Careers Programme 2021-22

Cantell School is committed to providing a programme of CEIAG for all our students. This programme makes a major contribution in preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

A planned, progressive programme of activities supports students in choosing 14-19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow career paths which provide sustained employability throughout their working lives.

Our careers programme has been developed using the Gatsby Benchmarks which provide a framework for provision.

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

More information about these Benchmarks can be found through the link below.

The impact of the careers programme is measured and assessed through destination data, Gatsby Benchmarks and feedback from students, parents, employers, further and higher education establishments, training providers and our Enterprise Adviser.

Aim: Through a stable CEIAG programme students make well informed decisions about their current and future educational choices. They are well prepared for later life and are fully aware of the different employment opportunities that exist. Students choose educational and employment opportunities that are right for them and are empowered, through prior learning and available tools, to research education and employment and continue to make well informed decisions relevant to their current situation and future aspirations.

All students in years 7-11 are provided with the opportunity to:

  • Find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships through options and careers events, assemblies, group discussions and taster events;
  • Understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses, employment with training and apprenticeships.

The Baker Clause

The Baker Clause was introduced to the Technical and Further Education Act to ensure schools allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8-13 with the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.
Schools should:
• act impartially and not show bias to any route
• promote the full range of technical options
• provide a range of opportunities for other education and training providers to talk to all year 8-13 pupil
• ensure pupils are aware of the benefits of apprenticeships, T-levels and other approved technical education qualifications
• use the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks to improve performance
• review provider access arrangements and publish a policy statement on the school website

Please click the following link to our Careers Guidance Policy which sets out access arrangements.

For advice and information regarding GCSE options and post-16 opportunities, including colleges, apprenticeships, employment with training, volunteering, internships, universities and local vacancies, please visit the Access Southampton website by clicking here and The National Careers Service website by clicking here.

The website is reviewed annually with information added in respect of destinations upon receipt of published data from Southampton City Council in January. Our Careers Guidance Policy Statement review date is 22nd Jan 2022. This sets out access arrangements for anyone who would like to contribute to our careers programme.

If you have any questions about Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), or would like to provide us with feedback on our programme, please contact Mr Paterson, Faculty Leader for IAG, Work Related Learning and Alternative Provision (Careers Leader) at

You can subscribe for the careermap magazines on the website (link below).

Year 7: Career aspirations, employability skills, apprenticeships, employment with training, enterprise, academic and vocational courses, possible career paths based on interests using websites and software packages to research opportunities.

Year 8: Career aspirations, employability skills, apprenticeships, employment with training, enterprise, colleges, KS4 options, possible careers paths based on interests and skills using websites and software packages to research opportunities.

Year 9: Career aspirations, employability skills, job specific skills, KS4 options including link to careers, KS5 and further study, colleges, universities, employment with training, apprenticeships, traineeships, enterprise, work experience, the importance of building a profile, possible careers paths based on interests, skills and aptitude using websites and software packages to research opportunities.

Year 10: Career aspirations, employability skills, work experience, apprenticeships, employment with training, traineeships, enterprise, colleges, KS5 options, universities, personal statements, curriculum vitae and cover letters, workplace leadership and student finance, possible careers paths based on interests, skills, aptitude and qualifications required for entry using websites and software packages to research opportunities.

Year 11: College and job applications, career aspirations, employability skills, college and university courses, apprenticeships, employment with training, enterprise, workplace qualifications, traineeships, resilience, university life and opportunities, interview skills and preparation, mock interviews and exam preparation, possible careers paths based on interests, skills, aptitude and qualifications required for entry using websites and software packages to research opportunities.

We work closely with The Careers and Enterprise Company, Solent Local Enterprise Partnership, EBP South, local further education colleges, Southern Universities Network, University of Southampton and Solent University and have an Enterprise Adviser to support with CEIAG provision.

The following websites are used to support CEIAG with information on further and higher education, apprenticeships, careers, curriculum vitae, application letters, interviews and employment vacancies.

Please use the websites below to support your child with decisions about their education and career path choices and to speak to an adviser. Where available a link has been provided to the ofsted report for education institutions and training providers.

Further Education

Training Providers

Higher Education