Careers Education & Guidance

At Dormston School we are committed to providing a comprehensive planned programme of careers education for all students in Years 7-11 and information, advice and guidance in partnership with the local authority and external providers/professionals. We are committed to ensuring our students emerge from school with knowledge and character attributes to make informed and realistic decisions whilst maintaining high aspirations.

The school is committed to follow the government’s new Careers Strategy (published January 2018) and aim meet the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by the end of 2020 as per the guidance.  We will use the Compass Audit tool to evaluate our programme’s impact and measure our progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks and use Tracker to improve the quality of provision. The school has become part of the Black Country Careers Hub and will work alongside The CEC to deliver a high quality careers programme for all pupils.

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

Our provision, which will be adapted as needs and opportunities arise, includes:

  • Assemblies
  • Careers Fairs and workshops
  • PSHE Sessions
  • Guest Speakers
  • Tutor Sessions
  • Work Experience
  • One to one independent careers advice and personal guidance
  • Visits to Further and Higher Education Establishments
  • Visits to Employers
  • Celebration of National Careers Week

See downloads below for our current plan.

Links are being constantly maintained and developed further with local Further Education Colleges, Sixth Forms, UTC’s and Universities.  The school has developed a good working relationship with Cambridge University (Girton College) and Oxford University (Oriel College). We also work closely with Dudley EBP, The Black Country LEP and The Youth Education and Training Initiative (YETI). 

Local training providers, employers, Armed Forces, the NHS Trust and the community sector also contribute to the careers programme.


Can you help? Careers Support Required

To support the school’s careers programme we are always looking for professionals to work with us. Are you able to act as a mock interviewer? Can you offer careers talks? Can you offer work experience placements for our Year 10 students in your workplace?

If you would like to be involved please contact Louise Dawes to discuss opportunities for you to join our programme. 01384 816395


Labour Market Information

LMI effectively describes The World of Work – ranging from descriptions of different careers, their entry routes, salaries paid, skills and qualifications needed at national, regional and local levels. Crucially for young people it also cover future demand – What kind of jobs will be in demand after they leave school and what kind of skills will be needed.

Labour market information can be everything from overwhelming and confusing in-depth statistics to hearing about a potential employer starting up near where you live. Learning how to use it can help young people to make informed decisions about their future study and career choices. 

Why is LMI Important to Young People?

“It is vital, in an environment where new industries are emerging and many of the most important jobs of the future don’t yet exist, that individuals have access to high-quality labour market information and earnings data to underpin their choices”. Anne Milton MP

Please refer to our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy (CEIAG) for more details including our Access Provider Statement. This form can be downloaded from the main Careers and Guidance page on our website.




Careers in Year 7

Careers Programme Year 7:

Aim to help pupils to understand more about themselves and build on ‘soft skills’ by encouraging pupils to join some of the many extra-curricular activities on offer at Dormston.

  • All students participate in National Careers Week activities
  • All students participate in our Careers Fair
  • All students attend inspirational assembly (Olympic Gymnast)
  • Selected students participate in a visit to Oxford/Cambridge University
  • Year Strategy Leader supports and has oversight of Year 7 careers programme

Careers in Year 8

Careers Programme in Year 8: Aim to help students learn to recognise and develop personal skills and strengths and how interests and hobbies can support/influence career pathways. Use regional and national Labour Market Information (LMI) to guide students on future jobs and challenge stereotypes in the world of work.

  • PSHE sessions focusing on transferable skills and the changing world of work.
  • All students participate in National Careers Week activities.
  • All students participate in Cross-Curricular Day (supported by external agencies).
  • All students participate in Year 8 Careers Day
  • Year Strategy Leader supports and has oversight of Year 8 careers programme.

Careers in Year 9

Careers Programme: Year 9

Aim to build self-confidence and esteem so that students will be proactive in researching careers and pathways and focus on GCSE option choices to support their goals.

  • PSHE sessions focusing on researching careers using personal skills, strengths and interests and using up-to-date LMI to support
  • All students experience a ‘taster day’ at a local FE college
  • All students participate in National Careers Week activities
  • Selected students receive 1:1 guidance to support with GCSE option choices
  • All students have access to independent, impartial 1:1 careers guidance to support with GCSE option choices
  • Selected girls attend Women In Construction & Motor Vehicle workshop at Local FE College
  • Year Strategy Leader supports and has oversight of Year 9 careers programme

Careers in Year 10

Careers Programme: Year 10

Aim is to focus on employability skills, mock interviews, CV and personal statement writing. Increase employer engagement with curriculum area and participate in a one week work experience placement.

  • PSHE sessions prepare pupils on researching Post 16 options and careers and include talks from local employers, colleges and other external providers
  • All students to complete one week Work Experience
  • All students participate in National Careers Week activities
  • Selected girls attend Women In Construction & Motor Vehicle workshop at Local FE College
  • Lunchtime drop-in sessions to support with Work Experience and Post 16 pathways
  • All students participate in Careers Enrichment Week – includes CV and personal statement writing, mock interviews, employability skills workshops and the opportunity to visit a university/training provider/UTC/employer
  • All students have access to independent, impartial 1:1 careers guidance
  • Year Strategy Leader supports and has oversight of Year 10 careers programme

Careers in Year 11

Careers Programme: Year 11

Aim to ensure students are aware of all pathways open to them Post 16 and that they have the support to make informed and realistic choices about their future.

  • PSHE sessions supporting Post 16 pathways to make informed choices, completing application forms, CVs and personal statements
  • Lunchtime drop-in sessions to support with Post 16 choices and applications
  • All students attend Post 16 Careers Evening in school
  • All students attend Careers Assemblies
  • Selected students to attend Apprenticeship workshops
  • All students have access to independent, impartial 1:1 careers guidance
  • GCSE Strategy Leader oversees Year 11 careers programme

Useful Websites

Useful websites

For general careers advice/guidance:



For Labour Market Information (LMI)/ future jobs):



For Apprenticeships information:



For Traineeships/Training Providers:



For University Technical Colleges:



For University/HE/Degree Apprenticeships:



For Sector specific information: (English & media) (digital media/English)    (hospitality, leisure and tourism) (land-based & environmental) (STEM/technology)  (STEM)  (STEM)   (food & drink industry)  (care)  (construction)  (biology)  (chemistry)   (physics)

Parents and Carers

We work closely with parents and carers to help them support their children to make informed careers choices.  Parents are carers are encouraged to attend careers events and information evenings.

All up-to-date and relevant careers information, including LMI is on our website and will be detailed in our regular newsletters.

Parents and carers are always welcome to contact the Careers Leader, Mrs Louise Dawes, regarding any careers related advice and guidance (

Mrs Nina Bradnick, Careers Administrator, is also available if you require support with Work Experience.


Page Downloads Date  
Labour Market Information and Future Jobs Market 2018 01st May 2018 Download
Access Provider Statement 04th Sep 2018 Download
Apprenticeship Parent Pack December 2018 18th Dec 2018 Download
Dormston School CEIAG Plan 18 19 21st Jan 2019 Download