be supported to make a well-informed choice for study at Post-16 which enables me to pursue my Dream Career. I will meet with representatives from a range of local FE providers and take part in workshops with ex-students to understand their experiences of the application process and study at College and University. I will receive impartial careers advice and support with my choices from my academic mentor. I will be encouraged to take part in the National Citizens Service during the Summer holidays.

Statutory Guidance

Updated guidance on careers guidance and access for education and training providers can be found here.

Part of the statutory guidance for schools is the requirement to meet the 8 ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ by the end of 2020.  We make use of the ‘Career and Enterprise Company’s’ ‘Compass Tool’ to monitor our progress towards these benchmarks.  With our two week Work Experience placements for all Year 10 students, access to an independent and impartial careers adviser and on-site experiences such as visits from guest speakers, we are already fully compliant with 3 of these benchmarks.   Progress towards fully achieving the other benchmarks is well underway.

We make use of destination data, monitoring and student voice to measure and assess the impact of our careers programme on our students.  

Our careers website information is reviewed annually. The date of the next review is January 2020.

Provider Access Policy

Our provider access policy can be viewed HERE.  

Our careers lead, Kate Fanning, can be contacted by telephone on 01268 773545 or by email:

Who we work with

We work with a variety of organisations, employers, further and higher education providers to enhance the careers provision for our students.  in addition to those detailed below, we collaborate with local employers, FE and sixth form colleges.


Further Information

For any questions about post-16 study, university or careers, please contact Miss K Fanning (Careers Lead) or a form tutor.  We will refer a student for independent advice and guidance with our connexions officer if needed.  All year 11 students will receive at least one individual careers advice appointment with connexions, follow up appointments are arranged as required.  We have an expanding careers section in the library where students can access local market information, career guides and prospectuses for further and higher education providers. 

All students at the Deanes are registered on the ‘Start’ online platform.  ‘Start’ combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools.  ‘Start’ can also be accessed by parents using this link:

You can also follow us on Twitter: @deanescareers

Careers guidance websites

barclays life skills
success at school
what’s your thing?


subject choice guidance

informed choices


Local post-16 providers

appleton school & sixth form
belfairs academy
king john school and sixth form
south essex college
southend high school for boys
southend high school for girls
westcliff high school for boys
westcliff high school for girls



amazing apprenticeships
find an apprenticeship
not going to uni


russell group universities
the student experience survey 
the university of essex



Local market information

compare jobs
what’s your thing?

Industry and subject specific

accountancy and finance
creative choices
digital and IT
hair and beauty
tv, film and digital arts