Careers Advice

GSCE Results Day Thursday 20th August 2020


Careers Inc Support for Students on GSCE Results Day 2020

Careers Inc will be running a telephone helpline and live chat.

The live chat function will be available on for students to contact advisers directly on GCSE results day.

Please see flyer to the left hand side for all the details.

3rd July 2020 – Message from Sheffield College

As we have had to slightly change some of our enrolment plans, the process will now involve an element of online enrolment.

At the beginning of August any students holding an offer at Sheffield College will be sent a link via email to complete their enrolment form online. Once their online enrolment is complete and returned to us, we will check the details and then send a link to book a slot to bring in their exam results from the 20th August.

By now Year 11 students should have received an offer via email, Sheffield progress or text for College.The Sheffield College are currently in the process of calling students who haven’t yet had their interview, so if students haven’t heard from them yet, expect a call in the coming weeks. Thanks Mr Colliver

Sheffield College ‘bridging work’ for Year 11

Documents and activities for students starting courses in September 2020 are available the Sheffield College website here
Students can access materials and tasks for the course they have been offered a place on. For many courses this will form part of the first project they will do when they start in September.

GCSE Results Day

GCSE results day may look different this year. Therefore Sheffield College are offering the following service from the Schools and Community Engagement Team on Thursday 20th August 2020.

  • An email direct to their team that can be given to students/school staff. This email will be constantly checked all day on the 20th August 2020 to deal with any questions:
  • The main college switchboard 0114 2602600 will be able to deal with general enquires

Sheffield College Year 10 Exploring Options

The virtual open day on the website has information about courses and the college. This includes tours round the facilities, to access this click here

Sheffield College are unable to offer the transition event this year, so Year 10s can also access the bridging activities above to see the types of activities they might do on the different courses or by clicking here

Designated Careers Leader

The dedicated careers leader is Mr James Colliver (Associate Assistant Principal – Deep Experience), please contact him in the first instance via if you have any questions regarding careers provision within the Academy. Mr Colliver can also be contacted on 0114 2358134.

Our Academy has strong links with local colleges, apprenticeship providers, employers and other schools in the area to provide our students a range of choices for the end of Y11.

The Careers Education, Advice, Information and Guidance Policy can be found at

Careers Overview

The careers education and guidance programme at Outwood Academy City seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work.
We are currently working with the following providers:

HeppSY+ is part of a national programme funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) to support young people most at risk of missing out on higher education. They work with Year 9 to Year 11 students who live in designated wards in the area where participation in Higher Education is lower than would be expected based on GCSE result.

HeppSY+ provides valuable opportunities for our students, enabling them to access more Higher Education Providers. Through this partnership students are able to gain advice and guidance from successful universities, as well as visiting and exploring these universities at taster events and tours. Our students are provided with the opportunity to experience the heppSY+ mobile classroom where they can develop their knowledge of higher education.

HeppSY data sharing update: As part of our on-going work with HeppSY, we have updated our privacy notice to include HeppSY and will therefore be sharing your child’s data with them if and when it is appropriate. Please click here to read the attached ‘Privacy Notice for Secondary Pupils, Parents/Carers’ which details this further.

Careers Inc is an external, independent and impartial careers guidance service who will support you to aim high in your career goals and aspirations.

As a student at Outwood Academy City you are entitled to a careers education and guidance programme which:

  • is personal to you and always puts your interests first
  • motivates and inspires you to consider all opportunities both within and outside Outwood Academy City
  • helps you to gain the skills you need to make your career ambitions a reality
  • provides the support you need to be successful
  • helps you access any additional support you might need
  • is delivered by trained and qualified teachers and advisers, with up-to-date knowledge and understanding of career pathways and local labour market information
  • protects and respects your personal information and shares it only with your consent

Together with staff from Careers Inc we will support your career development in a number of ways, including:

  • information and discussion in lessons and assemblies to help you make decisions about your future
  • activities and events such as careers fairs
  • access to career advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions, learning pathway planning and results days
  • careers information and IT based careers programmes
  • information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and websites

Building My Skills

Building My Skills (BMS) is a year-long employability programme which provides Year 10 students with a rounded introduction to the world of work. All students receive five 40 minute long employability guidance sessions, each delivered by a different business guest from a range of sectors. Each provides an insight into their sector and career path and shares transferable employability skills.

