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St John's C of E Middle School Academy

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), who have provided an adviser to our school 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

Mr Kevin Medway, Deputy Headteacher has been appointed as the senior leader for CIAG and is working with Mrs Claire Woodward and link High Schools to ensure that our pupils are able to access a range of opportunities throughout Key Stage 3 and into Key Stage 4 at high school, as it is clear some of the benchmarks are designed to support older pupils.


All Year 8 pupils take part in our annual Careers Day where they get to experience a variety of jobs. Last year this included visitors from the Fire Service, a photography company, a representative of an animal charity, a solicitor and a professional from the music industry.

  • STEM workshops take place throughout the year for Year 7 and Year 8 pupils
  • STEM Club for Year 7 and 8 pupils. They are currently engaged in a Lego Robotics competition.
  • Links with Worcestershire Apprenticeship Scheme.
  • Visits to Science festivals e.g The ‘Big Bang’ in Birmingham.

CIAG Strategy

In July 2018 we completed the Compass Careers Benchmark tool, which will 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

From September 2018, The Careers and Enterprise Company provided the school with an adviser, works closely with key staff to enhance provision already in place, using the Compass audit tool.

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:

St John’s CE Middle School Academy has also met with the other middle schools in Bromsgrove, to ensure a consistent and coherent offer is available to all our pupils in the Bromsgrove Middle Schools Learning Partnership.