Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Offer

The careers education, information, advice & guidance programme enables our students to make a successful transition into their chosen pathway.

Here at Bishop Young C of E Academy it is important that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures. We focus on enriching each student through our ethos and values “in partnership to educate nurture and empower.

Our careers adviser, Mr Glyn Ellis, provides impartial guidance to each Year 11 student during 1 to 1 interviews and organises a Careers Fair each October. Our careers leader, Keith Williams implements an aspirational careers education, information, advice and guidance programme to all students from Years 7 - 11 and this enables our students to be well prepared for their futures.

Careers education is delivered through PSHCE, and additionally through one off special events, University and employer visits, trips, assemblies and also lunch time / afterschool clubs.

Gatsby Benchmarks

As part of the careers strategy the Gatsby benchmarks enables our academy to ensure all students receive a high quality programme of careers.

  1. A Stable Careers programme: Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers
  2. Learning from career and labour market information: Every student and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make use of the best information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student: Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers: All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees: Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experience of workplaces: Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education: All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in school, colleges universities and in the workplace.
  8. Personal Guidance: Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

All students will work towards the above Gatsby benchmarks framework which enables them to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their abilities and affinities
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the range of opportunities open to them
  • Take part in work related activities in and out of the academy
  • Understand the Labour Market and the requirements and expectations of employers
  • Learn to make decisions wisely about their future
  • Be fully prepared to manage change and be fully supported through key transition periods
  • Learn how to improve their own employability: how to find work, how to get work and how to progress their careers

Our careers programme is measured and evaluated in a number of ways. We evaluate students’ knowledge and awareness through paper and online feedback. This is usually done before and after a workshop. The careers programme as a whole is evaluated through the careers and enterprise company, we utilise the compass tool and provision mapping to support the Gatsby benchmark framework. This is reviewed every year.

All students can meet with our careers leader Mr G Ellis for individual advice about options, future choices, Post 16 pathways and applications, CV clinic, interview preparation, apprenticeship applications, and any other guidance they need.

Students have access to a range of careers support delivered through a variety of ways. Students can request a guidance appointment at any time throughout their academic life and students will be offered support at key transition points such as year 8 options, year 11 progression planning and Post 16 applications for those want to progress on to further education. Parents are able to attend appointments and careers guidance will be at parent evenings to provide any further careers support.

Targeted support for vulnerable and disadvantaged students

The academy’s careers leader works closely using data to identify students who are in need of targeted support or who are at risk of not participating in further studies after year 11, becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). Targeted students receive additional support on career options, pathways (Apprenticeships, College etc.) and application help. Students in alternative provision also receive targeted support from the careers leader and additional support with interviews etc.

SEND students support

SEND students are supported to develop the skills and experience, and achieve the qualifications they need, to succeed in their careers. The academy seeks to understand the interests, strengths and motivations of students and use this to support students onto a pathway that supports their development and progression.

Independent and impartial advice for young people with SEN and disabilities includes all of the education, training and employment opportunities on offer, and signpost them onto study programmes that will support their transition into paid employment. This includes work skills, soft skills, work experience, traineeships, apprenticeships and qualifications that will enable students to apply for higher education where appropriate.

You are welcome to contact the careers leader Mr G Ellis via email at

Or through the academy reception on 0113 2739100

Baker Clause Statement

Bishop Young Academy Policy Statement on Access to Providers of Technical Education and Apprenticeships, sets out the academy’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the Academy for the purposes of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.

This complies with the legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education act 1997 (the ‘Baker Clause’).

Students in Years 7 – 11 are entitled to:

  • find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options evening’s, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Employers, Training Providers & Colleges

We welcome employers, training providers and colleges to participate in relevant careers education sessions within school. These are usually planned PSHE sessions. With a full curriculum to be delivered to each year group it is essential that we plan ahead and therefore ask that all enquiries are made well in advance.

Parents & Carers

How to support your child through career choices?

Raising the Participation Age

RPA is a new measure that has been brought in by the Government. It means that all young people have to be in some form of learning or training until their 18th birthday.

What are the options available after Year 11?

  • Stay in full-time education (e.g. school or college)
  • Take up work-based learning (e.g. an apprenticeship or traineeship)
  • Take up full-time work with additional part-time learning (at least 280 planned hours of education a year) which will result in an accredited qualification
  • Combine self-employment with part-time learning, leading to an accredited qualification
  • Volunteer (for 20+ hours) with the addition of part-time learning, leading to an accredited qualification

How to support your child?

  • Encourage them to find out as much as they can about their options,
  • Discuss with your teenager the options information they receive
  • Help them to identify their interests and abilities
  • Check the dates of options events and open evenings
  • Encourage them to consider the consequences of their choices
  • Support their decision
  • Encourage them to make a backup plan

Useful websites for year 11 students:

An online careers platform that will help you identify your strengths and interests to support possible career options.

Local up-to-date careers information and local events.

Year 7
  • Introduction to self / Strengths
  • Real Game To introduce the students to the world of work, to raise their aspirations but also give them an understanding of the cost of life and implications of future decisions.
  • Careers Assembly x 2
  • Setting goals
  • External FE/HE/Employer events dependent on interest, availability, timings and target students
Year 8
  • Introduction to ‘Careers’ & job families and dream jobs
  • Job skills and qualities
  • Enterprise Skills
  • Action Planning
  • Introduction to Option Choices
  • 1:1 Option guidance interviews
  • Introduction to finances
  • External FE/HE/Employer events dependent on interest, availability, timings and target students
Year 9
  • Job Skills
  • Stereotypes
  • Introduction to post 16 options
  • Creating a good impression
  • Labour Market information
  • STEM opportunities
  • Transferable skills / soft skills
  • Careers fair
  • External FE/HE/Employer events dependent on interest, availability, timings and target students
Year 10
  • Creating a good impression
  • Enterprise skills
  • CV and application writing
  • Post 16 options / pathways
  • Transferable skills
  • Interview skills
  • Finance / budgeting
  • Apprenticeships
  • Careers fair
  • Year 10 Careers day
  • Mock interviews with employers
  • External FE/HE/Employer events dependent on interest, availability, timings and target students
Year 11
  • Post 16 options assembly
  • How to apply for post 16 options
  • Personal statement writing
  • CV and application writing
  • Employability and what this means
  • Interview skills
  • Budgets & Finance
  • Personal branding and how to network
  • Apprenticeships
  • How to use your network
  • Careers fair
  • External FE/HE/Employer events dependent on interest, availability, timings and target students

Useful Websites

BYA Careers Learning Journey

The information on this page is reviewed annually. The date of the next review is 30th September 2024.