The Deanes seeks to positively support all students to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.

Students, parents / carers and staff can access our Careers Hub, which is a dedicated part of our website focusing on Careers Advice and Help.

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Our Careers Programme

Statutory Guidance

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

Our provider access policy can be viewed 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 7 of these benchmarks. Progress towards fully achieving the other benchmark 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 September 2022.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

  1. A stable careers programme
    Our schoolswill have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
  2. Learning from career and labour market informtion (LMI)
    Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
  3. Addressing the need of each student
    Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. Our school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
    All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
    Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, in particular within curriculum lessons, at least one per year.
  6. Experiences of workplaces
    Every student will have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
    All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
  8. Personal guidance
    Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Access to Information about Careers

The Deanes careers programme is committed to developing a whole school approach in providing every student with up to date, impartial, independent and varied careers education, information, advice and guidance defined by the CDI framework and Gatsby standards. This will help to ensure that each student has high aspirations and is fully prepared for their next steps in education, training and employment beyond their time at The Deanes.
Generic events across all year groups
  • National Careers Week Assemblies with tutor lesson activities.
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Further Information

For any questions about post-16 study, university or careers, please contact Ms Hampstead (Careers Lead) or your 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 careers office where students can access local market information, career guides and prospectuses for further and higher education providers.