Careers Advice

Careers education prepares pupils for the world after school. This includes thinking about how to look after themselves as an adult, how to relate to other people and how to fit into society. St Edward’s Church of England Academy provides information, guidance and help with making decisions about the future to all students from Y7 upwards. This includes information on post-16 options including sixth form, college, apprenticeships, training and university study, and entry to a range of jobs and careers. As a parent you want the best for your child and it’s never too early to start thinking about their options.


Useful Resources:


Parent Information and Resources:

Skills Gap and Labour Market Information:


What can pupils and parents expect? The Government set out what pupils and parents should expect in terms of careers advice:


How do we provide pupils with information about course choices and careers?

The Academy’s Careers Policy sets out our commitment to delivering high quality careers advice for all pupils.

Pupils regularly have the opportunity to learn from local colleges, universities and employers. This may be through a workshop session, a lesson or a school trip. Many visits are STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) based such as local employers CRODA visiting science lessons or chemistry masterclasses at Keele University.

All Key Stage 3 pupils receive the following three strands of careers education and guidance:

All Key Stage 3 pupils

During tutor time, collective worship and Alternative Curriculum days, pupils have the opportunity to discover what options are available to them in Year 9 and beyond. Pupils are encouraged to consider a variety of options based on their interests and skills.

Skills Fair (Autumn Term Year 8) Visit to the ‘World Skills UK Live’ show at the NEC. Pupils have a go at something they’ve never done before by trying hands-on job-related skills across a huge range of careers: TV production, demolition simulation, virtual welding, floristry and 3D modelling and more!

Ryman’s National Enterprise Challenge (Spring Term Year 8) A “Dragon’s Den” style activity where teams of pupils compete to go forward to the national finals. Pupils develop their employability skills through team work to design a product – complete with marketing plan, design features and costing. 

University workshops (Summer Term Y8) provided by Staffordshire University. Team building challenges and activities that develop pupils’ understanding of life at University.

Careers Fair (Summer Term Year 8) Local employers, colleges and apprenticeship providers deliver 30 minute sessions to pupils to explain the role, hours and wages and necessary qualifications for various jobs. Past providers have included: Leek and Buxton College, Ornua Foods, Croda, local banks, representatives from the NHS, legal, hospitality and manufacturing industries.

Useful resources for pupils:

The links below will help you with your CV, letter templates and interviews.

"I Could"

The 'I Could' website helps you to find out about yourslef and different career paths. Take part in the quiz to find out your strenghts and areas for developme

The National Careers Service provides information on more than 800 jobs, qualifications, pay and future prospects. The Skills Health Check is a set of quizzes and activities designed to help pupils explore their skills, interests and motivations. Working through the Skills Health Check can help them decide what kind of jobs might be right for them.

STEM Careers is a digital toolkit for pupils and teachers. It helps to make the link between the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths subjects people study in school, college or university and the world of work. Its goal is to bring alive the huge range of opportunities which are open to anyone who pursues STEM subjects.

For advice on University courses, funding and the application process

Apprenticeships – a genuine job, with training, meaning you can earn while you learn and gain a nationally recognised qualification. Apprenticeships are now available up to degree level and beyond. Over 50 national universities are currently offering a range of degree apprenticeships with more to be confirmed throughout the year.

– Earning a salary and paid holiday

– Excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace

– Increased future earning potential– apprentices enjoy marked salary increases on finishing their training and those completing a higher apprenticeship could see increased earnings of an estimated £150,000 over their lifetime.

To discuss Careers advice and education further please contact our Careers Leader:  Mrs R Rose via the Academy Office on 01538 714740.