The Education Act 2011 gives schools a duty to secure access to careers guidance for their pupils in Years 9-11. All students at CSS access Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance through their PSHE and Life Skills lessons. We use a range of resources designed to help students to understand their own personal strengths, interests and personality traits, and consequently which jobs and careers would suit them.Careers guidance secured must:

·         be presented in an impartial manner

·         include information on the full range of post-16 education or

          training options, including Apprenticeships and Traineeships

·         promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given


Students are encouraged to research their options widely. Some useful sources of advice online can be found by clicking on the tabs to the right.


Key Stage 3

All Key Stage 3 students are given careers information and guidance through their PSHCE lessons.

Year 9 students complete a unit of work using  “The Real Game” where they select a job from a given list, work out a budget based on their pay, and investigate the potential lifestyle of someone in that job.


Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4 students are assisted in developing Employability Skills through PSHCE lessons.

·         Year 10 complete a unit of work called “Applying for Jobs and

          Courses” which involves creating a CV, writing a letter of application

          and undergoing a Practise Interview with Essex Work Skills.


·         The Year 11 curriculum involves preparing them for the AQA

          “Preparation for Working Life” Short Course exam, which

          develops and builds on their skills in writing a CV, letter

          of application and preparing for a college, apprenticeship or

          job interview.


·         Careers Mentors from the DWP (Department for Work and

          Pensions) work with our year 11 students.


·         Year 10 students all have a Practise Interview with Essex Work Skills

          who provide experienced business men and women to simulate a

          real formal interview, and that students receive feedback from them.


·         We take KS4 students to Taster Days at local colleges.


Connexions Careers Interviews

All Year 11 students undergo an impartial Careers Interview with Connexions. They and their parents receive written feedback and a summary of the interview.


Work Experience

The Government has removed the statutory requirement for Key Stage 4 students to complete at least 2 weeks’ work experience, so we do not currently arrange this for students. We do encourage them to find opportunities to experience the world of work wherever possible, whether through family, friends or part-time employment.