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Intent: Our careers provision aims to empower all Coundon Court students to make confident, impartial, and informed choices about their future career options. Regardless of background, our approach focuses on providing purpose, direction, and opportunities to all our students. Enabling them to flourish as individuals, become highly employable, and achieve personal and economic wellbeing throughout their lives in modern Britain.

Implementation: Students will follow a stable careers programme built into their tutor time.  Each half term, students will participate in 5 30-minute sessions dedicated to careers and character education.  These programmes will explore themes including:

  • Character education – development of character traits (leadership, organisation, resilience, initiative, communication) and their place in the world of work
  • Options and Transition – exploring GCSE options (Year 9), sixth form, college and apprentice applications (Year 11), UCAS and apprenticeship applications (Year 13)
  • Pathways - understanding the range of pathways including further education (FE), higher education (HE) and apprenticeships
  • Job sectors and LMI – identifying popular, growing and changing job sectors and how to use Labour Market Information (LMI)
  • Types of employment – examining and reflecting on the pros and cons of part-time, full-time, flexi-hours, jobs for young adults and training in the workplace
  • World of Work – understanding the difference between minimum wage and living wage, unions, and protected characteristics
  • Careers and Professions – exploring a range of careers and apprenticeships across job sectors e.g., the services, forces etc.
  • Volunteering – reflecting on the value of service for others, the opportunities available in school and beyond, and how this can be beneficial in applications

Super-learning days, trips and visiting speakers also form part of our wider provision to ensure students have encounters with a range of employers during their careers journey in Coundon.

Impact: Coundon Court measures and assesses the impact of its careers programme through student surveys, destination data, Unifrog Charts, and the COMPASS+ tool each term to reflect on progress towards the Gatsby benchmarks (see page 3). We provide parents the opportunity to feedback on the programme and obtain employer feedback after all employer engagement activities.

Gatsby Benchmark

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from careers and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  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

Character Education

It is the Greek philosopher, Aristotle, who said, “We are what we frequently do”.

At Coundon Court, we regularly encourage students to promote positive attributes we believe will support them throughout their Coundon journey and into the world of work. The five attributes include:

Leadership • Organisation • Resilience • Initiative • Communication

Students are taught each attribute through the Careers and Character Education programme delivered during tutor time. Through a spiral curriculum, students return to examine how these attributes can be demonstrated by successful individuals (Year 8 Extraordinary Women), how they are useful in our GSCEs (Year 9 LORIC: Skills in GCSE) and how they are utilized in wider society (Year 10 LORIC: Skills for Life).

Students are encouraged not only to learn about these attributes, but to practice and develop them in their day-to-day activities in school and in the wider community.

  How are these demonstrated?

Being a good example and role model for others

Monitoring and regulating emotions

Encouraging others to try their best, and praising them when they have


Bringing the correct equipment to school, including full pencil case

Wearing the correct uniform, including bringing the correct PE kit

Being punctual to school, and to all lessons


Setting achievable goals, and pursuing them

Learning from mistakes, including those in relationships such as friendships, peers etc.

Recognizing errors, identifying how to improve and engaging in activities which will achieve it


Going ‘beyond the curriculum’ by researching and sharing an area of study they enjoy

Participating in co-curricular clubs and pursuing new experiences

Volunteering to support in charity events, and recognizing the value in service to others

Being a form representative/ subject ambassador – sharing ideas to make improvements


Using positive and respectful language towards peers, staff and visitors

Challenging themselves to engage in dialogue, making contributions to class discussion and being coherent in debate

Using body language and facial expressions to communicate positively with others

Careers and Character Education

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Careers Documents

Document Title Date  
Apprenticeship levels explained 21st Dec 2022 Download
Careers Pathways 21st Dec 2022 Download
Finding the best apprenticeship for you 21st Dec 2022 Download
National Apprenticeship Subject Posters 21st Dec 2022 Download
Student Apprenticeship Guide 21st Dec 2022 Download
What are T Levels 1 21st Dec 2022 Download
What are Traineeships 21st Dec 2022 Download
What is a degree apprenticeship 21st Dec 2022 Download
What is an apprenticeship 21st Dec 2022 Download
What is the Baker Clause 21st Dec 2022 Download
Forces Apprenticeship Royal Navy 27th Feb 2023 Download
Forces Apprentieship Army 27th Feb 2023 Download
Find LGBT Inclusive Employer 27th Feb 2023 Download
Forces Apprenticeship RAF 27th Feb 2023 Download
Coventry Careers Hub Future You Guide 14 18 13th May 2024 Download