We recognise the importance of effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for young people and we expect all our students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We aim to inspire every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work to help them understand where different choices can take them in the future and we wish to ensure that our students are not restricted by circumstances or location from becoming self-confident, well-educated and enterprising individuals. We work hard across the school in all our lessons and form periods to prevent all forms of stereotyping to ensure that boys and girls from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers including those that are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes.

We set high expectations, including for the most vulnerable and those with special educational needs and disabilities, so that every student is stretched and acquires the attributes that employers value. This will help every young person to realise their potential and so increase economic competitiveness and support social mobility.

We measure our success by our students’ destinations and this will be reflected in higher numbers progressing to apprenticeships, universities – including selective universities, traineeships, and other positive destinations such as employment or a further education college. This will help to close the gap in destinations between young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and others.

Our city location provides us with the opportunity to make sustained contacts with employers, mentors and coaches who can inspire students with a sense of what they can achieve and help them understand how to make this a reality.

Our strategy is set within a clear framework linked to outcomes for students rather than an ad-hoc set of activities and it reflects the school’s ethos and meet the needs of all our students. Our strategy will grow with the school as we take in more students and the age profile of the school changes.

We provide access to a range of activities that inspire young people, including employer talks, careers fairs, motivational speakers, college and university visits, coaches and mentors. We are supported by a professionally qualified CEIAG Coordinator/Careers Adviser, who can help provide students with dedicated careers education sessions and independent and impartial advice and guidance regarding their career decisions.

Every student in Year 8 has had contact with a Targeted Support Careers Adviser either in a group work or in a 1-1 capacity.

Individual Meetings 1-1’s
Many students have been seen on a 1-1 basis helping students explore any ideas further, discuss areas of concern which could be a barrier to their success in school discussing any career Ideas they may have, but also linking any interests or subjects they enjoy or are good at to possible careers.

Vulnerable groups were identified on basis of attendance, behaviour, effort and these students had tailor made group work sessions and 1-1 meetings:

  • For poor attenders – Discussion showing how poor attendance links to poor outcomes and barriers for achievement, impact on grades, references and employability.
  • For those with Behaviour issues– Group discussion showing importance of following rules in school, rules in work place. Importance of references for 6th forms, colleges, apprenticeships and employment and how being an honest and trustworthy person is important to employers and in life.

These sessions have been developed and led by a Targeted Support Careers Adviser.

4 session carousel careers group work programme.

Group Work: Year 7 Year 8
Session 1 Thinking about your Future Task:
Why it is important to start thinking about Careers now. Linking the importance of school to the real world.
Thinking about your Future Task:
Development of the Year 7 work developing on areas of students’ strengths and interests in school.
Session 2 Icould.com
Get students to use the icould.com Buzz test to answer questions about themselves, their interests, personality traits, current skills to help them come up with different career ideas.
Why research is important to develop career ideas and understand all the pathways available to them.
Session 3 Introducing STEM-
Raising student’s awareness of careers in STEM and understand different skills needed.
Research that Idea
Building on importance of research to guide students to National Careers Service online
Session 4 Find the Perfect Employee Activity
Starting students thinking about skills and qualities that are important to employers and in life.
Find the Perfect Employee Activity
Starting students thinking about skills and qualities that are important to employers and in life.
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.

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 best use of available information.

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.

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

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.

Every student 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.

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.

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career 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.

  • Dedicated 1-2-1 careers appointments for all students in Year 9, to help them explore the career implications of their GCSE options choices.
  • Dedicated 1-2-1 careers appointments for all students in Year 10, to help them explore the different options available to them at post-16 and to get them thinking about potential career pathways after they have finished school.
  • 1-2-1 and small group sessions with Y7 and Y8 students to help them to start exploring how their skills and interests might link to particular subjects they could study or jobs they could do in the future.
  • Targeted group sessions with students to focus on career-related school issues, such as behaviour, attendance and motivation.
  • Careers education sessions for students in all year groups, focusing on topics like Self-Awareness, Labour Market Information, ‘Jobs of the Future’, Making Career Decisions, Writing a CV/Job Application, Preparing for Interviews, Understanding Apprenticeships and much more!
  • Whole-school Careers Fair with the opportunity for students to meet and ask questions to over 30 different employers, colleges, universities, training and apprenticeship providers from around the local area and beyond!
  • Joined-up careers support between the Careers and Inclusion/SEND teams to ensure that all vulnerable students have a better understanding of their aspirations and options for the future.
  • Support from the Careers team at ENGAGE evenings, so that parents can ask questions about their child’s future options.
  • Weekly careers newsletter, ‘Next Steps @ TRGA’, which focuses on highlighting a different career area each week and provides students and parents with up-to-date information about careers events and post-16 options around the city of Leeds.
  • Small and large group trips to and from local employers, colleges, universities and apprenticeship/training providers, to give students the chance to find out more about different education and employment pathways available to them around the city.
  • Enterprise competitions to help students develop valuable soft skills that employers need, such as Teamwork, Communication, Project Management, Commercial Awareness and Creativity.
  • Curriculum-related careers events and sessions, delivered by the Careers Adviser, local colleges and employers to show students how their school subjects link to future opportunities.
  • Mentoring projects delivered in partnership with Elliott Hudson College and other local colleges, to give students a flavour of how older students got to where they are today and to encourage self-motivation, positive behaviour and hard work.

