Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at SSWL

The role of Careers Lead was created to embed the Gatsby benchmarks. The school works with many external companies to set real life projects and act as mentors for students. The 21st century curriculum is designed to develop the skills required for success in the future. 

Our vision is to deliver an authentic education for the 21st century for children from the age of 14 -18. The aim of the curriculum is to ensure all students achieve high-level qualifications in a broad range of subjects, whilst simultaneously equipping them with the skills required to play an active role in the modern, highly-competitive and fast-changing world. The latest careers plan for 2020 – 2021 can be found here.

Gatsby Benchmarks

In order to meet our statutory requirements with CEIAG we use the Gatsby Benchmarks to guide our policy and practice. The eight benchmarks are:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from careers and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

What we do: Key Stage 4/5

  • Students will regularly attend careers fairs
  • Students will work on assignments set by partners from various industires
  • Students are able to access specialist advice on the aviation sector from the aviation skills partnership
  • Students are able to access specialist advice on the space sector from the National Space Centre
  • Students will interact with local employers by taking part in speed networking events
  • Students will attend industry based presentations
  • Students who have an interest in different areas are able to access specialist webinars
  • Students attend business events to get a taste of the workplace environment
  • Students are provided with the opportunity to apply for work experience through S4SNextGen
  • Students are provided one-to-one careers guidance (UCAS, apprenticeships and work placements)
  • Grofar will be used to collate useful progression information (activities, competences and interactions).


About the Gatsby Benchmark

SSWL – Gatsby Benchmark Presentation 2021-22

SSWL – Gatsby Benchmark Presentation 2022-23

Space Studio West London measures and assesses the Career Programme’s impact on students against the Gatsby Benchmarks through Compass+. This information is reviewed each half term.

Compass+ Report June 2024

Compass+ Report July 2024

For News about our Career Trips and experiences pleaase follow this link:

Careers Experiences

"We were extremely lucky to have a representative from the NCS Team deliver an incredible life skills workshop, in which we were also given a surprise opportunity to go and explore Go-Ape, helping some of us to face our fear of heights. It was fun, exciting all while being a life's-lessons learning experience!"
Year 12 Student at SSWL

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