Careers and Guidance information for parents

In line with the requirements and expectations as laid out by the Department for Education for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (2018), Lynn Grove Academy provides the below programme of careers, employability and enterprise education from Year 7 to 11. The activities are all linked to the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Careers and Development Institute’s framework.

To support your child in finding out about their future options there are a number of online careers platforms that we use in school that you can access at home too.

Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability. In school students will access this during form time and their PSHE lessons but they can also use it at home to explore their future options, prepare for their guidance interview in Years 10 and 11 and add evidence of extracurricular activities to their locker.  

Start includes:   

A student profile: students build their profile and access personalised study and career information.  

Modules: activities to guide students through the information on Start at the right time.  

Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work.  

Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs.  

Employability action plan: Students can set goals and stay in control of their career planning. 


eCLIPS makes careers exploration simple. It offers accurate, impartial information on over 1400 careers plus a wealth of advice and information on education and employment choices including how to write a CV and prepare for an interview. You can search for careers by job group, A-Z, school subject or use the Careers Wizard tool to explore jobs that are suitable for you. You can also find information on all the different education pathways and advice to help you prepare for and find work. This is a comprehensive careers platform; for the password, please your son’s or daughter’s school planner.

We also recommend the below websites for getting reliable and accurate information about careers, post-16 education and advice and guidance at moments of choice. Click on the logos to access the sites.

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As listed in our programme above we rely on our business and voluntary sectors to support our careers, employability and enterprise programme. Should you or your work place wish to offer support to any of the events outlined in the curriculum, please get in touch with Heidi Cullingham, we welcome your support to help widen our pupils’ knowledge of the local labour market. 

Information and feedback from pupils, parents, staff and our external partners about events and opportunities for careers, employability and enterprise are through website. Pupils are encouraged to keep records of how they are developing their personal and employability skills using the Start platform.

How we evaluate the careers programme?

Information regarding destination trends of our pupils is available on request from our Careers Leader.  The information is reviewed at the end of each academic year and the impact of the programme is measured by the Trust in terms of pupils’ destinations. The school monitors its provision through analysis of pupils’ responses and satisfaction, Compass +  and our destination data.