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Careers, Information, Advice & Guidance (CIAG)

‘The Government’s careers strategy sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. To achieve this aim, the careers strategy sets out that every school providing secondary educations should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision…The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties.’  - DfE January 2018 (Careers guidance and access for education and training providers)

St John’s CE Middle School Academy has been working since the publication of this document, along with ‘Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’ (DfE Dec 2017), to put in place a well-structured careers service for our pupils in Key Stage 3. The school has adopted the Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit and has started working with The Careers and Enterprise Company to assist in ensuring best practice for our pupils in the provision of careers information, advice and guidance.

CIAG Leader at St John’s CE Middle School Academy

Mrs K Gallinagh, Deputy Headteacher has been appointed as the senior leader for CIAG and is working with Mr P Marsh in this area.  They work with a Careers Advisor, local Middle Schools and link High Schools to ensure that our pupils are able to access a range of opportunities throughout Key Stage 3. 


  • In Year 8 there is a series of lessons in PSHE lessons on Careers Education which culminates in a visit to the Worcestershire Skills Show.
  • All Year 8 pupils visit the Worcestershire Skills Show.
  • In the summer term we hold an annual Careers Day for Year 8 pupils where all pupils get to experience a range of workshops on variety of jobs and further education opportunities. Last year this included visitors from the Fire Service, a photography company, a representative of an animal charity, a solicitor, an army officer, an engineering company, digital services and the agricultural sector.
  • Visitors are invited in termly to speak to our Year 7 pupils in assemblies on Careers, Apprenticeships and Further/ Higher Education opportunities.
  • STEM STEM – (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) workshops take place throughout the year.
  • STEM Club for Year 7 and 8 pupils.
  • Year 8 STEM visit to an engineering company
  • Links with Worcestershire Apprenticeship Scheme.
  • Visits to Science festivals e.g. The ‘Big Bang’ in Birmingham.


We use the Compass Careers Benchmark tool to help the school to devise a coherent offer for our pupils. The Benchmarks are as follows:
Benchmark 1  - A Stable Careers Programme
Benchmark 2  - Learning from career and labour market information
Benchmark 3  - Addressing the needs of each pupil
Benchmark 4  - Linking curriculum learning to careers
Benchmark 5  - Encounters with employers and employees
Benchmark 6  - Experiences of workplaces
Benchmark 7  - Encounters with further and higher education
Benchmark 8  - Personal Guidance

Pupils, Parents and Carers may like to access a new online careers tool for Worcestershire which is aimed at supporting schools, pupils and parents with information about the Worcestershire labour market and employers in Worcestershire, as well as supporting careers advice and events. The website can be accessed from the following link:


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