Woodmanstern Primary

Careers Advice and Guidance

At Woodmansterne we will empower children to choose the career path that is right for them. We will do this by

  • providing a broad and balanced curriculum
  • giving individualised advice and guidance on GCSE and post 16 options
  • securing independent careers guidance
  • Providing opportunities to a range of providers to access pupils and inform them about further/technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.

Our current and planned year 7 provision is outlined below. 


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Visit to Kingston University.

Fashion workshop.

‘Live’ project with advertising agency.

Visiting speakers including actor and barrister.


1-1 guidance interviews for all pupils

Visit to Bank of England.

Jamie Oliver project.



To achieve this aim, in line with DfE guidelines, we use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks which define all the elements of an excellent careers programme:

  1. A stable careers programme – delivered through our PSHE curriculum.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information - by the age of 14 (year 9), all pupils will have accessed and used information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions on study options. Parents will be encouraged to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to inform their support to their children.
  3. Addressing the needs of each student - Our careers programme will actively seek to challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations. We will collect and maintain accurate data for each pupil on their education, training or employment destinations.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers - All teachers link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees - Every year pupils will participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer through which they will have the opportunity to explore what it is like to learn in that environment. 
  6. Experiences of workplaces - By the age of 16(year 11), every pupil will have had at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have. By the age of 18 (year 13), every pupil will have had one further such experience, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education - By the age of 16, every pupil will have had a meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including Sixth Forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. This will include the opportunity to meet both staff and pupils. By the age of 18, all pupils who are considering applying for university will have had at least two visits to universities to meet staff and pupils.
  8. Personal guidance - Every pupil has a 1-1 guidance interview each year resulting in personalised targets that pupils keep in their planners to support their career development.