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Careers Provision


CEIAG is an important aspect of students learning experience as it prepares them to make decisions about their education and their future professional life in the world of work. Careers education and guidance at Laleham Gap School is delivered through Personal Development lessons, tutor time, assembly and additional activities with partner agencies, local colleges, universities and employers. The careers programme in the school supports the curriculum for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.


The provision of careers guidance and support at Laleham Gap School seeks to deliver on the 2018 Department for Education Careers Strategy. We want:


  • all pupils to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, to learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace and to have first-hand experience of the workplace;
  • all pupils to get a programme of advice and guidance that is delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience;
  • all pupils to get support tailored to their circumstances. With access to face-to-face advice.
  • all pupils to get the information they need to understand the job and career opportunities available, and how their knowledge and skills can help them in considering suitable careers.


The government has introduced the following mandatory guidance for schools under which are called the Gatsby benchmarks:



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


Currently our primary pupils visit workplaces linked to some aspects of the curriculum. For example, local restaurants, supermarkets and an ice cream parlour. Pupils also engage in role-play activities, often with links to some job roles.



Careers provision in Key Stage 3 is delivered through Personal Development lessons in collaboration with external agencies and partners. In Year 9 support is also provided by an Independent Impartial Careers Advisor from the Education Business Partnership in the form of face to face meetings. Notes will be completed in their Careers appointment(s), detailing what they need to research and what they are initially considering for their Post 16 education or training.


Mr Parkin continues to provide additional support to all years, with their career development working closely with the Careers Advisor.



Support will be provided for Year 10 pupils choosing their next steps through careers provision within Personal Development lessons, links with external agencies and at least two Careers meetings. Meeting will be supported by school staff and the Careers Advisor. Parents and Carers will be invited to join the second of the two meetings and Mr Parkin and the Careers advisor will be on hand to support families preparing to inform the Local Authority of their post 16 intended destinations.


Mr Parkin and the Careers Advisor will be available at the Year 10 parents evening for additional support.



Pupils will have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement during the autumn term, which is arranged by Mr Parkin.


Mr Parkin and the Careers Advisor will be available at the Year 11 parents evening for additional support if necessary.


If at any time you feel your son or daughter may require further support, please let their form tutor or Mr Parkin know as soon as possible.



All aspects of the Year 12 provision are personalised to the individual. Where appropriate pupils will have the opportunity to complete further work experience placements, careers meetings and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance will be delivered through Personal Development lessons. Where appropriate some pupils may undertake school to college link programmes, Supported Internships or other forms of training.



Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is delivered in collaboration with external agencies and partners such as The Education Business Partnership, Department for Work and Pensions, Thanet Inclusion Support Services, Careersoft, The Education People, Collaborative Learning Alliance of Special Schools and the National Citizen Service. The school also has close links with local Colleges who provide school to college link programmes during Key Stage 4 and 5 to support young people with acclimatisation, decision making and transition.



The school will support the Local Authority by tracking pupils for three years after they leave the school. In most cases this will be done by contacting the pupils new post 16 provider however in some cases a member of school staff may contact parents to discuss. Please contact the Careers Leader should you require any advice, guidance or support.



The Careers Leader at Laleham Gap School is Mr Parkin, who works with the Senior Leadership Team and school staff in the planning and delivery of a careers programme, which includes advice for pupils as well as employer engagement and support. 


Pupils at Laleham Gap School are also supported in their “Career Planning” by an Independent Impartial Careers Advisor.


If you have any queries please contact Mr Parkin

01843 570598

Updated October 2021 – reviewed annually