A young person’s career reflects the progress they make in learning and work. It is part of the vision and mission of John Taylor High School that all learners need a planned programme of activities to help them choose 14-19 options that are right for them and to be able to manage their careers, sustain employability and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives.

John Taylor High School is committed to ensure learners have access to a source of careers guidance which is independent and external to the school. We are committed to providing a planned programme of impartial careers education and information, advice and guidance (IAG) for all learners in Years 7-13 and to provide extra support as required for learners with additional needs. John Taylor High School endeavours to follow best practice guidance from the careers profession, from other expert bodies such as Ofsted. We are also committed to maintaining our Quality in Careers quality mark.

Key CEIAG Personnel at JTHS:

Link Governor responsible for CEIAG provision at JTHS is Mrs Barbara Richardson.

Career Leader and member of the Senior Leadership Team is Mrs Alison Spencer.

Careers Coordinator is Mr Carl Knight

Independent Careers Adviser is Mrs Elaine Tomlinson (Entrust)

JTHS Level 6 qualified Personal Guidance Adviser is Mrs Sue Bond.

The careers provision includes:

All students have access to the following:

Extra-curricular clubs and trips support students in developing their understanding of a range of different subjects. A list of extra-curricular clubs and trips is available on the school website.

  • All students can attend the careers clinic drop-in service
  • All students have access to the careers section of the school newsletter, careers section on the school website and careers and university section in the LRC. External opportunities are advertised to students.

Students with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities (SEND):

  • Transition from one key stage to another and onto careers is part of the action plan for a student with SEND.
  • Personalised support from the SENCO, careers advisor and external bodies is used where appropriate.

Students in receipt of Pupil Premium funding:

Personalised support will be given to these students and they will receive an extra careers appointment in Year 10.

Careers Advisor and Local Enterprise Partner

At John Taylor High School, there is an independent Careers Advisor, provided by an external provider, who works alongside the CEIAG Coordinator. The CEIAG Coordinator meets regularly with the schools Local Enterprise Partners to develop a Careers Development Plan for the school. This is in line with Gatsby Good Careers Guidance.

Key Stage 3:

Year 7 Aims:

  • Develop understanding of personal interests and motivations
  • Commence engagement in understanding the world of work
  • Begin to understand what motivates us to pursue a job or career

Year 8 Aims:

  • Develop further understanding of their personal interests and motivations
  • Develop further their understanding of the world of work
  • Develop further understanding of what motivates us to pursue a job or career Relate their personal qualities to the world of work

Year 9 Aims:

  • Students will make better informed choices for their Options
  • Students will have exposure to a variety of career sectors
  • Further Develop understanding of personal interests and motivations.

The options programme for Year 9 is designed to support students in their GCSE choices.

Please see the pastoral curriculum plan for Years 7-9 for further details of this provision.

Students in Year 9 will have the opportunity to take part in the Bronze Duke of Edinburgh Award. A large majority of students participate in this.

Key Stage 4 Aims:

  • Further develop understanding of personal interests and motivations.
  • Students will ready themselves for the world of work
  • Students will develop their understanding of employment skills.
  • Students will be better informed of their future career pathways.

All students have the opportunity to have a one-to-one careers discussion with the school Careers Advisor to inform individual Careers Plans.

A number of students every year will take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. The majority of students participate in the Bronze Award. Many students participate in the Silver Award.

Extra-curricular clubs and trips support students in developing their understanding of a range of subjects. Students are given advice and guidance about what to participate in e.g. the National Citizenship Service.

The options programme for Year 11 supports their Post 16 choices. Every student has the opportunity to meet with a member of the Senior Leadership Team and House Learning managers individually and with parents to discuss Post 16 choices.

Please see the pastoral curriculum plan for Year 10-11 for further details of this provision.

Key Stage 5:

There is a range of support for university, apprenticeship and employment applicants through:

A weekly tutorial, as part of the curriculum. This is run once a week for Year 12 & Year 13. (Outline plans can be requested from the Sixth Form team)

Students in the Sixth Form are encouraged to visit university open days, masterclasses, taster courses and summer schools at a variety of universities, to develop their application profile. The Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) helps develop invaluable research and independent learning skills which are central to higher education. All students and parents are invited to a Next Steps evening in the spring term of Year 12 to explore Post 18 Options.

