Careers Provision

Information for students and parents

There has never been a time when careers guidance has been as important for young people as it is today. The landscape of education, training and employment opportunities that students need to navigate is more complex and more challenging than that faced by previous generations.

We support students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions.  By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for Life after Longdon whichever pathway they choose.

Click the link above to view our careers policy.  At Longdon our mission statement is as follows:

Longdon Park School harnesses passions, unlocks ability and realises potential through delivering individualised learning pathways to support pupils and their families.

Our school community strives to equip all pupils with a toolbox of skills, strategies, and knowledge to prepare them for their onward journey and realise the contributions they can make to the wider world.

We want all our pupils to SHINE – that is, to be:  Safe – Happy – Independent – Nurtured – Engaged

  • Gatsby Benchmarks

What are they?

The statutory guidance from the DfE regarding career related learning (Careers guidance and access for education and training providers, October 2018) has the long term vision for a world class careers provision and states that schools should be using the Gatsby Benchmarks as a framework to develop and improve practice.

There are 8 Benchmarks to work towards –

  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

How we do this

We measure the schools progress on this via the Gatsby Benchmarks compass tool, this allows for regular monitoring and implementation of good practice

• Parent Information Pack (coming soon)
• Key dates (coming soon)
• “what’s the point” subject maps (see below)

When you have an idea of the type of career you want, do some research to discover the skills that are needed to fulfil that job. The Prospects website has a list of many different job profiles and includes information on the skills required to fulfil that role:

Think about where you have already acquired these skills, maybe from work experience, a role you have taken on in school, extra-curricular activities, and also make a plan of how you are going to develop the skills you don’t have yet by talking to Emma or another member of staff, your parents or carers or family and friends. For example, if you need to work on your confidence skills, volunteer to take part in an assembly or try to put your hand up in class to give your perspective.

The image below shows Employability Skills and the Enterprise Skills employers are looking for. Even if you don’t have a specific career in mind, working towards developing these skills will leave you more prepared for when you do decide.

Ensuring you access Social thinking and Peer Mentoring will give you a much better development of ‘soft skills’ which are essential for all job roles.

Look through the subject maps to see where they can take you; remember these are only some of the roles that are available to you!

  • Pathways to success
  • Information for Employers

Longdon Park would welcome any employer to take part in our innovative and outstanding community.  If you would like any more information on events, have any ideas for projects or would like to read case studies and overviews of successful events/work experience placements please feel free to contact us at:

01283 7333195

Labour Market Information and Resources

  • Labour Market Information – what is it and how to find it

Labour Market Information (LMI) tells us all about what is happening in the world of work, or the labour market.

Decisionz magazine is a key resource for accessing relevant Labour Market Information in our local area, this magazine can be found via:

Spring 2021 issue:

What can LMI tell us?
  1. The number of job vacancies in each job sector.
  2. The type of vacancies — if they are part-time, full-time, temporary, seasonal or permanent.
  3. General trends in the world of work — such as which types of business are doing well or failing.
  4. What kind of businesses are opening, or closing down, in your area.
  5. The skills and qualifications that employers are looking for.
  6. What qualification levels and subjects people have.
  7. How many people are looking for work.
Why do I need LMI? 
  1. LMI can give you a clear view of what is happening in the world of work, so you can make realistic plans when choosing your career.
  2. Knowing about things like the number and type of job vacancies, how work is changing and what employers are looking for can make it easier to plan what to do next.
  3. It will also help you to find out about the qualifications and employability skills you will need for your career ideas.
  4. LMI can give you an idea of the job situation and help you to find out which subjects or courses you might need for your career ideas.
• Useful online links

The following websites are useful for up to date placements and info:

  • Careers preparation resources


Once you have secured your interview, it is very important to prepare.


  1. Find out about the organisation. Read their website inside out so you understand what they do, what they pride themselves on and what values they expect in their workers. Ask questions via their social media links so they get to know you before the interview.
  2. Think about yourself. What skills, qualities and achievements have you got that would interest the interviewer. Note down examples of where you have shown and developed these skills. Read your application again and pick out the things you’d like to come out at interview.
  3. Plan your journey – make sure you know exactly where and when the interview will be. Aim to arrive at the reception area of the company at least 15 minutes before the interview. If possible, have a dry run beforehand and an alternative plan in case something goes wrong.
  4. Dress appropriately – choose clothes that suit the type of work and fit in with the organisation’s image. Aim to look clean, neat and tidy. Get your clothes ready the day before.
  5. Always take a pen and something to write on and read your interview instructions carefully in case they have requested that you should bring anything else along.

Use the following websites to help you find out how to complete a successful interview:

An American website, but a good basis for you to prepare some possible interview answers. This article features tough questions you may be asked at interview.

As always, if you have any questions please speak with Emma or a member of staff. We will always help prep you for interviews and practise questions with you.

Key stage specific

  • Get Ahead Magazine
  • National Careers Service: This is the national website that is produced by the government – it offers labour market information and up to date careers advice.
  • National Apprenticeship Service – use the following link to search and apply for vacancies.
  • Icould– Excellent website with great videos linked to careers, the buzz quiz and plenty of resources.
  • Careers box– Some great resources here – superb videos about real everyday jobs.
  • All about Careers’ A really useful site for labour market information and has an online careers test.
  • My kinda future’ – Good website for teachers and students to create and store a CV – links to labour market information.
  • ‘Get my first job’ – Good point of reference for traineeships and apprenticeships.
  • Success at School– Mainly Careers advice info for students, has an online shop for resources.


General useful careers sector websites


Useful websites for colleges and providers in Derby – post 16

Life after Longdon – Testimonies and feedback

  • Pupil testimonies
  • Feedback forms