The CEIAG programme at St Edmund’s Catholic Academy is guided by the foundations of the National Careers Strategy and underpinned by the recommended The Gatsby Benchmarks. We have used these benchmarks to review and evaluate our current provision. You will find more information on The Gatsby Benchmarks on the Welcome Page.
Careers in the Curriculum
Our careers strategy aims to support teachers to build essential career related skills into the foundations of their teaching. We work closely with Enabling Enterprise to use the Skills Builder framework in PSHE, form time and drop down days as well as during classroom activities. We perform an annual careers audit to ensure that we are developing our provision in line with the recommended Gatsby Benchmarks. We also ensure that we are integrating essential employability skills into the curriculum, which can be used in the context of education, employment and entrepreneurship.
All students must remain in some form of post-16 education, apprenticeship or formal training. The vast majority of our Year 11 students choose to progress into the Sixth Form at St Edmund’s, where the published entry criteria for any of our three post-16 ‘routes of entry’ are achieved. Of those who leave us, most transfer to local colleges and training providers – a growing number take apprenticeships. Of those who leave at 18, most proceed to degree and other higher-level courses, with many gaining places at the top Russell Group universities.