Our named Careers’ Leader is Ms. Nazish. She can be contacted on 0121 4643094 or n.nazish@hodgehgs.bham.sch.uk. Ms. Nazish is responsible for the school’s delivery of the careers’ strategy.  

Careers Programme

Our Careers’ Strategy is developed in line with the Gatsby benchmarks. 

‘Learn to Work’, based at Joseph Chamberlain College, support the delivery of our Careers’ Strategy through enabling the provision of a careers’ advisor and work experience. 

Careers is an integrated part of the curriculum. All subject areas make reference to and discuss career opportunities specific to individual areas, as well as exploring the transferable enabling skills which each enables pupils to develop across all year groups. The PSHCE programme plays a key role in supporting the delivery of the Careers’ Strategy. Pupils with SEND are further supported by staff in Learning Support; our school SENCo liaises with our Careers’ Leader, Learn to Work staff and additional outside agencies for pupils as necessary.  The Careers Programme page contains a summary of our careers programme by year, which is also available on this link.

Careers Policies

Measurement and Assessment of the Impact of our Careers Programme on Pupils

The school measures and assess the impact of the schools careers programme in several ways. In PHSCE pupils are given booklet they complete a self assessment page at the start and the end of the topic to show how much the have learned there is also a teacher assessment page at the back of the booklet to say how well they have done at the end of the topic. We also do regular evaluations and pupil voices at the end of events we have planned such as the careers convention, work skills show etc to get an insight of what pupils have taken away from the event. We also analyse destinations data to see targeted pupils (which we thought might become NEET post 16) have all received a place post 16 in education or training. 

Date of Next Review of the Careers Information Published

July 2019


Useful Careers Information for Parents and Carers

The Gatsby Benchmarks  

Benchmark 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 Students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.  

Benchmark 2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information  

Every Student 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  

Benchmark 3: Addressing the Needs of Each Student  

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

Benchmark 4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers  

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

Benchmark 5: Encounters with Employers and Employees  

Every Student 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.  

Benchmark 6: Experiences of Workplaces  

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

Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education  

All Students 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.  

Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance  

Every Student 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 Students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.  


Further Information 

DfE - Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents

DfE - Careers guidance and access for education and training providers 


Additional Useful Careers Sites


National Careers Service


Careers Box


Amazing Apprenticeships


(Reviewed September 2018)