What is Careers Education about?

Careers Education prepares students for the world after school. This includes thinking about how you look after yourself as an adult, how you relate to other people and how you fit into society.

Friesland School aims to help all students fulfil their potential and experience success through an educational environment which responds to individual need and stimulates and challenges each and every student. This includes: Options for study up to age 16, (GCSEs, vocational courses etc.); post-16 options including employment, training, sixth form and college study and entry to a range of jobs and careers. Careers education and guidance is accorded a high priority, in preparing students for the opportunities and challenges of adult and work life.

Careers education is delivered during registration time, through PSHE lessons and through special events and activities.

What can I do?

  1. Develop an Action Plan, which will help you set out what you want to achieve and will act as a checklist of how to get there
  2. It’s always good to keep your CV up to date and as complete as it can be
  3. Look for work experience or other opportunities

Where can I look?

The main online source of impartial, up to date information:
The National Careers Website  https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk

This service is dedicated to helping you get the advice you need to improve skills and to get on in life. It is a helpline offering honest and impartial advice. Here are some of the things you can do:

  • The CV builder is really helpful and easy to use
  • The Skills Health Check tools can help you identify what your strengths are and think about what kind of work is right for you.
  • The Careers Library can give you all sorts of useful information about hundreds of different jobs.
  • And remember, you can create a Lifelong Learning Account to easily store information as you go
  • For Job Research click on Career tools, then Job Profiles. Enter the name of the job you are interested in. You can then see the salary and hours for this job, plus where to go for more research.


Website Advantages Disadvantages
National Careers Service www.direct.gov.uk/NationalCareersService
  • Job Profiles are excellent, including some limited labour market information.
  • Can be searched by group (job families)
  • Telephone/web chat/Facebook Twitter and YouTube links for individual guidance and advice
  • All age site – some of the information is inappropriate or irrelevant for teenagers.
  • Includes a CV builder but as this is an all age site this is not particularly teenager friendly.
  • Skills Health Check is useful, but best used with individuals.
  • It is quite demanding and doesn’t vary according to current level.
National apprenticeship website www.gov.uk/further-education-skills/apprenticeships
  • Lists apprenticeships under industry sector with detail of content. May be of use to subject teachers
  • Has current apprenticeship vacancies – useful to get the local position and compare and contrast other areas of the country.
  • Includes a 20 hour self-development learning pack, with teachers notes. Intended for 16-19 year olds but could perhaps be adapted. Includes 5 one hour teacher led plenary sessions
  • Geographical differences in provision are not immediately clear. (We have virtually nothing in art, music or theatre in Notts/Derbys but there are apprenticeship frameworks in all these areas).
  • Excellent site for young people and teachers
  • Careers website centred on “The Game” – an interactive quiz similar to Kudos, but with more variety in the way the questions are put.
  • Free digital magazine for download
  • Careers and Enterprise roadshows (for staff) from this summer
  • Appears to have strong industrial links, with informative articles on the site.
  • “Educator zone” includes lesson plans including KS4 options, using STEM subjects and using English.
  • Regular newsletter highlighting developments and site content.
  • Can be difficult to find exactly what you are looking for on the site
  • “The Game” sometimes makes quite bizarre suggestions of suitable jobs.
  • Limited number of lesson plans at present.
  • All age careers website but seems to have a greater emphasis on young people than the English equivalent
  • Several lesson plans and accompanying resources
  • Good section on linking subjects to careers.
  • Good section on LMI (labour market information/intelligence
  • Obviously, lacks local information
 CareersBox – careers films on the net www.careersbox.co.uk  

  • Short careers films on occupations divided by occupational area.
  • “Tools for Teachers” area includes general careers information such as a film on interview technique.
  • Regular newsletter
  • Some subject matter is out of date (for example Connexions still features on the site) therefore all would need to be checked before use
  • I wasn’t able to access the “Tools for Teachers” section to check this out.
  • Exercises on
    • Finding a job
    • Getting ahead using people skills
    • Managing money, now and in the future
    • Choosing a direction that’s right for me (including Getting
    • to know yourself, researching what you want to do and
  • understanding culture and different roles)
  • Sequential skills recognition and development exercises.
  • Interview preparation, money management, careers research
  • Section for teachers, including work experience support
  • Difficult to find anything to criticise except that I was unable to preview the exercises without registering.
 Moving On – on-line magazine


  • Articles on occupational areas and employability.
  • Bright and lively format, but by no means patronising.
  • Some unusual articles – eg ‘the adolescent brain’
  • More useful as a source of information than for lesson planning
  • Would need to check each edition for usable information although there is a useful archive section.
 icould – on-line magazine focusing on STEM careers.


  • Wide range of information available, including job search and career information
  • Includes the Buzz test (student version of Myers Briggs)
  • Also has a quiz to find a STEM career “Whose crew are you”
  •  Less attractive format than Moving On
Best course4me website


  • Independent, free and shows the link between what you study, what you earn and the jobs you can get.
  • Contains useful resources including lesson plans, posters and finance guides for teachers and careers advisors. You could also book a careers talk for your school
  • No obvious disadvantages apart from the quantity of information available
  • A new relatively new site but appears to carry a quite a lot of useful information.
  • Looks a bit old fashioned
  • Not particularly easy to find your way around
  • Don’t know if it will be kept up to date.
Other useful websites








Who can help you?

Form Tutors: All year 10 and year 11 students have dedicated careers lessons during PSHE, over the course of several weeks, beginning at the start of the autumn term. All the information and guidance students need to be able to conduct independent research is provided during these lessons

Mrs Summers: is available within school to provide advice and guidance on careers, and help with finding the best resources and information on open days, careers fairs, apprenticeships etc. If she is not available messages can be left in the Library.

Mrs Inight: Work Experience Administrator, is available in school for help with work experience. She is based in the office in the SMT block, near the library. If she is not available, leave a message at reception.

Mrs Allsopp: Librarian, can help with accessing resources in the careers library, as well as online resources. 

Helen Barry School Nurse; at Friesland on Mondays