Careers Programme Overview

The entitlement framework provides the opportunities for students to access a range of careers activities with clear progression through key stages. Activities should engage and interest students to properly prepare them for life and work in the 21st century. Statutory guidance focuses on the Government careers strategy which explains the need for a clear and progressive careers programme that is accessible for ALL students and includes impartial careers guidance from Year 8 onwards. 

The Careers Programme at Rye College is very much like a journey to further and higher education and employment. As students’ progress through the years, they focus on several distinct aspects related to careers:

  • Identifying personal skills and qualities
  • Setting targets and developing aspirations
  • Developing employability skills linked to our Rye College Values, particularly the 'Be Employable' strand
  • Understanding different jobs/employment sectors, LMI and stereotypes in careers
  • Bespoke advice and guidance
  • Planning for the future
  • Applying to college
  • Financial Education

The careers programme is delivered through our Life Education Curriculum, although is covered across the whole curriculum. Every subject will focus on careers at various stages in the school year, either through the topics delivered, or through whole school careers initiatives such as careers week. Impartial advice and guidance is provided through two main companies: My Future Starts Here and CXK.
The programme provides a wide variety of activities that are focused on providing high quality information and career guidance. This will allow the students to make the best possible decisions for their future career paths. These activities include bespoke sessions with external partners, organisations, and employers to offer careers insights and information on specific jobs, opportunities, and pathways.

The table below shows our careers programme over each term for each school year. This is reviewed yearly by the CEIAG (Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance) lead through consultation with external partners, curriculum leads and student voice activities.

In addition to these there may also be ad-hoc events such as:

  •     University of Brighton/University of Sussex Widening Participation activities including campus tours and taster days
  •     Subject visits with a careers focus
  •     Careers Hub opportunities etc.  
  •     What Next Sussex?
  •     Careers in the NHS performance

Monitoring, Review and Evaluation

The careers programme is monitored regularly by the Careers Lead, Mrs Starkey. Activities may be added to the programme to introduce new initiatives and events that may become available through the East Sussex Careers Hub and other organisations.
The programme is reviewed on a yearly basis through consultation with Curriculum Leaders, SLT and external providers. The programme is amended in line with new legislation, the latest advice from the Careers and Enterprise Company and curriculum changes. The needs of the students and the current educational climate are always considered.
The programme is evaluated through consultation with our Student Leadership Team, student voice activities, parental and staff surveys. The careers lead completes an evaluation 3 times a year using the Compass evaluation tool introduced by the Careers and Enterprise Company . This evaluates the extent to which the Gatsby Benchmarks are met. The Investors in Careers Award process enables a robust evaluation every 3 years.


Rye College would welcome feedback on the careers programme and information provided on the website. We would be grateful if you could complete a quick survey using the following link. Careers Programme Feedback.

This survey also gives you the opportunity to comment in more detail and to inform us if you would be willing to become involved in the programme through offering employer and career talks, either generally or specific to subjects. You can also contact our careers lead, Mrs Starkey via the school office at 

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