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Aspirations and Life Beyond School

The Hayfield School seeks to maximise the life chances of all our young people which in part depend upon highly impactful careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). Our work in this area is underpinned by the Career Development Framework and Gatsby Benchmarks and woven into our Character and Culture Curriculum through the ‘Aspirations and Life Beyond School’ strand. It is further promoted through everyday lessons and the wider life of the school. 

The Hayfield School believes that good careers education, information, advice and guidance connects learning to the future. It motivates young people by giving them a clearer idea of the routes to jobs and careers that they will find engaging and rewarding. Good CEIAG widens students’ horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations. It provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life. Critically, it supports social mobility by improving opportunities for all young people, irrespective of their background.

It is for these reasons that we want our young people to leave school aware of themselves as individuals, of the opportunities available to them and able to make some decisions about their own life. They should be prepared for the transition from full time education to the world beyond.  We seek to continually develop the curriculum to ensure that we provide our students with up to date and relevant CEIAG.  A significant element of this involves partnering with CareersInc (recently renamed Progress Careers) to enable our students to access impartial advice and guidance at appropriate and personalised points throughout their time with us.  

Stage appropriate aspirations events and activities are also offered throughout the academic year to further guide and ensure improved student aspirations and motivation.  The Hayfield School works in collaboration with many Post-16 and Post-18 providers in order to explore a variety of career possibilities.

Should a provider wish to work with the school and our students to inform education, training, outreach work, they should make direct contact with Miss J Whetstone (Associate Assistant Headteacher Character and Culture/Personal Development).

Career provision is reviewed regularly to ensure we are providing students with up to date relevant information which is in line with statutory guidance. The Hayfield School measures the impact of the Aspirations and Life Beyond school curriculum via feedback from students as well as staff, using this information to continue to develop the careers provision. We also use destination data to evaluate the effect students ‘Aspirations’ experiences have had on their progression into post-16 education, training, or employment. In addition, The Hayfield School utilises the CEC Compass tool to track our effective progress against the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.


Named SLT lead: Miss J Whetstone (JWH@thehayfieldschool.co.uk) 01302 770589

Named operational lead: Mrs A Maddock (AMA@thehayfieldschool.co.uk) 01302 770589

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