Careers Guidance

Orsett Heath Academy believes that good Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) connects learning to the future. It motivates young people by giving them a clearer idea of the routes to jobs and careers that they will find engaging and rewarding. Good CEIAG widens pupils’ horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations; and provides pupils with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life.



Through our Careers programme we aim to provide all students with:

  • a stable careers education programme
  • the ability to learn from career and labour market information
  • support which addresses the needs of each pupil
  • the opportunity to meet employers and for work experience
  • experiences of workplaces
  • curriculum links to real-world careers
  • information on all post-16 options (apprenticeships as well as further education)
  • encounters with further and higher education
  • support in CV writing, interview preparation, public speaking and financial awareness.

Our school is committed to achieving The Gatsby Benchmarks through a well-planned careers programme for all students.


Curriculum Overview

The Careers Education programme is delivered both in and outside the classroom environment. The school’s PSHE curriculum includes units of work for all students in Years 7 to 11 which are age-specific and appropriate to the educational stage of students development.

Year 7

Developing skills and aspirations – Careers, teamwork and enterprise skills and raising aspirations. Students will learn:

  • How to be enterprising, including skills of problem-solving, communication, teamwork, leadership, risk-management and creativity
  • About a broad range of careers the abilities and qualities required for different careers about equality of opportunity
  • How to challenge stereotypes, broaden their horizons and how to identify future career aspirations

Year 8

Community and careers – Equality of opportunity in careers and life choices, and different types and patterns of work. Students will learn:

  • About equality of opportunity in life and work
  • How to challenge stereotypes and discrimination in relation to work and pay
  • About employment, self-employment and voluntary work
  • How to set aspirational goals for future careers and challenge expectations that limit choices

Year 9

Setting goals – Learning strengths, career options and goal setting as part of the GCSE options process. Students will learn:

  • About transferable skills, abilities and interests
  • How to demonstrate strengths
  • About different types of employment and career pathways
  • How to manage feelings relating to future employment
  • About GCSE and post-16 options skills for decision making

Employability skills – Learning what employability means and the key skills required. Students will learn:

  • About the core employability skills including listening, speaking, problem solving, creativity, staying positive, aiming high, leadership and teamwork skills


In addition to the PSHE curriculum students will have access to a wide range of experiences which will enhance their understanding of further education and the world of work. These include:

  • Tutor Time careers and review sessions
  • Assemblies
  • Trips and Visits
  • External Visitors and Speakers
  • Focus day events for key transition years – Y7 (Start of Secondary School) Y9 (into GCSE) and Y11 (into KS5)
  • Careers Interviews during KS4 including 1:1 support
  • Subject areas embedding careers into their subject areas
  • Visual Displays around School
  • Mock interviews with local employers


Further to this, all students will have access to a personal Unifrog account.

Unifrog is the complete destinations platform – a one-stop-shop for students across KS3 and KS4 regardless of their interests. It is a place where students can compare every university course, apprenticeship and FE course in the UK, as well as universities in 30 other countries across the world. This is alongside getting access to labour market information and advice on careers and subjects for all routes.

Students can also use the platform to record and evidence their key activities & competencies and prepare their CVs and personal statements – all in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks. All students will be introduced to this platform in their PSHE lessons in Year 7.

Further details for both students and parents/carers can be found in the OHA Unifrog User Guide


Provider Access

Any provider wishing to request access and to discuss possible attendance at relevant events should contact our Careers Leader/Head of School, Ms S. Rawson – [email protected]


Useful Links

‘The Future is Thurrock’ Film

Talking to your child about their future

National Career Service

i could – careers videos, job information and ideas for your future

Success at School – choose your next steps

Career Companion – careers advice

Find an Apprenticeship – search and apply for an apprenticeship

UCAS – Careers Advice

All About Careers – wide ranging careers information and advice

Start – information on careers (guest user)

University Taster Days – guidance videos

CareerMag – career information and qualification guidance

Career Pilot – career information and tools

Thurrock Opportunities – support and guidance

Please note: Orsett Heath Academy is not responsible for the content of external websites.


Labour Market Information

National Careers Service – East of England Labour Market Information

Nomis – Thurrock Labour Market Information

LMI for All – Search specific jobs to find out about current Labour Market Information