Careers Guidance

The provision of careers guidance and support at New Line Learning Academy 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 an excellent 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 Careers Leader is Mrs McCarthy, who works with PSHEE lead Mr Wallis with the planning and delivering of a careers programme, which includes advice for pupils as well as employer engagement and support.  Selected pupils are also supported in their “Career Planning” by Think Forward Coach Kemi Odeyemi.  Kemi is an independent and impartial Career Development Professional employed by Think Forward. We have worked together to develop a strategy and plan for the careers provision at New Line Learning. We aim to utilise tools such as ‘Kudos’ to measure our progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks (see below).

If you have any queries please contact either Mrs McCarthy ( ) or Mr Wallis ( You can also contact the school office on 01622 743286.

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

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

  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


What will New Line Learning pupils experience.


At Key stage 3 pupils will access careers fairs and PSHEE will incorporate careers information. 

Further support is provided to Year 9 pupils, who will choose their GCSE options in this year. Support is provided through meetings with the academy leadership team building up the options evening and through some one-to-one support from Mrs McCarthy. 

Pupils also access a careers fair where local, aspirational employers will present to all key stage 3 about the range of jobs available after education.

In line with the Gatsby Benchmarks, which set out best practice for schools, we are looking to develop more workplace encounters for pupils across KS3, particularly in STEM subjects.

In year 9 some pupils will be selected to work with Think Forward to encourage them to develop the skills required for the workplace and to reduce pupils that end up ‘Not in education or Training’. (NEET)


Support will be provided for Year 10 pupils choosing their next steps, through an initial Assembly in the Summer Term and then small group interviews held in school with Mrs McCarthy; these sessions will continue into Year 11.

Pupils will also have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement during the summer term, which is arranged by Mrs McCarthy.

Also, curriculum areas will be seeking to develop links between pupils’ studies and the world of work as we continue to develop our provision. Pupils can also make use of the careers resources in the Careers area.

Selected pupils will attend external careers fairs. Those pupils will selected to work with Think Forward to encourage them to develop the skills required for the workplace and to reduce pupils that end up ‘Not in education or Training’. (NEET) will continue to work with Coach Kemi on a group and one-to-one basis.


Each Year 11 pupil will be seen by Mrs McCarthy in a group interview for “Careers Guidance” before Christmas, following this, those pupils who need a little more help will be seen for a one to one interview. Part of the meeting will include information on when they need to make applications through the Area Prospectus :

Those pupils will selected to work with Think Forward to encourage them to develop the skills required for the workplace and to reduce pupils that end up ‘Not in education or Training’. (NEET) will continue to work with Coach Kemi on a group and one-to-one basis.

If you feel your son or daughter will need a one to one interview, please let their form tutor or Mrs McCarthy know as soon as possible.

Pupils can also make use of the careers resources in the careers area. Another useful resource can be found at 

A guide for parents can be found here.

Updated June 2019 – reviewed annually

Careers Overview 2018/19

Careers Overview 2018/19

Post 16 Options

Options at 16 and beyond

Options with your subject

The Complete University Guide

Alternatives to University

Money isn’t everyone’s priority, but maybe a factor for you when choosing a degree.  Use this link to help you understand your choices in greater depth: (our Higher Education handout below can also help you further).

These websites will help you when making applications:

Applying for Post 16 options

Applying for Higher Education

Applying for Apprenticeships

Finance for education at further and higher education can be a concern, the following links can assist you:

Student Finance for Education

Student Finance for Higher Education

Student Loans Myth Busting

Scholarships for University

Dance and Drama Awards

Support for students from overseas

Advice on budgeting for College or University

Support for parents/carers:

Also : and

Useful Careers Websites

These websites can help with early research:


Once registered (for free), build your profile by identifying which skills and qualities you are strongest in, these are then “matched” to jobs you maybe suited to in the future. Delve deeper into the information to find out how many opportunities there maybe locally, what other jobs are similar and actual job openings. This “matching” works for some pupils but not all, as your ideas often change as you develop. However, with this website you can return to your profile time and again, as your skills develop and ideas change.

National Careers Website

This site contains hundreds of different job profiles, each with further links to explore and labour market information for each role and sector.


Explore different roles and search by subject areas to find out where your choices could take you. Complete the personality quiz called “the buzz quiz” to see if your personality is a good fit with different occupations. This is useful for some pupils but not the only way to decide on your future choices.


Find out what different occupations are like by listening to and watching people who do them.

Careers Theory

Useful for finding out why your ideas and choices will change over time. Different ideas for teachers, parents and pupils who like to know a little more.

Will a robot take your job?

A quiz written by Oxford University and Deloitte exploring which jobs may be taken over by technology in the future.

An Online Careers Tool – KUDOS

“Using Kudos, pupils learn about the numerous pathways available to them. They are able to explore routes that include further education, higher education, and apprenticeships. The breadth of information available in Kudos ultimately helps students navigate a complex academic and career landscape.”

Further careers resources can be requested for Mrs McCarthy.  Materials range from useful books on higher education and apprenticeships, through to occupational guides and general information.

Labour Market Information

Labour Market Information (LMI) can provide us with insights into different jobs and opportunities, telling us what is available now or predicted to be in the future. It can be gathered from a wide array of sources from websites run by Government funded organisations, through to adverts for job vacancies in local papers and online. Even anecdotal sources such as conversations with friends and family can give us information on who maybe recruiting. Each source can provide us with information on the labour market.

Turning it into intelligence, however, is key. To do that it is important to ask yourself, “How was the information gathered, when, by whom and for what purpose?” This will affect what the data is attempting to prove (if biased) or what it may mean for you and your career decisions.

For example: If the data was collected five years ago? How reliable is it? (not very) However, if the data was collected last week it is likely to be more reliable.  

Tools such as can help us access basic data on different jobs which, is helpful for a broad picture but very generalised. The pros and cons of this are outlined here:

Be Informed

To create a clearer picture, it is important to try and use more than one source of information to get as big a view as possible (much like when you check more than one “customer satisfaction” surveys and “review” sites when buying a car, laptop or new mobile phone). Using more than one source of data increases the odds of accuracy.

TOP TIP: LMI is often seen as a reliable prediction of the future; this isn’t always the case as any forecast is open to fluctuations and change. A good rule of thumb to remember is that the further away the prediction is, the more open to change the forecast will be.  

Apprenticeship Vacancies 

The new web platform from the new National Apprenticeship Service advertises upcoming vacancies from the country’s biggest and best apprenticeship employers. It was launched by Anne Milton, Skills Minister, at the House of Commons on 26th June

The link is shown below :

Please also see the most recent vacancies in London and the South East.