Aspire, Achieve and Thrive

Careers Guidance

Throughout pupils’ time at Downland we aim to equip them with skills, opportunities and choices for the future

At Downland School we are passionate about ensuring that all our pupils receive good quality career advice throughout the time they are with us. We believe that good quality careers education will raise the aspirations of all our young people. It will increase motivation by linking activities in school with preparation for life post 16 and beyond.

CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) will, therefore, contribute to raising pupils’ achievement, help pupils focus on their longer-term career ambitions and ensure an equality of opportunity for all. Additionally, a high quality Work Experience in Key-stage 4 will also support pupils experience and prepare for both further education and the world of work.

At Downland School, we provide a comprehensive CEIAG programme to pupils in every year group and this includes aspects of work-related learning, enterprise education, pathway choices and information surrounding RPA (raising of the participation age). Pupils are very well supported as they make their applications to college, apply for apprenticeships or other post 16 pathways including (where appropriate) specialist college placements.

Key aims of CEIAG at Downland School is to ensure our pupils can achieve the following:

  • Participate in post 16 education or paid employment (with training) upon finishing Key-Stage 4 – No NEETS
  • Live independently and be interested in learning in the years following formal education
  • Have friends, manage relationships and play a positive/active role within their community and society
  • Lead healthy and happy lives.


Overview of CEAIG – Delivered through the Life Skills and Values (LSV) curriculum, by our Careers Advice Teacher

Foundation years – Currently year 6, 7 and 8  

Familiarisation with the ‘World of Work’.  Pupils will explore Jobs and Careers, understand the relevance of Personal Qualities and investigate stereotyping.  We arrange for visits from a cross section of local professionals.

Consider personal achievements and (where appropriate) qualifications and their importance. We look at the routes into work and the difference between skills and qualities.  Pupils will begin to understand their strengths and weaknesses. We will introduce you to Careers Information in a number of formats and at the level appropriate to each individual

 Year 9: Options Year

This is when our Careers teacher will ‘formally’ contribute to the EHCP annual review, start of transition into Key-Stage 4 pathway:

In this important year, there will be on-going input and support from all staff (tutors and via individual subject areas), including the Careers Adviser (LSV). You will be invited to attend a ‘Pathway’ evening and select your additional subjects to study in year 10 and 11

You will be equipped to make informed choices about your courses and start to consider what you aspire to do post 16 – College visits, career taster days and visiting employers will happen in year 9, 10 and 11. This experience will be tailored to each cohort and individuals as appropriate

 Year 10

This is our Work Experience Year (WEXP)(s), where the pupils will get involved in preparation for their Work Placement in May (year 10), September (year 11). (N.B. some pupils will need a longer preparation and they will do WEXP in year 11).

Pupils will cover Health and Safety in Work, interview techniques and Job applications.