Careers Education and Work Related Learning Overview


The Department for Education believes that excellent careers guidance makes sure there is equality of opportunity and that it unlocks potential and transforms outcomes for people of all ages.

In line with guidance and using the eight Gatsby Benchmarks shown below, we at Nonsuch High School for Girls will aim to help students:

  • understand their options and different paths to work, to plan the steps they need to take, and to get from where they are to where they want to go;
  • be inspired about new opportunities they might not have known about (or that might not exist yet), or thought they could not achieve;
  • understand their knowledge and skills and how they can be used in the workplace;
  • get, hold and progress in a job, whatever their age, ability or background;
  • increase the amount they earn across their working lives;
  • improve their well-being through doing a job they are good at and enjoy.

The gatsby benchmarks

  1. A stable careers programme – Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information - Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each student - Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers - All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees - Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experiences of workplaces - Every pupil should 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 pupils should 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 pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

careers education, information, advice and guidance (ceiag)


  • Careers Information – including learning options, skills, occupations, labour market information (LMI) and progression routes
  • Careers Advice and Guidance - personalised help when required from advisers to identify long-term goals and plan steps to attain them
  • Careers Education - gives students the knowledge and skills for planning and managing their careers
  • Work-related learning – experiences within and outside of the curriculum which help students learn about economic well-being, careers and enterprise
  • Development of Employability Skills - realistic and meaningful opportunities for development of employability skills

Extra Support

Pupil premium students and those identified as needing extra support are invited to attend workshops run by our independent professional careers advisor or one-to-one consultations. These sessions include further information, advice and guidance on careers and further education. Students are also invited to attend sessions which help them to build upon and improve their self-esteem, self-belief and self-confidence and these are led by a qualified life coach.

Fast Tomato

Students in all year groups have access to Fast Tomato which is an online careers portal and is designed to help young people broaden their horizons and consider a broader spectrum of career and education options. Students take a short psychometric questionnaire which gauges interests, attitudes and motivations. They are then offered career and education suggestions, personalised to them. Students require a code to sign up to Fast Tomato and this can be obtained from Mrs Tingley. Please see the videos on 'how to create an account' and 'understanding your results' for further information.

For further information on the support available for our students and their parents please download our CEIAG overview or click on the relevant tabs. Further information is also available by emailing Mrs S Tingley, Coordinator of Careers & Higher Education / Careers Leader.

find out more

Further information and advice can be found on various websites including: Careers Advice for ParentsNational Careers Service, LMI for All, Future Morph for STEM Careers, CCS Skills for Creative Careers, Health Careers, Career Pilot for other sectors and Sutton’s Apprenticeship Hub.

Provider access

Our policy statement on provider access provides all the required information to enable providers wishing to visit the school for the purposes of sharing information directly with students. This may include providers of technical education qualifications and apprenticeships, FE & Sixth Form Colleges, Studio Schools, HE institutions and employers.

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