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Dorchester Learning Centre

Careers Programme




In accordance with government guidelines we are limiting our face-to-face contact with external providers. We will endeavour to provide virtual experiences for our students until advised otherwise.



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


   Autumn Term  Spring Term  Summer Term
 Year 7

Individuals & Friendship






Rules & Fairness


Punishments & Sanctions


Rights & Responsibilities


Risky Behaviours


Community Awareness


Global Citizens


World careers


Dream jobs


Discover family job groups


Jobs of the past- Jobs of  the future


Recognise how to develop ‘Soft skills’


Recognise different attitudes/ values and how these can influence them.


Recognise and challenge stereotypical views.


Introduction to Prince’s Trust award.


One Page Profile


Career Planning


Identify sources of careers advice


Give examples of career aspirations


Identify tasks that the career would entail


 Year 7   (additional)


Guest speakers from a variety of settings to provide virtual guidance throughout the year


 Year 8


Learning for Life


Young people & The Law


Crime & Consequences


Global Market and Awareness


One Page profile- Anything changed?


Career Planning


Soft Skills assessment- Change from year 7?


Identify job to apply for


Application forms


Preparing for an interview



Historical Careers


Women in work


Ancient careers


Social Class


Customer Service


Good/Bad customer service


Customer service importance


Examples of good service from recognised companies.


How organisation provides products/services to meet needs.


How can we improve customer service?


Participating in Exercise


Benefits of exercise


Risks of exercise and how to avoid


Research local service providers and what Customer service they provide


Participating in Exercise


Research/Participate/Lead warm-up routine


What went well?


What to improve?


Leading an active life project

 Year 8   (additional)


Guest speakers from a variety of settings to provide virtual guidance throughout the year


 Year 9


Career Planning


1 Page profile- amend if apt


Advantages and disadvantages of chosen career


Research vacancies


Produce a CV


Complete application form


Career Planning


Preparation for interview


What do we need to consider?


Responses to potential questions


Simulated interviews


Areas for improvement


Digital Skills




Positive and negative online behaviour


Password security


Jobs that require digital skills.


Digital Communication tools


Digital Skills


Research project using internet


Present research digitally


Identification of skills that need to be developed

Teamwork Skills


Advantages and disadvantages of working in a team


Roles within teams


Decision making and leadership


Resolving conflict


Teamwork skills


Identify objective of team activity


Feedback and how to give and take constructive criticism


Identify role within team


Participate in activity


Assessment of activity and Teamwork skills

 Year 9   (additional)


Guest speakers from a variety of settings to provide virtual guidance throughout the year


 Year 10


Managing Money


Compare financial services available


Opening a bank account


Borrowing – why do it?


Saving money


Managing Money


Wages and Tax


Where does the money go?


Monthly budget


Financial services and debt collectors


Career Planning


1 page profile


Preparation for interview


What do we need to consider?


Appropriate language and dress code


Responses to potential questions


Questions to ask interviewer


Simulated interviews


Areas for improvement/Improvement from Year 9?


Presentation Skills


When and why we have to do a presentation


Features of good/bad presentations.


Choose an area of interest to present and why.


Identify resources required and way to present


Prepare visual resource to enhance audience understanding


Prepare for potential questions




Respond to questions






Health and Safety in the Workplace


Why H&S?


Identify safe and not safe


The Law and H&S


H&S at DLC


 Year 10   (additional)


Weymouth College (virtual) access day TBC


HE visits TBC


Careers Day details to follow in line with COVID-19 government guidance


 Year 11


Planning for Personal Development


Strengths and areas for improvement


Set SMART targets


Action Plan for SMART targets


What may stop the targets from being met?


Review progress


Receive feedback and constructive criticism from peers.


Career Planning


Preparation for interview


What do we need to consider?


Appropriate language and dress code


Responses to potential questions


Questions to ask interviewer


Simulated interviews


Areas for  improvement/Improvement from Year 10?






Practicing Leadership Skills


Explore effective leaders


Assessment of ‘soft skills’ in view of being a leader


Select an activity to lead.


Peer-assessment and constructive criticism




 Year 11   (additional)


Weymouth College (virtual) access day TBC


HE visits TBC


Careers Day details to follow in line with COVID-19 government guidance




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.