We deliver a Careers programme, which reflects the recommendations of the Gatsby report and the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks:

‘Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them.’

Every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future.

The Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Since 2014 young people are expected to stay in some form of education until they are 18 years old.  Guidance is in place to reduce the number of students nationally who leave school at 16 with no firm plans.  There are 3 options available:

  1. Staying on at school/college to complete A levels or other full time study
  2. Apprenticeship
  3. Attending a part-time college course and working part-time.

The careers support programme at Upper Wharfedale School focuses on encouraging each student to consider a wide range of career pathways and provides the support to make their goals a reality.

We achieve this by offering students timely independent careers guidance and the opportunity to meet a wide range of professionals.  Guest speakers from further education and industry as well as ex-students regularly provide students with an in-sight into the working world.  An independent careers advisor visits school to provide one to one careers interviews and school governors and local employers conduct mock interviews with every Year 10 student.

Contact Us

Your can contact our Careers Leader, Mrs H Mukherjee using the contact us page.

The school governor responsible for Careers is Mr Andrew Dean.

The Personal Social Health and Citizenship Education (PSHCE)

As part of the taught curriculum, students in Key Stage 3 follow the PSHCE programme, which includes units of work that focus on Careers Education.

By the end of Stage 3 all students will have:

  • A better understanding of their strengths, achievements and weaknesses and support to evaluate how these might inform future choices in learning and work.
  • A better understanding of the full range of 14-19 opportunities for progression.
  • An understanding of some of the qualities, attitudes and skills needed for employability.
  • Used online careers resources to research information about opportunities and apply their findings to help to make informed choices for Key Stage 4 Options.
  • Received appropriate advice and guidance on Key Stage 4 options, and prepared an individual learning plan that sets broad learning goals for the 14-19 phase.

By the end of stage 4, all students will have:

  • Enhanced their self-knowledge, career management and employability skills.
  • Used ICT software and other sources of advice to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes.
  • Been given direct access to employers, colleges, Sixth Forms and training providers.
  • Been given guidance to help identify a range of post-16 options and careers advice and support networks that they can use to plan and negotiate their career pathways.
  • Been provided with the resources to complete the post-16 application procedures, including CVs, personal statements, and preparation for interview.
  • Produced a challenging but realistic plan for their future learning and work, by relating their abilities, attributes and achievements to the goals they have set themselves.

Careers outline


Year groupTopics covered
Year 7
  • What are my strengths and preferences, and how can I continue to improve?
  • What would I like to do in the future? What will I need to do if I want to make this happen? Create a Me Map + Use National Careers Service website – Direct Gov.
  • How is a job different to a career?
  • What are the advantages and disadvantages to key questions relating to careers? Plan and present a debate
  • How have I changed since primary school? Reflection.
  • What are my attitudes and experiences towards my new school?
Year 8
  • What job would I like to do in the future, and what would this job involve? Use Start website and iCould website.
  • What is a CV? Create own CV.
  • Research your ideal career – present to the class. Peer feedback.
Year 9
  • What would I like to do in the future, and what subjects, skills and qualities will I need to achieve this goal? With a focus on options subjects + use Start website and iCould website.
  • What options do I have after GCSEs?
  • Research and present information about future career pathway. Explain what you would like to do in the future (after leaving UWS). Where you would like to study this, and what job this could lead to. Peer feedback.

The programme will be evaluated annually by staff and students following completion.

Monitoring of Careers Guidance Provision and measuring impact

Provision is monitored through a range of processes including:

  • Careers activity observations (PSHCE lessons)
  • Feedback discussions with focus groups of students
  • Feedback from parents/carers, teachers and employers as part of the evaluation process
  • Evidence in careers booklets (Years 7-9)
  • Examination of progression routes/student destinations over time
  • NEET figures
  • Analysis of student destinations compared against end of KS4 outcomes

Assessment of student progress

Assessment is aligned to our School’s teaching, learning and assessment policy. There are Systems in place to effectively track students’ progress through our Careers Guidance provision.

Assessment in Careers Guidance includes opportunities for:

Assessment for Learning (formative assessment) – regular assessment of students’ progress against the intended learning outcomes for each age group as detailed above. This will ensure students are making expected progress, we will provide feedback for students on how to improve, and will assist students in planning for subsequent careers guidance activities.  Working towards units of work in the careers education programme in PSHCE.

Start - Online Careers Programme

As part of our commitment to provide an outstanding careers programme which prepares students for a rapidly changing world, we are delighted to announce that we use an innovative resource called Start.

Students will be asked to create their own account for Start at school and will spend time in PSHCE using the resource.

As students customise their profile on Start with details about their skills, qualities, interests and work preferences, Start further personalises this information, helping them to navigate the thousands of jobs, courses, providers and opportunities available.

There are four main sections for students and parents to use:

World of Work

  • getting inspired
  • researching industries, jobs and employers
  • learning about skills that employers value
  • knowing how to stand out from the crowd

What to Study

  • researching pathways and qualification options
  • exploring by subject or qualifications
  • finding subjects or careers that suit their learning style

Where to Study

  • researching destinations by courses and subjects


  • explaining the value of work experience
  • learning how to write a CV or covering letter
  • preparing for job interviews
  • knowing what employers look for
  • effectively evidencing and demonstrating skills

We are encouraging parents to use Start at home as well with students so please find below a link to a video which explains how Start works and information to help parents register as well so you are also able to use the online resource.

Start Profile

To register go to Start Profile website above and click Register.
We hope that students and parents will enjoy using Start this year and that you will find it an interesting and valuable resource to use when discussing future career plans and options.