Careers Programme

At Denewood, the careers programme is measured against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. Details of these can be found here.

We track and monitor our progress using Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass and Compass+ tools. This provides us with an in-depth understanding of the successful areas of our programme which may need more attention. Our latest evaluation is here.

To help evidence this process we use the following methods:

  • Pupil voice
  • Monitoring of activities and events
  • Feedback from students and external providers, i.e. colleges and employers, about the events
  • Destinations data
  • Attendance at careers and employability experiences such as careers fairs, talks and FE/HE events
  • Mock interviews
  • Post 16 Support
  • All students in Year 11 are offered expert 1:1 career advice and support from Futures
  • Pupils record of career-based learning and encounters

This list is not exhaustive as we are continuously developing our programme to meet the needs of students and employers alike.

Activities and Encounters by Key Stage

Here at Denewood, we work with KS2 and KS3. At each key stage, we believe it is vital for our students to have careers-based interactions to help support their future career paths and planning.

Labour Market Information (LMI) helps to inform these endeavours. Below we have broken down these activities and encounters by Key Stage to give you an idea of what we have in place.

This programme will change year on year to fit with current career trends. We aim to record which careers activities each pupil has been offered and engaged with on compass +.


More about LMI can be found below

We believe that by creating opportunities for our students that encourage them to have real-life encounters with employers, FE and HE providers, they will be more likely to succeed in the future. It helps them to realise that no matter their individual circumstances, they have the potential to achieve their goals. It is also our aim to offer as many of these opportunities to all pupils who are on roll at the Academies and not just those who attend onsite only.

Academy Careers Team

Luke Sisson – Trust AP Lead/Careers Lead –

Mark Clifford – PD Lead/Careers Lead –

They can be contacted at the Academy office on 0115 9151271


Please check out these brilliant websites to explore future careers information and content to help you plan for your dream career!

Start – Careers Information ( – create and use Start profiles to track all the careers related experiences you take part in and build a CV

LMI For All – LMI For All – research and access up to date labour market information

MYPATH – YouTube – View a weekly video about different jobs – learn more about the world of work

Spotlight on Careers 2022 – WorldSkills UK – research information about a huge range of different jobs

Careers Advice For Young People | WorldSkills UK – explore careers and hear from inspiring role models

Career Guides For Young Adults – Youth Employment UK – look for early careers ideas and how to get into different jobs

Contact us | National Careers Service – careers advise for young people 13+ – visit website or call 0800 100 900

School Leaver Jobs | AllAboutSchoolLeavers – School leavers advice, their aim is to provide school leavers get jobs and understand the careers paths available to them

Careers advice | Who else can help | The Prince’s Trust ( – The Princes Trust website list even more websites that young people can access to get support with their future career


Further Education

Many of our pupils secure a route into further education or college to find or continue their passion. Here are links to some of the further education providers in the city.

Nottingham College

Adams Building | Nottingham College

Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies | Part of Nottingham Trent University



Please check the links below to access current apprenticeship opportunities. 

Current vacancies ( – check out any current apprenticeship vacancies with Nottingham City Homes

Find an apprenticeship – GOV.UK ( – use this website to find any apprenticeship vacancies in England

About ASK – Amazing Apprenticeships – learn more about how to gain an apprenticeship


Parents / Carers & Staff

Would you like to know more information about how to support your child at home or how to support a pupil in school? Here are some links to some great careers resources and up to date labour market information. 

2382_FUTURES_LMI – NOTTINGHAM ( – Access up to date labour market information for Nottingham

NCW One Stop Shop ( – careers week resources

Supporting Students – Futures for Business – Futures what next project – supporting young people POST 16

Volunteer It Yourself: Learn trade skills & help the community : Volunteer It Yourself – Volunteer it Yourself provide work experience opportunities to young people aged 16+ – they can register to volunteer with volunteer it yourself -see website for more details


Our Careers Partners

We are proud to work alongside these organisations to improve our careers offer to all pupils. 

Home | ThinkBig (

What are Careers Hubs? | The Careers and Enterprise Company

HMRC Springboard: Students celebrate life chance scheme successes (

Volunteer It Yourself: Learn trade skills & help the community : Volunteer It Yourself

Secondary school outreach programme | Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham City Homes

East Midlands Airport – Raising Aspiration programme

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