There is a dedicated team to support students with the UCAS and Apprenticeship application process. Each student will have support tailored to their application from a subject advisor, their form tutor and the Sixth Form team.

Students choosing to apply for an apprenticeship or employment will have a dedicated tutor to support the application process.

Interview preparation, practice and workshops are led by departments and the Sixth Form team. These often include using volunteers from a range of business and Higher Education backgrounds.

There is preparation for and support with aptitude and pre-admissions test.

The pastoral curriculum for Years 12-13 includes lessons on life at university, including on finances.

Charity fundraising and enterprise activities are encouraged e.g. the Young Enterprise competition, Sixth Form social activities including Quiz and show and charitable house activities led by House Leaders.

Sixth Form students are encouraged to undertake volunteering and work experience to support their university/apprenticeship applications. A range of opportunities are advertised throughout the academic year, as appropriate to specific students.

A number of students every year will take part in the Duke of Edinburgh Award. At Sixth Form, this will usually mean Gold or Silver.


Alumnae are encouraged to be the speakers at Next Steps events including Oxbridge, Apprenticeship and employment opportunities. Alumnae also speak at KS4 and KS5 Celebration Evenings.

Work Experience Provision

The aim of work experience is to provide an opportunity for all Year 12 students to learn in the work place; an experience that cannot be replicated in school.

All students are offered the opportunity of one weeks’ work experience in the July of Year 12. This is not a compulsory part of the curriculum but is undertaken by the majority of students. Many students complete adhoc work experience throughout their Year 12 and 13 studies.

The overall organisation of work experience is undertaken by the Work Experience Co-ordinator (WEC), who liaises with the Sixth Form Team and CEIAG Coordinator.

The students are encouraged to arrange their own work experience. The WEC advertises work experience opportunities to the students and offers personalised support meetings where required. The school has links with many large businesses and organisations e.g. Burton Hospital, St Georges Park etc.

Parents are informed and communicated with throughout the process and a work experience information form are completed.

The WEC checks that the placement meets with the school’s requirements, the students will be treated fairly and they will undertake meaningful work.

All students on placement are covered by the employers’ insurance and places of work are risk assessed by the WEC.

Useful websites

ncs.png The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.

The National Careers Service website aims to:

  • help you with careers decisions and planning
  • support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals
  • motivate you to implement your plan of action
  • enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
a Central Governments dedicated apprenticeship website has a whole range of information to help young people decide if Apprenticeships are the right route for them. You can also search for apprenticeship vacancies.
cb Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver a new way for students to explore their skills and career options.
p Plotr is a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love.

It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.

ls LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK.
ic icould has a range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers.
cp Plan your study & work.  Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time – even to university level.
sas Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
sacu SACU offers a great independent & impartial source of careers information to students, parents and teachers. Once students have registered they can take the Spartan test, which creates three different ‘clouds ‘of information related specifically to careers, apprenticeships and subject choices. Students can match their A levels to produce a list of university courses that other students have applied for with the same subject combination. They can also explore up to date Labour Market Information related to their chosen career.
ngtu The notgoingtouni website is the one stop site for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs
ucas https://www.ucas.com/ You will use this site to apply for most university courses in the UK. It now also provides resources for apprenticeships and lists apprenticeship opportunities across the UK.
gmfj ‘Get my first job’ – works with leading Skills Funding Agency registered training providers and colleges to advertise and manage Apprenticeships and training programmes. Students can quickly register their details and apply for positions in their preferred location and area of interest. There are also resources for parents.
od.png Open days are a fantastic way of exploring facilities and provision and provide a useful insight into what university/college life is like. Universities also provide workshops and taster lessons to help students make the right decision for them. This site provides a full calendar of all the University Open days which will prove to be very useful when planning to avoid missing school days. Most universities have open days at a weekend now.
sl Student Ladder provides information on over 2500 Work Placements, Graduate Schemes & Internship opportunities for 16-24 year old students. Over 100 School Leaver Programmes for those not going to university. Application Advice on CVs, interviews, online tests and assessment centres. Provides information, guidance and advice from GCSE through to graduation.