Career Starter

Curriculum Essentials

Our trusted foundation of bite-sized assembly, tutorial and classroom careers resources for every student in every year group, all mapped to Gatsby benchmarks.

Our programme

Starting strong

Our structured, Career Starter activities will provide your school with a trusted foundation of careers guidance, all mapped against Gatsby Benchmarks and our own learning outcomes, that will help prepare your students for the world of work.

All of our content is sequenced for each year group, ensuring that every student has the information, resources, and inspiration required for each stage of their education journey.

From exploring and introducing skills in Year 7, through to industry insights and apprenticeships in Years 11 and 12, we offer every student 10 or more careers interventions per academic year.

“The resources offer new perspectives and showcase subjects in a way that is ‘not the norm’, challenging stereotypes.”

Kate Forrest
Assistant Head, West Derby School

Our free resources

Assemblies

Our assembly activities enable you to deliver Gatsby Benchmarks 1, 2 and 7 for Good Careers Guidance across each year group of your learners.

Each session lasts approximately 10 minutes and can be easily integrated into your existing assembly timetable.

Through sequenced presentations, learners are given the information, resources, and inspiration to make informed decisions in their journey from education to employment, with content tailored to each year group.

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Tutorials

Our tutorial activities enable you to deliver Gatsby Benchmarks 1, 3 and 7 for Good Careers Guidance to small groups of your learners.

We provide a range of expert-produced resources on career pathways for your staff to deliver in 20 minutes sessions during pastoral or tutor time. Our tutorial resources are tailored to each year group, ensuring that your learners have the information, resources, and inspiration required for each stage of their journey from education to rewarding employment.

This session introduces students to the concept of the labour market, its changing nature on a national and local level, and the impact of these changes on opportunities for young people in the future.

Learning from Labour Market Information (LMI). Learning objectives:

  • to be able to describe three facts about your local labour market
  • to be able to describe two facts about the national labour market
  • to understand how the labour market is changing and be able to give one fact about how jobs may change in the future
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This tutorial expands on the assembly on skills, supporting students’ understanding in why skills are important and building their confidence by demonstrating how they are already building skills in their daily life.

Aim: for students to understand how they are already developing skills that they will use in the world of work
  • recognise key employability skills 
  • understand how they are developing these skills through school
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This session explores the different progression routes that are available to students post GCSE including apprenticeships and T-Levels.

Aim: by the end of this session, students will have an understanding as to the 3 different pathways that are available to them, the importance of researching the career(s) they are interested in and which pathway(s) will enable them to enter that career:
  • Understand the different progression routes available to them after their GCSEs.
  • Understand the importance of researching the career they are interested in, the routes available to this career and the grades they will need.
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This session builds on the Year 9 assembly, Your Choices, and provides more depth on GSCE option choices and careers.

Aim: To deepen students knowledge and understanding of what to consider/explore when choosing their GCSE options and what careers their chosen subjects could lead to.  
 
Students will be able to: 
  • Explore their strengths and interests and identify subjects linked to this.
  • Understand the importance of researching what careers their GCSE option choices could lead to.
  • Explore some of the subjects and grades required for certain job roles. 
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This session is a refresher from the Year 10 assembly, Exploring Careers, and provides more depth on Priority Sectors.

Aim: By the end of this session students will have a greater understanding of the Priority Sectors and examples of the different types of jobs within those sectors.
 
Students will be able to:
  • Understand the key priority sectors and how this can inform future career plans
  • Explored some of the different careers within some of these sectors
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This tutorial is 1 of 2 for Year 11 students. Tutorial 1 looks specifically at vocational and academic pathways that students can follow after GCSEs. It is designed to test their knowledge and critically think about which path is best for them.

Aim: For students to understand the pros and cons of vocational and academic pathways, in order to enable them to make informed decisions about their next steps.
 
Students will be able to:
  • understand the different pathways you can take after GCSEs
  • consider which pathway is best suited to you
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This tutorial is 2 of 2 for Year 11 students. Tutorial 2 looks specifically at occupational pathways that students can follow after GCSEs. It is designed to test their knowledge and critically think about which path is best for them.

Aim: For students to understand the pros and cons of occupational pathways, in order to make an informed decision about their next step.
 
Students will be able to:
  • understand the different pathways you can take after GCSEs
  • consider which pathway is best suited to them
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This session introduces students to advanced and higher apprenticeships.

Aim: By the end of the session students will have a greater understanding of both apprenticeship levels, how they can progress via apprenticeships and typical eligibility requirements of both.
 
Students will be able to:
  • Understand the key attributes of Advanced and Higher apprenticeships.
  • Consider how apprenticeships may feature in their own career planning
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The purpose of this session is to enable students to understand the intricacies of degree apprenticeships and begin to consider how apprenticeships may feature as an option in their own career planning.

Aim: By the end of this session students will have a greater understanding of the detail of degree apprenticeships and be able to utilise this in their decision-making process.
 
Students will be able to:
  • Understand the key attributes of Degree apprenticeships.
  • Consider how apprenticeships may feature in their own career planning
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Careers in the curriculum

Our Careers in the Curriculum activities enable you to deliver Gatsby Benchmarks 1,3, & 4 for Good Careers Guidance to small groups of your students. Research shows that linking the curriculum to careers results in higher educational outcomes, increased attainment and attendance, and an increase in young people pursuing subjects in higher education.

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
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The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open

The aim of these sessions is to help young people connect their learning to the future career aspirations and the world of work. Students will look at how your subject connects to the real world, the skills they are developing, the career pathways, roles and industry sectors.

  • Year 7 – connecting your subject to everyday life and products
  • Year 8 – the skills and knowledge you develop through studying this subject
  • Year 9 – skills and knowledge needed for certain roles and industry sectors
  • Year 10 – qualification routes and career pathways
  • Year 11 – transferable skills and example job roles
  • Year 12/13 – presenting your subject skills to an employer 
Open
‘How to’ guide for Careers Leaders 

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Upskill Me for every student

Upskill Me

We are delighted to be launching a partnership with Upskill Me, a digital portfolio platform for young people to track their skill development and showcase their talents. 

Our Career Starter sessions come built-in to the Upskill Me platform so, as a follow-up activity, you can encourage your students to log their experiences and reflect on what they’ve learnt through taking part in Career Ready activities.

Like our resources, Upskill Me is absolutely free to schools and students. To find out more about adopting Upskill Me in your school, please visit: upskillme.io.

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