Personal Development

Subject Leader: Mrs S Lane. 

Careers Leader: Ms C Jordan

Careers link Governor: Charles Byrom

We will assess and measure the impact of our careers programme through questionnaires to students, staff and parents. This information will be used to continue to improve the programme to meet students’ needs.

For Details about our careers programme for each Key Stage please click here

Personal Development Curriculum – Secondary Phase 

At St George’s the Personal Development Curriculum is developed using student voice, pastoral input and with a key understanding of local issues. This ensures the content is both relevant, inclusive and reflective of our school community.  

Every student has at least one hour of lessons over the two-week timetable. They also have additional opportunities to engage in the core themes through period 6 activities, assemblies, guest speakers and drop-down mornings.  

Discussions, debate and thinking time are a core feature of the lessons and we use Kagan structures to make sure every child is an active learner. 

A range of contemporary and challenging resources are used at all key stages and these are updated regularly. The students build skills by revisiting themes in different years to ensure they have enhanced their knowledge and understanding. 

The core themes of British values, Wider World, Health & Wellbeing, Personal safety, Diversity and RSHE are embedded into our curriculum.  

We aim to ensure that every child is fully prepared for their Post 16 choices with an ambitious career planning journey. We also aim to make certain that students have the skills and knowledge to make informed, safe choices now and in their futures. Pupils will learn the need for respectful relationships and also how to keep themselves healthy and safe. The students should leave our school with the key tools to keep themselves mentally and physically healthy so they can thrive in their lives. Pupils will have a core understanding of diversity and the core British Values so they can continue to flourish in society.  


RSHE Policy

Saint George’s Careers Plan 2022-23

Our Vision at Saint George’s C of E School for Careers

To deliver a careers programme that facilitates every student in developing knowledge and skills to navigate their lives successfully and  flourish.

Our Objectives

  1. To deliver an aspirational careers programme that results in high achievement for every student achieving Gatsby Benchmark 1
  2. To enable every student to finish compulsory education with clear career goals and to be capable of social mobility.
  3. To support students to achieve better academically and improve life choices through focus on future goals

Our Careers programme will have a wide range of activities including those imbedded within the curriculum as well as Individual focus, opportunities for developing passion, knowledge and networking opportunities.

The Intent of the Careers Plan

To meet the Gatsby benchmarks and achieve good practice and embed an outstanding careers programme that allows our students to develop and flourish beyond school.

The Impact of the Careers Plan

This will be measured through:

  • Attainment
  • Progress
  • Destinations Data
  • Feedback from students, staff and parents

Careers plan prepared by:

Claudia Jordan – Leader of Careers, Business and Enterprise

Implementing the Gatsby benchmarks


The Gatsby benchmarks are as follows:

  1. A stable careers programme – Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers. Please see the download below of our current careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information – Every pupil and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make the best use of available information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil – Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support needs to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s career programme should embed quality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers – All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wise range of career pathways.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees – Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work. Employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment opportunities including visitors speakers mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experience of Workplace – Every pupil should have first hand experiences of the work place through work visits, work shadowing and work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their network.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education – All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the work place.
  8. Personal Guidance – Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with career adviser who could be internal or external or a member of the school’s staff provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

From this September:

Years 7 to 10 will all receive a Personal Development, incorporating Careers Education, lesson once a fortnight, these lessons will explore the career options that are available to them and will be interactive and mainly discussion based. They will explore the various professions and work forces. We will have companies and individual people come into lessons to show them what it’s like to work in a rage of careers such as retail, or engineering. They will also look at further education such as apprenticeships, college and university.

Year 11 will be having an interview with the leadership team, as well as an Independent Careers advisor to explore their choices and to gain support in making the right choice for them. They will also be having Personal Development including Careers, lessons once per fortnight, focusing on the skills and knowledge they need for their next steps.

Year 12 will have Personal Development including Careers delivered through tutor time and guided independent research by their tutor.  

Year 13 will also be having an interview with an Independent Careers Advisor. Personal Development including Careers, will be delivered through tutor time and guided independent research by their tutor.   


All sixth form students will have access to a Resourced Careers Room, where they will be able to conduct independent research into career paths as well as discuss career options with the Careers Lead.

Key dates: 

UCAS – Year 13 – Important dates

Please find the UCAS Key Dates for applications Here through the process starting in term 5 of year 12.

Personal Statements – Year 12

The deadline for draft personal statements for all year 12 is the end of June. Whether students are going to university or not, having a personal statement allows them to consider there strengths and weaknesses and interests whatever route they chose. The activities to support students are in their Careers and Development Google Classroom

Parents' Guides to post 16 and Post 18 options

Post 16 Options


Post 18 Summary


Degree Apprenticeships


For more information about careers and helpful resources please visit the Careers and Life Skills page.