Our Vision

At Marden High School we are committed to providing our students with a Careers Programme which is engaging, inspiring and individualised. Qualifications such as GCSE and A level are changing, and opportunities in higher education extend now beyond the UK to other parts of Europe and further afield. Students need help to make choices and manage transitions: they need good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance.

Our Intent

It is intended that throughout the programme of CEIAG pupils will be provided with information, advice, guidance and practical experiences which will ultimately help them to make positive decisions for their future, as well as encouraging a culture of lifetime learning. We motivate each student to succeed in whatever route they choose beyond compulsory education; higher education, training or employment.

Our Careers Programme

At Marden High School we provide a comprehensive CEIAG programme across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4. The programme of CEIAG is developed at the start of key stage 3, with effective primary- secondary transition. Our school develops a curriculum that is ‘fit for purpose’ and appropriate for the needs of all individuals based on an understanding of the academic and personal strengths of each young person. 

The Careers programme is developed in consideration of the CDI (Career Development Institute) framework and the Gatsby Report’s Benchmarks.  Three key areas of focus are:

  • Self Development– through careers, employability and enterprise education
  • Careers Exploration– learning about careers and the world of work
  • Careers Management– learning how to develop career management and employability skills

CEIAG is ongoing throughout the academic year and is delivered in different formats, including:

  • Lessons delivered as part of the Personal Development Curriculum
  • Super Learning Days
  • Reflection time during registration
  • Workshops and presentations delivered by industry specialist
  • One to One Career Interviews by qualified Careers Advisers
  • Assemblies 
  • Career Fairs
  • Work experience week

Key Stage 3 Curriculum linked to Gatsby Benchmarks and CDI

During year 7 students will have the opportunity to investigate a wide range of careers and look at the skills required for each role. Students will have the opportunity to identify their own skill set and focus on ways to develop their skills further. The 5 R’s, Resilience, Responsibility, Resourceful, Reasoning and Reflective are all key skills which students have the opportunity to develop on a daily basis through classroom lessons and enrichment activities. Links to Gatsby 1 and 4, links to CDI 1, 2 and 4

At year 8 students are introduced to our Connexions Careers Advisors. Each student will participate in a series of workshops run by a trained Careers Advisor, where they will receive information, advice and guidance on a wide range of pathways into FE, HE, Apprenticeships and Careers. They will also return to looking at employability skills and looking at how their personal skill set has developed over the year.. 

Working in partnership with FutureMe, a theater performance entitled Why Care? focuses on the wide range of careers available in the NHS. Links to Gatsby 3,4,5 and 8, links to CDI 4,5,6,10 and 11.

Year 9 is a very important year for students as they start the Guided Choices process. CEIAG plays a large role in helping the students to make choices about what to study at KS4 and think about the pathways open to them once they leave Marden. The year starts with Workshops run by University Ambassadors from NECOP, these focus on looking at the different qualifications needed for a wide range of careers. Students have the opportunity to speak with recent graduates and undergraduates about the different pathways open to them after GCSE’s. Further workshops are delivered by the Connexions advisors, again with a focus on how to decide what to study at KS4 and how the decisions they make can impact their future career choices. The Enact Theatre Group visit the year group to perform Destination Success, a play focusing on what to (and what not to) base their KS4 choices around. 

Later on in the year all students in year 9 participate in Careers Speed Dating. This morning allows students the opportunity to question around 20 different employees and employers about their roles and responsibilities at work. Towards the end of year 9 students start to prepare themselves for Work Experience by taking part in a series of lessons focused around how to find a suitable work experience placement. They also receive advice on how to make contact with prospective employers, writing a personal statement and CV building. Links to Gatsby 3,4,5 and 6, links to CDI, 1,2,3,11,12,14,15,16 and 17


Key Stage 4 Curriculum linked to Gatsby Benchmarks and CDI

KS4 students receive a plethora of CEIAG throughout years 10 and 11. During year 10 the student’s continue their work with the University Ambassadors from NECOP. All students participate in a range of workshops which focus on thinking and planning for the future, learning how to be financially aware and trying out different revision techniques. The Connexions Advisors also run workshops through year 10 for all students, these workshops focus on the different pathways open to the students once they have completed their GCSEs and leave our school. 

At Marden High School we pride ourselves on offering our students the opportunity to complete a week of work experience. Students are encouraged to find their own placements to help build up resilience and responsibility, they receive ongoing support through the process from their form tutors, Year Coordinator and Careers Lead in the run up to their placement. Another integral part of the KS4 CEIAG programme is Mock Interviews. All students have a one to one interview with an employer from businesses throughout the north east. They receive immediate feedback on their performance and are offered advice on how to improve next time they find themselves in an interview situation. Mock interviews are often the first time students have been in an interview situation and we feel the experience is invaluable to them in preparing for their next steps. 

