Careers Education

Every child should leave school prepared for life in modern Britain. This means ensuring academic rigour supported by excellent teaching, and developing in every young person the values, skills and behaviours they need to get on in life. All children should receive a rich provision of classroom and extra-curricular activities that develop a range of character attributes, such as resilience and grit, which underpin success in education and employment. High quality, independent careers guidance is also crucial in helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions (DfE March  2015)

At Icknield we provide a wealth of different experiences across a student’s 5 years with us to prepare them for their next stages into further education and employment.  We work with various outside agencies to provide this.


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Grofar is an online platform that enables students to build an annual, personal action plan to support their progress towards a successful career post-Icknield. Students build a Student Passport across their 5 years which contains a record of all of the careers education, advice and guidance they have received as well as the events and activities they have attended. It also enables us to tailor our provision in response to their feedback ensuring that we are doing the best for all of our students. See below a flyer on Grofar.

adviza Adviza are our independent Information, Advice and Guidance to our students.  All students in Years 10 and 11 will have meetings with our Adviza representative David Aldridge.  Students will be prioritised according to need and may have many appointments until they feel prepared to make their next steps. 

We are a BP link school.  We work with BP to improve education of Business and STEM Careers.  They provide us with current cutting edge resources in Science and Technology.  They also help us during our Mock Interview process providing us with many experienced interviewers to help guide our Year 11 students.


OXME – The website is Oxfordshire County Council's website for young people and includes information about opportunities, activities and services for children and young people in Oxfordshire.

oxlep The Oxfordshie Labour Market Information Partnership (OxLEP) is a partnership founded to help share enterprises and developments in Oxfordshire with young people, showing them which jobs are in demand now and in the future.
The Apprenticeship Guide

The Apprenticeship Guide is a website dedicated to helping young people finding and applying for Apprenticeships throughout the UK.

Springpod is an online careers education platform that connects students aged 13-18 with prestigious STEM employers for career exploration, industry interaction, work experience and apprenticeships. 

Fast Tomato

Careers Guidance for schools.  What is Fast Tomato and why have we chosen to use it?  Fast Tomato has been designed to help young people broaden their horizons and consider a broader spectrum of career and education options.  Students can take a short psychometric questionnaire which gauges interests, attitudes and motivations.  They are then offered career and education suggestions, personalised to them.  




The headteacher, senior leaders and local governing board know the school’s strengths and areas for development very well (Ofsted 2019)