Careers Advisor Colleagues 2019-2020

  • Paula Thompson (Careers Inc)
  • James Colliver (Careers Lead)

Careers Drop-In

Sessions are available for all years. To arrange drop-in sessions with a Careers Inc advisor see Mr Colliver, or the Careers Advisor. During these sessions, students can go along and get support and guidance for career prospects, completing UCAS applications and CVs, and finding courses and apprenticeships.

Prospects Quality Award

We are currently working towards renewing our Prospects Quality Award for Careers Education and Guidance, which we first received in July 2016 . This award recognises the strengths within the Careers Education and Guidance which students at the academy receive.


Useful Links

For more information relating to careers as well as provider access, please see our CEIAG and Provider Access Policies by clicking here...

Careers Programme 2019-2020

Careers Leader: James Colliver (Associate Assistant Principal) 0114 2358120


Outwood Academy City’s Careers Programme is committed to developing a whole school approach to providing all students with up-to-date, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as defined by the CDI framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Our guidance and support aims to guarantee students have clear, aspirational and realistic goals for their future study. This it turn secures increased motivation towards studies, higher self-esteem, greater attainment at GCSE, and ever improving staying on rates at college, leading to all our learners securing meaningful and engaging employment.

We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to secure placements for our students and seek to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and the country, require. The development of the workplace skills will increasingly be supported by our curriculum and specific events, and we are have introduced employer engagement sessions within curriculum subjects.

Through our Careers Programme young people will secure:

1. Encounters with employers, with workplaces and with further and higher education
2. Information about jobs and how the curriculum connects careers
3. A plan tailored to individual needs and supported by guidance
We are committed to the vision laid out in the DfE January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that:

  • our academy has begun to offer every young person at least one meaningful encounter with employers per year, from Years 7 to 11
  • our academy has appointed a named person to the role of Careers Leader
  • our academy has published details of its careers programme so that parents can see the timetable for events (this document)
  • our academy has begun using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, aiming to ensure that all of them are met by the end of December 2020

What we have published online (*included within this section)

  • Our ‘Access to Providers’ Policy (see foot of this page)
  • the name, email address and telephone number of our Careers Leader*
  • a summary of the careers programme, including details of how students, parents, teachers and employers may access information about careers*
  • how the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on students*
  • the date of the school’s next review of the information published*

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance to be in place by 2020

1. A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

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

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.

5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, in particular within curriculum lessons, at least one per year.

6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student will 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.

7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students will 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

8. Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Careers Programme

CEIAG Assemblies
Each term all year groups have a minimum of one CEIAG assembly. Term 1 is an introduction to CareersInc, our impartial, external careers advisors, and what they offer. Term 2 is an aspirational assembly led by our careers coordinator and in Term 3 there is a further education/higher education focus. There are several other assemblies that run throughout the year led by various external providers for various year groups with a focus on aspirations, further and higher education, careers and professions.

Careers Lunchtime Drop-Ins
Each month we have a scheduled lunchtime where local Post-16 and Apprenticeship providers are able to set up information stands and talk to students across all year groups.

CareersInc, our commissioned external careers advisors, offer students high quality, independent and impartial careers, education information advice and guidance supporting them to make informed choices about which post-16 courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.

Access to Information About Careers

Students can access careers information in many ways at Outwood Academy City including:

  • Attending an interview in the careers room located within the LRC/Library
  • Drop in sessions with Career Inc are each week during breaks, lunch and at 2.30pm
  • The use of careers software which is available to all students
  • Careers information with subject lessons, coming soon.

Review and Measurement of Impact

We review the success of our careers programme by looking at the destinations of our exiting Year 11 students with a target of 0% NEET (students not in education, employment or training).

Awaiting destination information.

Outwood Academy City Stable Careers Plan

Please see the link below for more information regarding our Stable Careers plan.