Top 10 Employability Skills               

It is a priority to provide our pupils with a full Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme. This is to ensure that pupils are ready and prepared for the future and have had experiences, opportunities and information to help them make choices for future study and work.

Employability is the ability to get work and progress in your future career. Learning about and developing employability skills is vital for young people. The CEIAG Programme helps our pupils understand employability and understand how important it is to have the right attitude and work ethic as they progress through education and training.

Pupils will have a variety of meaningful encounters with employers and external visitors during Years 9, 10 and 11, including a visit to a University and a visit to a careers fair.

During Year 10 all pupils will have the opportunity to complete a week of Work Experience. This taste of real work is always beneficial and pupils often return with new skills.

All pupils will have at least one careers interview with an independent advisor. This usually takes place in Year 11 in preparation for Post 16 study but can be earlier by request.


Careers Programme

Sarum Academy Careers Leaders are Mrs Charlotte Bell (11-16) and Gareth Jones (Sixth Form)  Representing the Governing Body is the Careers Link Governor Graham Mundrell.

CEIAG makes a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. Good careers guidance widens pupils’ horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations.  

A planned progressive programme of activities supports pupils in choosing 14 – 19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities, and help them to follow a career path, and sustain employability, throughout their working lives.


Careers education is supported by an independent and impartial careers consultant employed by the Academy.  In addition the Academy provides:

  • Information Evenings and Parents Evenings
  • A broad and balanced curriculum including a mix of vocational and academic qualifications
  • Timetable lessons for Personal, Social, Health and Citizenship Education in Key Stage 3
  • Five Extended Learning days per year
  • Pupil leadership roles and responsibilities
  • Access to events coordinated by a local education business partnership and sponsors
  • Visits to skills and employment fairs
  • Visits to Universities
  • Formal work experience for all pupils in Year 10 and Year 12
  • Targeted CEAIG
  • Transition planning for pupils with Special Educational Needs
  • Voluntary Reading Support of Y7 pupils by Y12 & Y13 pupils developing interpersonal and support skills
  • Independent careers interviews in Year 10/11 and another in Year 12/13

Equality and Diversity

Careers education is provided to all pupils and provision is made to allow all pupils to access the curriculum.  Pupils are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes.  All pupils are provided with the same opportunities and diversity is celebrated.

How will the CEIAG Programme be evaluated?

This will take place annually and will include:

  • Feedback from pupils in the form of a pupil survey in PSHCE lessons
  • Feedback from parents in the form of a parent survey at the end of an information evening
  • Feedback from WEX placements
  • Feedback from Mock interviews by employers

The evaluation will be undertaken by the Careers Leaders and shared with the link Governor for careers and the SLT lead for Careers.