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Careers Education

Demonstrating the links between lifestyle, learning and earning.


By helping students make the correct career decision, we equip them to reach their full potential.

Malden Oaks’ careers plan supports the achievement of the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks and the DfE document “Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools” (January 2018). The careers plan sets out how the school provides a fit for purpose careers programme.

It is important to us that all students have a plan for their next steps. We are committed to ensuring that students have high quality impartial advice on careers opportunities.  We believe that giving students the best careers education and guidance is vital to helping them achieve their ambitions.

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks:

Benchmark 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 students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

Every student 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 the best use of available information.

Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs 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. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of careers paths.

Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees

Every student 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.

Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces

Every student should have first-hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing, and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education

All students 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.

Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance

Every student 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 Students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.


Useful resources for both students and parents


Guidance and advice delivery

  1. PHSE lessons

Students access Kudos an online programme. Kudos helps students to access the information they need to make important decisions about future careers and what subjects, courses and training they can do to reach their career destination.

World of Work topic objectives include:

  • To explore what work is and understanding its’ meaning
  • To know the different types of employment & employment contract
  • To know the difference between jobs, occupations & careers
  • To emphasise the link between school subject being studied and subsequent career choice
  • To know what transferable skills are and to know what generic skills & qualities employers want. Matching skills & qualities to jobs and transferable skills
  • Dream jobs & reality, jobs of the future, impact of technology, employment trends. Action planning/ career path mapping
  • Interview preparation & CVs
  • To review learning & get feedback to inform future planning

SoW examples:

The Dream (RG3) Students will be able to identify their ideal accommodation, form of transport and leisure items and activities. They will be able to apply decision making skills & will be able to recognise and talk about the items an independent adult worker will need.

Who am I? Who are you? (RG5) Students will be able to examine the difference between jobs, and will be able to recognise that there is a variety of jobs & work styles.

Reality Check (RG6) Students apply Maths skills to a real life situation. They will understand the concepts of a budget, experience the consequences of earlier decisions & prioritise their values in relation to their income. They explore the interrelated nature of occupation and income & experience decision making skills.

  1. All students have an independent careers guidance interview; students are informed about courses which suit their academic needs and aspirations. We ensure that all our students progress onto appropriate courses or employment on leaving our school. We provide access to independent information about the range of options (academic, vocational or apprenticeships). Our team of Vocational Curriculum Support Workers help students to complete application forms to college. The Head of Careers, the tutor or parent/carers follow up actions stated in the independent interviews.
  1. Students with EHCPS; All students with an EHCP have a careers programme that is tailored to meet their individual needs, this is supported and managed through the school’s SENCO, who arranges individual post 16 meeting with an AfC specialist adviser.
  1. We inspire students through real-life contact with the World of Work.

Preparing young people for the world of work – ‘Not sure which of the two is going to get the biggest shock’. By Russell George.    

This is typically through Vocational Courses such as:

  • Community motors – Motor Vehicle Studies
  • Clarendon Cycles – Accredited outcomes in Cycle Mechanics.
  • Road to Success – Construction, Hair and Beauty, plumbing, Painting & Decoration and Tiling
  • Sporting Chances – Sport, Gaming, Fitness, Media and Music.
  • Green Corridor – Students Dig, Plant and Grow then Cook and Serve.
  • Anstee Bridge – Students study creative subjects
  • Kingston College – Hair and Beauty
  • WUWO media – Game Design, Social Media, Graphic Design, Working with a magazine company

Our dedicated team of Vocational Curriculum Support Workers accompany and/or monitor students at offsite courses to offer assistance, confidence building and stability.


The Careers Team

At Malden Oaks, the Careers team co-ordinates and monitors the delivery of the School Careers Plan:

Tracy Atiase Head of Careers
Email – 
Contact number – 0208 289 4664
Louise Barnes Deputy Headteacher, 14 – 16 Vocational Curriculum
Alison Vigor Deputy Headteacher, Head of KS4
Mark Hoble Management Committee member for CEIAG