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Dorchester Learning Centre

Careers Programme



DLC Careers Leader is: Matthew Farnham. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 01305 261213


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Aims of the programme:


Following the Ofsted inspection in February 2019 the following area for development was identified:


‘More is done to raise pupils’ aspirations further and to prepare them for their next steps in education or employment.’


As a result, a careers programme has been set up to ensure that the school falls in line with the expectation of current guidelines. Within this programme we aim to work towards the Gatsby Benchmarks set out by Lord Sainsbury in 2014 and the government’s new Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, and statutory guidance for school leaders and school staff, published in January 2018, which set out the plan for building a high-quality careers system that will help all young people to achieve.


The Gatsby Benchmarks have a key role in:


  • raising young people’s aspirations and promoting access to all career pathways
  • enabling all young people to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career wellbeing, including adaptability and resilience
  • underpinning the Department for Education guidance to schools on meeting their statutory responsibility for careers guidance.


Pupil Entitlement:


All pupils Yr 7 - Yr 13 are entitled to:


  • Access and inclusion in a stable careers programme providing information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point, including opportunity to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities.
  • To meet and listen to a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education & apprenticeships – this may be via events organised in school, FE/ HE visits, assemblies, group discussions and taster events.


Careers Guidance:


  • Careers Guidance will focus on the specific needs of each individual student, promoting self-awareness and personal development. Each student will receive current and relevant information to enable informed decisions and future choices. All information will be delivered by qualified professionals, impartially and differentiated to suite specific needs.  Each student will also have access to confidential, personalised careers guidance.
  • The Dorchester Learning Centre Careers Programme will promote the following to all students:
  • Self-development through employability and enterprise education – planning & managing own future
  • Raising aspirations and awareness of all available options at each transitional point.
  • Learning about Careers and the world of work
  • Developing career management, employability and enterprise skills
  • Promoting equality, diversity, social mobility and challenging stereotypes.





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Programme of Learning


The next steps for our students are of vital importance and we aim to give every learner the opportunities to explore the wide range of possibilities that are available to them. We aim to offer an aspirational and realistic curriculum that provides students with the knowledge and skills to make life-changing decisions for themselves.


Each learner from Year 7 to Year 11 has access to Unifrog, a destinations platform that provides an in-depth service showing the possibilities open to each person. Each user has a tailored account that is geared towards helping them set goals and the skills with which to achieve them.


Students at DLC all receive discrete weekly lessons in Careers and also receive independent careers advice with a qualified advisor. It is our aim to give our students access to employer encounters, including Work Experience opportunities. They also receive FE encounters and help with their transition from Year 11 to their next destination.


The staff at DLC understand that both the quality of academic learning and pastoral support that our students receive are paramount in providing them with the best chance to succeed. It is our responsibility to inspire and push our students to be the best version of themselves and for each one to have a clear plan when they leave the school.


Please click here for details of the programme of learning for 2021-22;


The Gatsby Benchmarks


 1 A stable careers programme


An embedded programme of careers education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.


2 Learning from career and labour market information 


Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will have the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of the available information.


3 Addressing the needs of each pupil 


Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support should be tailored to the needs of each pupil. The careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.


4 Linking curriculum learning to careers 


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.


5 Encounters with employers and employees 


Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.  This could be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.


6 Experiences of workplaces 


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 to expand their networks.


7 Encounters with further and higher education 


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.


8 Personal guidance 


Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These opportunities should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.