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​Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Please read our Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy Statement: 

Careers Education Policy 2020-2021


Dorothy Stringer believes careers education enables students to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to make well informed choices to allow them to progress smoothly into further learning and work. It prepares young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life, thereby ensuring that, wherever possible, all young people leave education with employment, or go into further education or training. 

Our careers programme continues to be developed in line with the eight Gatsby benchmarks for ensuring best practice and to meet the requirements of the Department for Education's statutory guidance 2018. 


The Gatsby Benchmarks 

  1. A stable careers programme 
  2. Learning from career and labour market information 
  3. Addressing the needs of each student 
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers 
  5. Encounters with employers and employees 
  6. Experience of work places 
  7. Encounters with further and higher education 
  8. Personal guidance 

All students have access to all parts of the school's provision for CEIAG. Every effort is made to ensure that the programme respects and caters for the needs of individuals, respects diversity, promotes equality of opportunity and informs with impartiality. 


We are committed to providing: 

  • A planned programme of activities to which all students from Years 7 to 11 are entitled, which will help them to plan and manage their careers and demonstrate growth in the 21st Century skills that are most critical to their goals. 
  • Information, advice and guidance which is impartial, unbiased and based on their needs to help students make choices. 



This a summary of our annual careers programme. 


Year 7 

Year 8 

Year 9 

Year 10 

Year 11 

Whole Cohort 

Encounters with Employers or Employees 

Form Tutor Activities 

My Life Before Stringer The career pathway of teachers form whom teaching is a second careers.  


How many people does it take to run a school?  Introducing the jobs and skills used by non-teaching staff in the school. 

Business/Enterprise Package 

Each year the PSHE department select a relevant schools careers package provided by large organisations or business.  This year we will be exploring ‘Step in to the NHS’. 


Employability Workshops 

Alumni, parents, ex-staff, local business are invited into a carousel style workshop in which our students quiz guests about the work they do, how they got their jobs and what skills/qualifications they use. 

Work Experience  

Students participate in a week-long work placement in the community. 


Mock Interviews 

Working in collaboration with a team from the John Lewis Partnership, students take part in 20 minute remote mock interviews.  This is followed by personalised feedback from John Lewis staff. 




Options Evening: popular Post-16 providers invited to attend. 


Careers/Options lessons in the classroom 


Drop-down form tutor days to facilitate 1:1 GCSE options advice to students. 

Sixth Form College taster days 

Post-16 Progression evening (parents and students) 


Post-16 providers invited to present during PSHE lessons 


College applications supported in PSHE lessons. 


Drop-down form tutor days to facilitate 1:1 college subject advice to students. 

Taught Careers Programme 

PSHE Lessons 

Careers lessons focus on Qualities and Abilities 





PSHE Lessons 

Careers lessons focus on Employment Law & Equality in the Work Place 

PSHE Lessons 

Careers lessons focus on Employment Pathways  

PSHE Lessons  

Careers lesson focus on Employability Skills 

PSHE Lessons 

Careers lessons focus on CV Writing and Interview Skills 

Careers Across the Curriculum  



All academic departments have a Careers Champion to encourage links between current learning and future pathways. 



Independent Careers Advice 









All students in Y10 and Y11 have the opportunity to talk about  career/Post-16 pathways in 1:1 meetings with their PSHE teacher.    


Target groups in Y10 and Y11 seen by our Level 7 independent Careers Adviser.  Any student can see our independent careers advisor through self-referral. 

Bespoke Opportunities 

Sussex University Widening Participation: Campus Visits 


Professional Sport Club Day Release Programmes 







Sussex University Widening Participation: Campus Visits 


Professional Sport Club Day Release Programmes 


Sussex University Widening Participation: Campus Visits 


Professional Sport Club Day Release Programmes 


St John’s College, Oxford, campus visit. 


Girls Network Mentoring Programme 


Professional Sport Club Day Release Programmes 




Oxford University Road Show 


Professional Sport Club Day Release Programmes 





National Apprenticeship  Week   /   National Careers Week   /   Speakers for Schools 






Student evaluations completed in Term 2 or 3 




Additional Notes 

  • Students with an EHC Plan are supported through the Local Authority's LDD team.  
  • Home visits or remote appointments are made with students who are tutored at home. 
  • Year 11 leaver referrals to the Youth Employability Service as needed. 
  • The school takes advantage of external opportunities as they arise. 


Our desired impact is that all students access a well-planned careers programme that enables them to achieve their ideal destination outcome when they leave Dorothy Stringer School. 

We measure the impact of our programme by auditing and evaluating our Careers programme annually, reviewing our destination measures, Visitor feedback, Work experience evaluation and feedback from parents, students and staff over the course of each year. 

Following our comprehensive review of post-16 pathways in PSHE lessons and a variety of post-16 provider events, we are pleased that our students take up a variety of offers from a range of colleges, including BHASVIC, Varndean College, MET (Brighton and Northbrook), BRIT, Newman College, Plumpton College, Brighton College, Hartpury, DV8, BACA, Christ's Hospital, East Sussex College.  Students also enrolled in apprenticeship courses. 

In accordance with the Technical and Further Education Act 2017, the school welcomes visits from a range of education and training providers throughout the school year and through the event listed above. Please see the school Post-16 Progression page for further details or contact our Post-16 Champion, Katie Metcalf, at 

For our most recent destination figures (published 2 years in arrears), please visit this government website: 


Careers Leader – Mrs L. Lloyd – 

Careers Advisor – Ms A. Carroll – 

Post-16 Champion – Ms K Metcalf – 

Work Experience Coordinator – Mrs Ann Eke - 


Dorothy Stringer School 

Loder Road, 


BN1 6PZ 

01273 852222 


Next careers advice review date: Autumn 2021 

Dorothy Stringer School, Loder Road, Brighton, BN1 6PZ | Tel: 01273 852222
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