Statutory Requirements:

Schools must have a Policy Statement that outlines how education and training providers will be given access to pupils in years 8 to 13.

Section 42A of the Education Act 1997 requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 (12-13 year olds) to year 13 (17-18 year olds).

The independent careers guidance provided:

  • Is presented in an impartial manner, showing no bias or favouritism towards a particular institution, education or work option
  • Includes information on the range of options
  • Is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.

The career’s strategy sets out that every school needs a Careers Leader who has the skills and commitment, and backing from their senior leadership team, to deliver the careers programme across all eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

Pupil Entitlement:

All pupils in years 7-14 at Oak Wood school are entitled to:

  • Find out about education opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point
  • Hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, through options events, group discussions and taster events
  • Understand how to make applications for courses

Management of provider access requests

A provider wishing to request access should contact the 14-19 Phase Lead, David Mills, to identify the most appropriate opportunities to meet with pupils and/or their parents/carers.

Opportunities for access:

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers.

Careers Curriculum

The vocational curriculum 14-19 offers:

Floristry & Retail

Hair & Beauty

Outdoor Learning

Multi Skills

Hospitality & Catering


Media & Computing

Duke of Edinburgh

Ongoing across all year groups:

  • Development of self-awareness and confidence through PSHE
  • Financial planning through PSHE curriculum
  • College links, including visits
  • Internal and external work experience opportunities
  • Pathways group with longer work experience placements and targeted Employability Qualifications
  • Vocational opportunities
  • Transition event held within school for parents/carers and pupils – Autumn term
  • Class based opportunities – employability skills

Premises and Facilities:

Room access will be provided for meetings with the Careers Advisor and any assistive technologies be made available where required.

Andrea O’Brian (Career Seekers Direct) is our Independent Careers Advisor. Please contact via the Secondary School Office. Tel: 02476 740901 email:


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Oak Wood Secondary Safeguarding

Oak Wood Secondary School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all pupils and expects staff and volunteers to share this commitment

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