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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy including arrangements for provider access

Click here to read this policy


Careers Key Terms

Click here for a list of key terms used when discussing careers.


Support For Parents

Please click here to access a Parent and Carers Guide to Careers which has been produced by JP Morgan.


Click here to access the CareerMag for Parents

Click here to access the CareerMag for School Leavers



GCSE Options Support


Picking your GCSE's can feel like a huge decision. There are lots of different factors to take in to account. The following resources will help you to make informed decision when picking subjects to study.


Questions to ask yourself when picking GCSEs:


SACU: an online tool which matches your interests to careers and study pathways.


Success at School Career Zone: tells you all you need to know, study and do to get jobs in different sectors.



Barnet Sixth Form and Colleges Open Days/Evenings



Independent Careers Adviser

It is important that students are given impartial advice from a trained careers advisor. These 1-2-1 careers interviews are available for all students throughout the year.

Students in Year 11, 12 and 13 are scheduled appointments through the pastoral team.

Students not in these year groups who would like a careers interview should complete the above ‘Student Referral Form’.


Careers Resources

Careers resources are available to students of all year groups in Careers Room and also in the library. These resources will help students to make informed choices at each transition point between key stages and information on how to prepare for life outside of education.  


Access Aspiration

Whitefield Sixth Form work with Access Aspiration to provide students in key stage 5 access to employability training and aspirational work placements.

Through working with Access Aspirations students develop their skills, ideas and personal statements. They are provided with routes into work or are introduced to different career options.




Gatsby Benchmarks

The Whitefield School careers team use the Gatsby benchmarks as a framework to get the best careers provision in our school. We use these to evaluate and plan our programme.



Labour Market Information

Labour market information (LMI) can help you make an informed decision about your career.

LMI tells you:

- What jobs and skills employers are looking for

- Which industries are hiring and where they are located

- Where to find employers who are hiring

- What working conditions are like for specific industries

- What education and training you need for specific jobs

- Which job areas are growing in the future and other statistics

Click here to view information about the current Labour Market.

Using careerometer and reading ‘What Do Graduates Do?’ will give you up to date LMI to help you make informed decisions about your career.



What Do Graduates Do?



Apprenticeships combine practical training in a job with study.

As an apprentice you will;

- Work alongside experienced staff

- Gain job-specific skills

- Earn a wage and get holiday pay

- Study towards a related qualification (usually one day a week)


Click here to view The Parents' Guide to National Apprenticeship Week 2022


For more information please visit www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship


The careers and pastoral teams at Whitefield work closely together to ensure that all students are aware of apprenticeships.  Relevant students are highlighted and supported with information and knowledge on how to apply for suitable apprenticeships.


Sixth Form Fayre

All students in years 8, 9, 10 and 11 take part in the sixth form fayre. This is an opportunity for students to spend time in the Key Stage 5 area and experience what life is like in the 6th from. They speak to KS5 teachers to learn about the courses on offer, have a Q & A session with current 6th formers and have a University insight session.


Vocational Courses

Our Key Stage 4 vocational courses have study related careers activities. Examples of the activities include;

- Catering - Armed Forces catering site visit, hotel site visit, mock interviews

- Travel and Tourism - CV workshop and mock interviews

- Health and Social Care - Careers in the NHS workshop, NHS careers exhibition trip

- Active Sport - Careers talk and Q&A with professional football manager



We are always glad to hear from our alumni and welcome you back to school to share your journey with our current students. Please complete the alumni questionnaire here.


For more details please contact Miss Cavanagh (Assistant Headteacher i/c of CEIAG) at lcv@whitefield.barnet.sch.uk.


Providers Access Policy

Business-education collaboration will form an essential part of the post-COVID recovery and to ensure that young people are able to enter the labour market in a strong position, despite challenges from disrupted education. The Skills & Post-16 Education Bill is an opportunity to deliver closer links between businesses and colleges.” Skills for an inclusive economy - CBI/Birkbeck Education and Skills Survey 2021 
Working directly with a school will help your company future proof their recruitment pipeline by equipping young people with the key skills and qualities that employers demand. Moreover, enabling your employees to volunteer with a school is intensely rewarding and can lead to even greater levels of employee engagement and job satisfaction. 
If you are an employer and would like to work with Whitefield School please contact Louise Cavanagh at lcv@whitefield.barnet.sch.uk