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Careers and the World of Work

Careers and the World of Work

At Wyre Forest School our careers programme is tailored to meet the needs of learner groups and individuals throughout Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. Our programme consists of learning, advice and experiences across:

  • Careers
  • The World of Work
  • Enterprise
  • Life Skills
  • Transition into Adulthood

In December 2017, the DfE produced a Careers Strategy: Making the most of everyone’s skills and talents. The document lays out plans to raise the quality of careers provision nationally.  It’s aims are:

  1. We want all young people to understand the full range of opportunities available to them, learn from employers about work and the skills that are valued in the workplace, and have first-hand experiences of the workplace.
  2. We want all young people in secondary school and college to get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured, and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience. 
  3. We want everyone to get support tailored to their circumstances at any time. All adults will be able to access free face-to-face advice with more support for those it need it most.
  4. We want everyone to get the information they need to understand the job and career opportunities available, and how their knowledge and skills can help them in considering suitable careers.

The DFE Careers strategy names the Gatsby Benchmarks as the measure of excellence in careers provision. 

Gatsby Benchmarks:

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

At WFS we are committed to supporting the transition into adulthood of all our learners through fulfilling the aims of the DFE strategy alongside meeting the diverse needs of our young people.

Follow the link for full details of The Gatsby Benchmarks.

Learning opportunities meeting The Gatsby Benchmarks along with additional real-life experiences can be seen in the following mapping documents:

KS3 Real-Life Opportunities Map
KS4 Real-Life Opportunities Map
KS5 Real-Life Opportunities Map

Wyre Forest School Careers Programme

Our full careers programme is detailed here: Wyre Forest School Careers Strategy and Action Plan

KS3 Careers and The World of Work Curriculum Overview

Year 7     


Setting personal targets (KS3 transition)

Personal identity and strengths

Recognise qualities & skills that make someone employable

How can I develop these skills?

Recognise the benefits of being ambitious and enterprising in all aspects of life

Year 8


Identify different kinds of work & why satisfaction with working lives can change

Describe different ways of looking at someone’s career and how they develop

Be aware of laws relating to young people and employment

Minimise health and safety risks to yourself and those around you

Year 9


Organisation and structure of businesses 

Use Labour Market Information (LMI) 

Know how to make plans to help you get the qualifications, skills and experience you need

Identify networks of support and how to access info & guidance

Know how to prepare yourself & present self well during selection process

Develop the skills and qualities required to engage in enterprise

Show you can be flexible and positive at transition points in your life


Tell positive stories of wellbeing, progress and achievement

Explain how have benefited from careers, employability and enterprise activities

  • All key stage 3 students and their parents are invited to attend the Life Beyond School event in the Spring term which features representatives from a range of future possible destinations including colleges, training providers and social provision.
  • Students take part in the KS3 employers event which is attended by McDonalds, West Mercia Police, Droitwich CVS, NHS.

KS4 Careers and the World of Work Curriculum Overview

Year 10

ASDAN PSHE short course:

  • Module 3 - Careers and Your Future

ASDAN Enterprise short course: 

  • Module 1: Entrepreneurial Skills
  • Module 2: Generating Enterprising Ideas
  • Module 3: Enterprise Planning
  • Module 4: Enterprise and Business
  • Module 5: Your Enterprise in Action
  • Module 6: Your Enterprise Evaluation

Year 11

ASDAN PSHE short course:

  • Module 7 - Economic Responsibility

OCR Employability Skills:

  • Unit 1 - Assess work for myself
  • Unit 2 - Learn about managing money
  • Unit 3 - Prepare for and learn from a job interview
  • Unit 4 - Know how to complete a job search
  • Unit 5 - Provide personal information for employers
  • Unit 6 - Know about health and safety in the workplace

Students working on the achievement continuum within Entry Level 1 take part in Life Skills, Enterprise and Independent Living Skills sessions.

  • All Key Stage 4 students and their parents are invited to attend the Life Beyond School Event
  • Year 10 students attend the World Skills Show, NEC
  • Year 11 students attend Worcestershire Skills Show
  • Year 11 students attend a workshop run by Worcester Apprenticeships
  • Year 11 leavers attend open days and induction sessions at their chosen destinations
  • Year 11 students take part in CV and Interview workshops run by JobCentrePlus and Droitwich CVS
  • Individuals take part in alternative curriculum sessions at Abberley Care Farm and Nineveh Ridge
  • Year 11 students going into the sixth form take part in transition sessions.

Post-16 Careers and Transition Curriculum Overview

Level 1


  • Preparation for Work
  • Health and Safety at Work
  • Exploring Job Opportunities and Labour Market Information
  • Individual Rights and Responsibilities at Work
  • Introduction to Customer Care
  • Maintaining Work Standards  
  • Enterprise Project

CoPE L1 Module 6: Vocational Preparation



OCR Life and Living Skills:

  • Skill Area: Environment and Community
  • Skill Area: Home Management
  • Skill Area: Office Practice
  • Skill Area: Personal skills
  • Skill Area: World of Work

Weekly Enterprise and Work Skills lessons

Students working on the achievement continuum within Entry Level 1 take part in Life Skills, Enterprise and Independent Living Skills sessions.

  • Post 16 students take part in personalised career and transition packages dependent on their needs and aspirations
  • Post 16 students and their parents are invited to Life Beyond School and termly coffee mornings
  • Post 16 students attend World Skills Show and Worcestershire Skills Show
  • Students take part in work experience on-site
  • Some students take part in work experience off-site including Gatsby Café, WMSP and ShoeZone
  • Students work in our award-winning community café- The Blossom Tree
  • Students visit workplaces, colleges and social care providers
  • Taster sessions at MENCAP, BMET, Ourway and Kidderminster College
  • Visits to community facilities and travel training
  • Year 12 students take part in NCS residential
Our careers team:

Rebekah Thompson - Careers Leader

Tom George - Careers and Transitions Advisor

Rachel Wright - Upper School Phase Leader

Sian Ackerley - Middle School Phase Leader

Please follow the link to contact us if you have any enquiries.

The Blossom Tree Café


We are proud to offer our KS5 students the fabulous opportunity to work in our award-winning café. The Blossom Tree serves the local community in Springfield Park for three sessions per week. Our students develop and apply many skills in a practical, real-life situation. These include money handling, time-keeping, health and safety, work skills, communication and social skills, to name but a few.

Careers and Transition Advice

Our Careers and Transitions Advisor (CTA), Tom George, provides impartial careers and transition support to students and their parents.

For more information, please click on the links below: