The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College Learning & Education

Careers Resources


All schools have a statutory responsibility to provide independent and impartial information on students’ full range of options, including university and vocational routes such as apprenticeships.

The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College is committed to using Unifrog to help support its careers education.

Unifrog is ‘the complete destinations platform’ for career research and career skills development. In addition, The Ridgeway School uses Unifrog to help motivate students to work hard towards their goals – thus raising attainment. Unifrog is mapped against the Gatsby Benchmarks and as such helps The Ridgeway School and Sixth Form College deliver Outstanding Careers Guidance in accordance with the new Careers strategy.

Further information

Careers Provider Access Policy Download
Careers Strategy for The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College Download
Learning Journey Download

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks

1. A stable careers programme

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information

Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. they will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information.

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advise and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For examples, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of career paths.

5. Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.

6. Experiences of workplaces

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

7. Encounters with further and higher education

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. this includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

8. Personal guidance:
Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Subject Embedded Careers

Subject embedded careers work is careers-related information and learning delivered through normal subject lessons in schools. It forms an important part of the larger careers work done within a school, which is also made up of explicit careers work (e.g. during PSHE) and careers work through co-curricular activities (e.g. enterprise competitions).

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