Careers Guidance / Post 16

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) 

  • Careers Leader Name: Jim Saint Ruth 
  • Email Address: [email protected] 
  • Telephone number: 020 3108 0345 
  • Published Date: June 2023 
  • Next Review Date: June 2024 

Jim Saint Ruth (Ormiston Latimer Academy, Science and Careers Lead)   

Jim has worked for over a decade in alternative provision and has had many roles including SENCO, Head of Maths, Deputy Headteacher and MAT-wide Behaviour Lead. Jim has recently taken over the Careers role in Ormiston Latimer Academy and is currently working on new enterprise projects to help with career prospects including working with Portobello Market, and with groups representing the creative industries in London.

At Ormiston Latimer we offer a comprehensive approach to preparing students for their future careers and post-16 experiences. By providing a variety of opportunities and activities, students can explore different paths and make informed decisions about their education and career choices. Collaborating with local authority partners, local colleges and universities where possible is beneficial as it allows students to get a taste of higher education and understand the options available to them. Additionally, incorporating apprenticeship and work experience advice helps students gain practical skills and real-world experience in their fields of interest. 

We aim to develop student employability skills and inform about local, national and international labour market information, guide students to explore and develop career ideas and high aspirations, educate students on the complete spectrum of post 16 pathways and prepare them for successful post 16 transitions. CEIAG is an integrated aspect of Latimer Academy’s SMSC and PSHE policies and ensures students are prepared for life and work in Britain today by: 

  • raising aspirations and increasing motivation 
  • encouraging the development of personal responsibility and resourcefulness 
  • fostering key learning skills (recording and reviewing experiences and achievements; target setting; planning ahead) 
  • bringing relevance to other areas of the curriculum  
  • contributing to the development of information and communication skills 
  • encouraging students to contribute to local, national and international economy 

To ensure that all students at the school receive a stable careers programme 

· To enable all students to learn from information provided by the career and labour market 

· The CEIAG programme should be individual and address the needs of each student 

· To link the curriculum learning to careers learning 

· To provide students with a series of encounters with employers and employees 

· To provide students with experiences of workplace(s) 

· To ensure that students have a series of encounters with further education 

· To provide each student with the opportunity to receive personal guidance 

CEIAG Programme 

Incorporating life skills and well-being sessions with external providers and speakers is crucial. These sessions can help students develop essential skills such as communication, problem-solving, and teamwork, which are valuable in any career. Furthermore, focusing on well-being ensures that students are equipped with the necessary tools to manage stress, build resilience, and maintain a healthy work-life balance. 

By offering a diverse range of experiences and support throughout their school journey, students can make informed decisions about their future and develop the necessary skills to succeed in their chosen career paths.

At Ormiston Latimer we are committed to ensuring that our Careers provision meets all the current guidelines for good practice, in order to prepare and equip our students for their future careers. 

​We measure and evaluate our programme via the 8 GATSBY Benchmarks and are supported by the Central London Careers Hub.  The Careers Hubs are funded by the Mayor of London, The Careers and Enterprise Company and the European social fund to improve careers education for 11-18 year olds. Support involves: 

  • A dedicated Hub Enterprise Coordinator (EC) who specialises in Careers Provisions and build school to business partnerships  
  • Partnership with an Enterprise Adviser who is a volunteer from a London employer  
  • Strong local leadership and coordination through a ‘Strategic Hub Lead’ to help coordinate activity and build networks within the local infrastructure  
  • Providing the school with local labour market information  
  • Providing examples of evidenced best practice and opportunities to learn through CPD  
  • Support in the development of employer engagement and help to source employers for careers events happening in your school  
  • Supporting the school in implementing and evaluating their careers provision using Compass/Compass+ evaluations termly (by 31st December 2022, 31st March 2023, and 31st July 2023)  
  • Strategic support given to ensure statutory requirements are met ahead of Ofsted visits

Ways to support 

  • Give an inspiring talk based on your industry or job role 
  • Provide a coaching/mentoring service through a structured programme 
  • Run a hands-on workshop with activities relating to your area of expertise 
  • Be part of our discussions about pathways after school, eg apprenticeships 
  • Help champion specific issues and challenge barriers in the workplace around gender stereotyping, disability etc 
  • Help bring a subject lesson to life by linking it to your industry 
  • Offer a work experience placement for students at you business premises 
  • Become an ambassador supporting employment routes for young people with special educational needs and disabilities and offer a work experience placement that is co-supported by the school 
  • Provide a Supported Internship opportunity 

Provider Access Statement 

What to expect 

By getting involved you will not only be supporting future workforce development and helping to broaden the minds of the young people but you will also be developing new skills for your staff, forging community links and building a positive profile for your company.    

Your organisation may have previously organised work experience for pupils at mainstream schools.  Some differences in alternative provision schools, such as ours, which might affect the activities you offer are: 

  • Our class sizes are much smaller – typically 5-7 pupils – and pupils finish at our school at the end of Year 11, after taking their GCSEs. 
  • Half-day or 1-day visits and workshops may be more appropriate than traditional 5 day work experience programmes 
  • The career pathway of each pupil will be unique – some will be considering going to college or doing apprenticeships, others will be looking for employment straight away. 
  • Pupils may be anxious about un-planned changes to their school routine, or travelling to unfamiliar places.  An initial introduction to you and your organisation could be delivered at school. 

We will support you throughout your visit to us to ensure we maximise the use of your valuable time.  Our Careers Leader is Jim Saint Ruth ([email protected]) and he will: 

  • Be your main point of contact for all enquiries 
  • Organise pre-meets/discussions/information for activities you sing up to 
  • Provide you details of the local arrangements including parking, facilities and our safeguarding policy.  
  • Conduct a short evaluation with you to ensure we are getting things right. 
  • With your permission add you to our network and keep you up to date with future activities. 

Gatsby Foundation

London Careers Hub

Post-16 Pathways 

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Local Colleges 

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Labour Market Information 


Teacher Resources 

Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers – Gatsby Benchmark 4 

The Careers Lead and a legal firm planned a series of experiences for Year 10 pupils in the summer term.  In the first week, pupils attended a stone sculpting workshop at school which was creative and enjoyable for them, whilst allowing the employer to see how they responded to unfamiliar situations.  The following week, pupils went to a local heritage site where they explored examples of craftsmanship in stone. Following these two session,  pupils are going to be invited next academic year to attend a 1-day workplace visit where they can experience the corporate world in a leading global law firm.