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Careers Education

At Wanstead High School our curriculum offer promotes the personal growth and development of our ambitious pupils, providing them with high quality careers education, advice and guidance to support them and set them on a pathway to thrive, achieve and succeed in the modern world.

Our pupils follow a spiral careers curriculum based on the Careers Development Institute (CDI) framework:

A tutor time programme is dedicated to this each week, based on the Skills Builder employability skills framework for Years 7 to 9, and Unifrog for Years 10 to 13 (please see our monthly careers newsletter for details on how this can be accessed as a parent). We achieved the Skills Builder Bronze Award for our work implementing the programme in Year 8 last year; you can read our case study here.

Within the taught curriculum, links are made between lesson learning and the careers pathways, and a number of subject areas host subject-relevant careers talks, sessions and workshops.

Our careers curriculum is supplemented by a planned careers programme of events across all-year groups, delivered by an expansive network of high quality employers, technical, further and higher education providers. Events are both based around key dates in the careers calendar, such as National Careers and National Apprenticeship week, as well as the unique needs and aspirations of our pupil community. This includes an annual careers fair and outreach and engagement days with specific partners and providers.

If you are an employer or provider and would like to attend one of our careers events, our Provider Access Policy, which includes contact details, can be found here: Provider Access Policy.

We offer our pupils the opportunity to gain valuable work experience, through our pupil helper programme in Year 8 and a planned placement for all Year 12 pupils, facilitated by the Business Education Partnership.

Our pupils also receive high quality, impartial careers guidance, which helps them to make informed choices in deciding their next steps in relation to GCSE, post-16 and post-18 options, from a combination of school staff and our external careers partners, Prospects and Connexions.

Our disadvantaged and SEND pupils are targeted and prioritised in all aspects of our careers offer as outlined above.

We use the Gatsby benchmarks to inform and plan our careers curriculum and programme, and evaluation indicates that we are currently meeting most and are above national average for all. We welcome parental feedback, which can be provided through this form.

You can find out more about our careers offer through our monthly careers newsletter.

If you have any further queries beyond the information that is available here, please contact our Careers Lead, Assistant Headteacher Mr Langford.