As well as all these opportunities for all students in year 10, there are also many CEIAG focused events which individual students can choose to participate in if they are interested. St Anne’s College Outreach workshop, Arctic Mountaineers, Cambridge Residential and BIMA Digital Day are some examples of enhancement we offer our students. SEND students start their one to one career interviews with one of our Connexions Advisors in year 10, these continue throughout year 11. Links to Gatsby 2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8, links to CDI 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,13,14,15,16 and 17.

By the time students start year 11, we would hope that the CEIAG they have received from lower down school will have supported them in deciding on their pathway once they leave us. To ensure that all students have the information they need to make their next steps, each student will receive an individualised careers interview with our trained Career Advisor. Any student identified as requiring further IAG will receive further interviews throughout the year until they have decided on what they want to do after GCSEs.  Students who are interested in Apprenticeships will participate in a workshop which will support them in identifying and applying for suitable apprenticeships. 

All students will attend a Careers Fair where a mix of FE, HE, Apprenticeships providers and Employers are on hand to speak with students, answering their questions and where appropriate, applying for a place on a course or apprenticeship. Form tutors will continue to offer support to students regarding the pathways open to them.

NECOP works with every student to offer IAG regarding the financial side of FE and HE. The University Ambassadors are able to offer first hand accounts of life as a student and the financial responsibilities that young people need to consider. They also run a workshop focusing on creating a FutureMe. This encourages students to think about their long term goals and start to think about setting targets to ensure they will realise their goals.

As with year 10, students are able to participate in events that interest them, such as the BIMA Digital Day and St Anne’s College Outreach. Links to Gatsby 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 and 8, links to CDI 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,10,11,13,14,15,16 and 17.


Unbiased and Impartial Guidance

The guidance from the DfE places a duty on schools to secure access to unbiased and impartial careers guidance for their students. All of our students will receive an individual careers interview during Key Stage 4, these interviews are conducted by qualified Careers Advisors working for the Connexions service. 

Our Careers Advisor, Helen Bishop, is based in the Careers Hub next to the LRC. If you would like to make an appointment with Helen you can email her at [email protected] or if you are passing the Hub, and she is free, just drop in for some advice and guidance.

We work closely with a range of organisations including: Connexions, Sixth Forms, Colleges, the National Apprenticeship Service and Universities to provide a wide range of information to allow our students to make an informed choice about their future destinations.


Quality assurance and Evaluation

We are currently working towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks and the ‘Inspiring IAG’ Award which is a nationally recognised Quality in Careers Standard award. Through the development of a Careers Programme which fulfills the criteria set out in the above mentioned frameworks, our students will take an active role in developing the skills necessary to excel once they leave Marden High School.

Formal and informal evaluations are carried out throughout the academic year, allowing the school to assess the impact of the careers programme on students.  Views are sought from all stakeholders and the programme evolves year on year to consider the needs of the local, national and global job market.

Our careers programme is also verified via external moderation and independent audits as we work to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks and Quality in Careers Standard award.

  1. Brennan, our Careers Lead,  has recently completed the Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership.

All information, including the Careers Policy is reviewed and updated annually. 


Working alongside Multinational Companies and the local community

Adults in our community are passionate and go the extra mile- their commitment, expertise and knowledge as well as their collaboration with other colleges and universities give our young people some of the best opportunities possible. The enhanced relationships that we have with the local, national and international business community help students and teachers alike to develop life-long skills.  

Marden High School has established a strong working relationship with our Enterprise Advisor, Director of HR for Wave, Jane Austin. Jane is working alongside the school to help strengthen careers guidance at the school, ensuring that the school achieves the eight Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.

Our school embraces the contributions of parents, business professionals and other adults, working in partnership with teachers, to provide inspirational experiences for our students in the classroom, the workplace and the outdoors. We are in the process of creating a database of industry specialists who would be willing to support our students by delivering a short presentation about a specific career.

 If you would like to take an active role in providing our students with an insight into the world of work or would like further detail regarding CEIAG,  please contact Fiona Brennan, email [email protected] or call 0191 2962771. 

Parents/carers have an important role to play in supporting their child with their careers planning, please take the time to visit this page on a regular basis to keep informed of upcoming events. 

Below are links to further information regarding CEIAG and the World of Work which you may find helpful.

Careers Policy 2020/2021

Calendar of upcoming events 

The National Careers Service

The National Apprenticeship Service

How2Become- UK’s Leading Career Specialist