If there is anything else you think we should be delivering as a Careers team to help prepare our students for the future, please let us know!

All of the staff at The Ruth Gorse Academy play a large part in preparing our students for the future but we also have a dedicated Careers team that help to provide students with specialist knowledge, advice and guidance to answer any and all careers-related questions – our Careers team are:

Head of Careers / Assistant Principal:
Mr. Moncur
(Mr. Moncur’s office is in Room 141)
If you want to book a Careers Appointment with the Careers Adviser (Mr. Webb), please come and see Mr. Moncur first.

Careers Adviser / CEIAG Coordinator:
Mr. Webb
(Mr. Webb is in school every day in Room 203)
For anything careers-related, come and speak to Mr. Webb or book an appointment by speaking to Mr. Moncur.

  • Providing information about different career pathways and the world of work.
  • Providing impartial advice and guidance to help you explore and decide on future career routes, including sixth form, college, apprenticeships, university and work.
  • Having 1-2-1 meetings with students to talk about school, work, day-to-day life and the future.
  • Running group workshops to help students learn about their skills, produce a CV, prepare for a job interview, apply for college/apprenticeships and much, much more!
What are ‘Soft Skills’? – ‘Soft Skills’ are different to the skills that you might learn for a specific job, like operating machinery, using computer software or learning how to treat a broken arm – ‘Soft Skills’ are not taught or learned but developed over time and are really important for helping you prepare for the future. Some examples of ‘Soft Skills’ are:

  • Communicating well with others
  • Project Management
  • Confidence
  • Teamwork
  • Leadership
  • Creativity
  • Planning and Organisation
  • Time Management
  • Presentation
  • Managing conflict with other people
  • Self-motivation and hard work
  • Building positive relationships
  • Negotiation and compromise

As the world of work changes and new jobs appear all the time, qualifications will still be important but developing ‘Soft Skills’ will also be vital to succeed in the future! The World Economic Forum ‘Future of Jobs’ report suggests that emotional intelligence (working well with and understanding other people), creativity and people management will be among the top skills needed for most jobs by 2020! (https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2017/02/employers-are-going-soft-the-skills-companies-are-looking-for/)

How can I get these ‘Soft Skills’? –  Recent research from The Prince’s Trust and HSBC has found that many young people feel unprepared for entering the world of work after leaving school due to not spending enough time on developing their ‘Soft Skills’ through school or part-time work (http://www.sec-ed.co.uk/news/princes-trust-report-urges-us-to-focus-on-soft-skills/)

Here at The Ruth Gorse Academy, we help our students to develop their ‘Soft Skills’ in a variety of different ways, including:

  • Careers education sessions to help boost self-awareness and motivation.
  • Enterprise projects and competitions to provide opportunities to develop teamwork, communication, creativity and project management skills.
  • The TRGA Student Ambassador scheme, to give students a chance to take on a position of responsibility and enhance their confidence and presentation skills.
  • Extra-Curricular sessions after school to help build positive relationships with staff and other students around the school.
  • Positive Discipline (PD) system to encourage and reward hard work and self-motivation.
Learning more about post-16 options, career pathways and the job market is not just for students – Mr. Webb, the school Careers Adviser, will be available at various ENGAGE and parent’s evenings over the course of the year to speak with parents about their child’s career interests and aspirations and he is also contactable anytime on the following email address:

If you are a parent and would like to find out more about the careers-related support and activities available for your child at The Ruth Gorse Academy, then please get in touch with Mr. Webb, or check out the link below for lots of useful information, advice and guidance from the Parental Guidance website!

Parental Guidance Website
As a school, we have a statutory commitment to uphold the Education Act 1997 and the recent Technical and Further Education Act 2017, which involves adhering to the Baker Clause that came into force on 2nd January 2018 (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/technical-education-and-apprenticeships-raising-awareness)

The policy statement from the school (CLICK HERE TO VIEW) explains how providers of technical education, such as alternative 14-16 providers, Further Education colleges and apprenticeship providers can apply for access to speak with our students in Years 8-11 about the various education and training options available to them at 14-16 and post-16, including details of suitable access points within our school calendar and the lead contact at the school who can help to facilitate this.

As a starting point, please contact our Careers Coordinator, Chris Webb, on the following details if you have an interest in working with or coming in to speak with our students about any of the opportunities you may be able to provide to them in the future:


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