Careers / Work Related Learning

Careers / Work Related Learning

Careers at Ridgeway.

Career Lead:  Mrs H Dixon

At Ridgeway, careers information, advice and guidance is interwoven into the curriculum in all years from 7 -13.  The majority of careers education is delivered through the comprehensive mentoring programmes, which are supplemented by several Immersion Days throughout the year.  All students also have access to Unifrog ‘the complete destinations platform’ for career research and career skills development. The Careers Lead for the school works closely with the Careers & Enterprise Company and the Enterprise Advisor in order to provide employer contact and opportunities to experience the workplace and wider world of work.  In addition, students are able to access events and study days provided by local universities.  All activities are intended to give our students a broad and impartial exposure to careers and encourage them to have high aspirations in accordance with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

Students also have access to an independent careers guidance counsellor.  More about Polly can be found at …..
Polly Wiggins Careers & Coaching: or visit her website at



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.


Employability Website

Within this site you will find lots of free training and resources to help you build your skills and succeed in your future career.You can find accredited, video-based training modules on key topics such as leadership, communication and resilience. These are written by specialists and feature interactive quizzing and top tips from companies such as Facebook, Disney and L’Oréal.

There are also lots of great interviews with employers and universities so you can hear about the latest apprenticeship and higher education opportunities available to you.  We firmly believe that this site is a fantastic tool to help you develop your skills and build bright futures for yourselves so make sure you browse the free resources available to you!

To access the website please click here


Further Information:

To view our Careers Provider Access Policy please click here

Careers Strategy for The Ridgeway School & Sixth Form College, please click here

To view school’s learning Journey poster, please click here


The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are:

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).

Useful links for subject embedded careers work are listed below:

General helpful resources:

General labour market information: (includes both career and labour market information)

General career related information: (includes both career and labour market information)


Subject Specific Websites





Religious Studies/Education


Art & Design


Design and Technology urce-toolkits


Drama & Performing


Business Studies & Economics e-pack-schools

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Citizenship & PSHE



The White Horse Federation

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The White Horse Federation