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Careers Advice & Guidance

At the Swanage School, our careers programme is delivered across the whole school, both within the PSHE curriculum and with additional activities and events arranged both in and out of school to prepare students for the world of work.

One of the core themes in our PSHE programme is 'Living in the wider world' which focuses on:

  • The rights and responsibilities as members of diverse communities, as active citizens and participants in the local and national economy.
  • How to make informed choices and be enterprising and ambitious
  • How to develop employability, team working and leadership skills and develop flexibility and resilience
  • About the economic and business environment
  • How personal financial choices can affect oneself and others and about rights and responsibilities as consumers

Our careers programme works within the government's Gatsby Benchmarks which sets the standard for Careers and Enterprise within schools.

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

The Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit includes these top tips for employers.

Our Careers Lead at The Swanage School is Samantha Probert who can be contacted via the school office or email samprobert@theswanageschool.co.uk

Careers activities by year group

Years 7 & 8



Careers assemblies

Once Covid restrictions are lifted, we will invite a range of employers and organisations into school over the year to give an assembly introducing students to their field of work.

PSHE lessons

  • Enterprise skills & an introduction to careers
  • Challenging career stereotypes and raising aspirations
  • Rights and responsibilities in the community
  • Tackling age and disability discrimination
  • National careers week

Team building

July Challenge Week

Career reflections

Feedback to be completed in Tutor groups after Careers sessions


Year 9



Careers assemblies

Once Covid restrictions are lifted, we have a range of employers and organisations who are invited into school over the year to give an assembly introducing students to their field of work.

PSHE lessons

  • Understanding careers and future aspirations
  • Identifying learning strengths and setting goals as part of the GCSE options process
  • Fast Tomato online careers programme
  • National careers week

Team Building

July Challenge Week

Careers advice

  • The school aims to offer advice and mentoring through the services of Ansbury


Year 10



Year 10 information evening

This will be presented virtually through a series of presentations from each subject area.

Careers assemblies

Once Covid restrictions are lifted, we will invite a range of Employers and organisations into school to give motivational talks about their field of work.

The Apprenticeship & Knowledge company come into school to talk to Year 10 about apprenticeship options.

Careers Expectations and CV writing

Delivered in English lessons.

Work Experience Placements - Nov

In Tutor groups. All students choose their work experience placements.

Work experience week – 29th June

Year 10 students to take part in a virtual work experience during the week commencing 29th June 2021; the platform we will be using is the 'Speakers for Schools Virtual Work Experience’ (VWEX) programme.


Understanding the causes and effects of debt. Understanding the risks associated with gambling.

National careers week - visit from Weymouth apprenticeship bus.

Fast Tomato online careers programme


Year 11



ASK Apprenticeships

The Job Centre

Apprenticeships & Higher level apprenticeships workshop.

Advice on vocational & academic pathways into work

Purbeck Careers fair

Students are invited to the Purbeck School Careers fair.

PSHE lessons

  • Understanding the college application process and plans for beyond school
  • Information on a range of universities
  • Skills for employment and career progression

Ansbury advice for SEN students

This is targeted advice for SEN students.