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The Orchard School

The Orchard School

Careers Development

Careers Development Programme

Careers Leader:

Martin Wicks
01227 769 220
Careers Link Governor: Cassie Robinson (Parent Governor)

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at The Orchard School

“Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future.” (Good Career Guidance, Gatsby)

At The Orchard School we “encourage and support every student to succeed and become responsible citizens” and good careers education, information, advice and guidance is a key part of this. Careers education will help students to not only understand what skills and qualifications are needed for different careers but also help guide them on their transition through school and into the wider world.

Throughout their time at The Orchard we will develop key employability skills, support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity. We will make students aware of the full academic and technical routes available and help the students to understand their skills and qualities so that students have the necessary knowledge to make successful transitions post 16.

The Orchard School will deliver on “Careers guidance and access for education and training providers” (September 2022) by:

• Ensuring students understand the full range of opportunities open to them

• Ensuring students learn the skills valued in the workplace and gain first-hand experiences of the workplace

• Ensuring students have access to advice and guidance from individuals with the skills and guidance including independent careers advice tailored to their circumstances and needs.

The Orchard School Careers programme adheres to the government’s recommendation of what constitutes good career guidance by following the Gatsby Benchmarks:

Key Stage 4 Careers Education

External Agencies and Partners

To broaden the students’ experience of careers education at The Orchard we work with the following external agencies and partners:

• Kent & Medway Careers Hub

• Careers & Enterprise Company

• Careers Development Institute

• DWP Schools Support Adviser

• DWP Disability Advisers

• The Education People

• Various local Post 16 Education and Training Providers

Useful Documents

Provider Access Policy

Compass + Evaluation

Post 16 Options Information Guide

Useful Websites:


Search for different Post 16 options throughout Kent

Apprentice Kent

Search for Apprenticeship options throughout Kent

Kent LMI

Search for Labour Market Information local to you


Government website to search for Apprenticeships nationwide.

National Careers Service

Government website where you can look at different job profiles, assess your skills and see what job matches your skill set or use the telephone number of webchat facility to talk to a careers adviser.