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Careers & Futures

Careers & Futures

Solihull Sixth Form College offers a fantastic pathway to post-16 education. If you would like further information please speak to our Careers Leader here at Cockshut Hill School – Mrs Turton.

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Our Vision



At Cockshut Hill School, we are striving to develop an outstanding careers provision for ALL students which will; raise aspirations, widen exploration of extra-curricular opportunities, to enable students to gain insight to the world of work, equip students with employability skills and foremost strengthening Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for students to succeed in the future.CEIAG programmes influence and contributes to preparing young people to make decisions and manage transitions from learners to workers. We believe it is vital that all 11-16 year olds have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed career choices.




  1. To embed careers across all curriculum areas in ways which is accessible, inspired and innovative.
  2. To provide clear information, advice and guidance which develops personalised careers pathways.
  3. To ensure Cockshut Hill’s curriculum and careers strategy is designed to maximise students’ potential and progression.
  4. To enable all stakeholders to feel empowered, confident and add value.
  5. To provide bespoke careers support to identified groups (i.e. Disadvantaged) and ensure they reach their full potential.


What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?In 2013, Sir John Holman researched what pragmatic actions could improve career guidance and subsequently he developed the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks. “Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future.”He established a set of eight benchmarks that schools can use as a framework for improving their careers provision.

We at Cockshut Hill are working towards meeting all eight Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020, the table below is a self-evaluation taken by Compass (Careers Benchmark Tool) – July 2018; 

No. Gatsby Benchmark National Average% Cockshut Hill School (July 2018) % Cockshut Hill (July 2019) %
1 A stable careers programme 4% 64% 88%
2 Learning from career and labour market information 30% 0% 100%
3 Addressing the needs of each pupil 9% 85% 100%
4 Linking curriculum learning to careers 13% 50% 100%
5 Encounters with employers and employees 37% 100% 100%
6 Experiences of workplaces 39% 100% 100%
7 Encounters with further and higher education 8% 100% 100%
8 Personal guidance 46% 100% 100%




No. Improving Gatsby Benchmark
1 A stable careers programme; A new careers delivery programme is now in place on the schools website, it is approved by the Senior Leadership Team and Governors.  To increase evaluation from all stakeholders – expected outcome 75% (Sept 2018) 100% (Jul 2019)
2 Learning from career and labour market information; To ensure ALL students receive LMI through tutor time/lessons/ASPIRE lessons and it is evidenced, to create promotional material and  implement through National Careers Week – expected outcome 60% (KS3 Mar 2019) 100% (ALL students by Sept 2020)
3 Addressing the needs of each pupil; Careers Team to increase attendance at Parental Engagement evenings, increase resource material in the schools library and careers room, increase promotion of a lunchtime careers drop in for Y9-Y11 and to work alongside all Achievement Leaders identifying aspirations – expected outcome 100% (Jul 2019)
4 Linking curriculum learning to careers; Careers Leader to work alongside Subject Leaders and create ‘Career Champions’ within departments, using National Careers Week effectively and attending STEM Event Big Bang Fair – expected outcome 100%  (Jul 2019)



Our careers programme is differentiated to suit the needs of our students. It is continually evolving – adding new events, assemblies, workshops and opportunities across all year groups. (For further details by year group, see ‘Careers Delivery Programme’ published on the school’s website)  In addition, to enable students to further enhance their knowledge and build on their employability skillset we have a series of ASPIRE ‘career specific’ lessons periodically throughout the academic year.  

In acknowledgement of the statutory requirement, we appointed an external Independent Careers Adviser for ‘personalised’information, advice and guidance and written individual action plans – our main emphasis is for Year 10 and Year 11, however other year groups can use the ‘Lunchtime Drop In service’.

We are also committed in working in partnership with outside agencies (Further Education Colleges and Sixth Forms, Apprenticeship and Training Providers, Universities and Employers)

MEASURING SUCCESS:The Careers Leader will; undertake and assess feedback from all stakeholders on a regular basis, complete COMPASS the careers benchmark tool periodically throughout the academic year, liaise with the Careers & Enterprise Company representative and develop stronger links with our Business Enterprise Partners.




What is labour market information?  LMI for short

  • The number of people in certain job sectors
  • What jobs and skills employers are looking for
  • Which industries are in growth and recruiting and where to find them
  • Declining job sectors and general employment trends

When thinking about your career pathway it is useful to consider what is happening in the labour market.

Why do you need to know about LMI?

The more successful you are in education and the more qualifications you gain, the more jobs you can apply for. 

In the current climate, job markets are very competitive. Most employers and apprenticeship providers want someone who has achieved at least 5 good GCSE grades including English and maths.  It is advisable to check whether you also need science, this is increasingly becoming advantageous.

Would Work Experience help me understand LMI?

Yes! More and more employers consider skills developed through Work Experience are essential. Work Experience is a good start in your career path.

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Review of next published information: September 2019


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