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Our Careers Curriculum 

The Act Fast Careers Curriculum strives to provide students with inspirational, achievable, and current information, advice, and guidance to allow individuals to make informed choices for their future. Our aim is to develop confident, well-prepared individuals who know what they want from their future and how to achieve it.


We achieve this by using interactive careers guidance and utilising a wide range of resources that are flexible and inclusive. We provide everyone with the information, key skills, analysis, and positivity to enable them to pursue their aspirations. We are committed to nurturing their interests, excitement and creativity and strive to give impartial encouraging advice.


We have designed our curriculum based on the CDI Career Development Framework which has been adapted to suit our school vision and ethos.

Actfast career programme has 6 priority outcomes:

· Explore potential progression pathways.

Gatsby benchmarks – 3,4,5,6,7,8

· Provide 1-1 impartial advice.

Gatsby benchmarks – 3,8

· Develop and enhance employability skills.

Gatsby Benchmarks – 4,5,6,7

· Create Employer Links

Gatsby benchmarks – 5,6

· Use up-to-date labour market data to inform ideas and, through discussion, support students to make the right choices.

Gatsby Benchmarks 3,8,2

· Support applications for apprenticeships, employment, and further training.

Gatsby benchmarks – 3,5,7,8


Actfast builds strategic relationships with our working partners, this builds stronger engagement, both internally and externally ensuring innovation and collaboration can grow and improve. By assessing the individual needs, aspirations, and dreams of each individual student we will ensure continuous improvement and encourage students into the employment market.


Our working partners include Taylor Woodrow, S&E Engineering, RES.Digital, New Century Foods, MD Holmes to name a few. Employability is about far more than just getting a job, it also about having transferable core skills and appropriate attitude. The employers Actfast work with, understand the needs of our students and proactively work with us to ensure student well-being and progression.


Intent, Implementation & Impact


At Act Fast NL school, we believe that every student deserves a high-quality education that equips them with the skills and knowledge to achieve their aspirations. As such, our careers curriculum is designed to support students with social, emotional, and mental health needs (SEMH) to develop the skills and confidence necessary to make informed choices about their future education and career pathways.

Act Fast provides a stable and effective careers programme which has been developed in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks.



      Learning from career 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


Our careers strategy is implemented by:


      Supporting individual aspirations, improving attainment, and ensuring positive destinations


      Meeting the needs of specific groups including looked after children, SEMH, SEN and children from social, economically deprived backgrounds.

   Developing learners’ career management skills, especially those associated with career adaptability, resilience, enterprise, and employability.


      Improving young people’s working lives by helping them to identify the values that are important to them such as contributing to the wellbeing of others through their paid and voluntary work and working in greener ways.


      Developing the use of digital technologies to meet young people’s career development needs in conjunction with face-to-face support.


      Working with parents/carers, education, the community, and business partners to meet students’ career development needs.


    Working within the CDI framework to gradually build the students’ knowledge and confidence regarding their career and further education pathways.


    Opportunities throughout each academic year to access employer visits and internal career focused events.


      KS3 and KS4 students will have the opportunity to focus and plan their own enterprise project and gain the insight into Entrepreneurialism.


      Ensuring each student has access to a bespoke work experience plan based on the individual student’s needs.

       Weekly sessions dedicated to Careers


   Encourage students to explore a wide range of careers and industries, developing an understanding of the skills and qualifications required for each.


    Equip students with the skills to identify and articulate their strengths, interests, and values, helping them to make informed decisions about their future.


    Develop students' employability skills, including teamwork, communication, problem-solving, and time management, to support their transition into further education, training, or employment.


  Provide students with a range of opportunities to engage with employers and professionals, including work experience, industry talks, and networking events, to help them understand the realities of different careers and industries.


 Support students in developing effective job-seeking skills, including CV writing, interview techniques, and job applications.


      Promote equality and diversity, ensuring that all students have access to a wide range of career pathways, regardless of their background, identity, or circumstances.


    Our careers curriculum is underpinned by the belief that all students have the potential to succeed in their chosen careers, and that with the right support and guidance, they can achieve their aspirations. We are committed to providing our students with the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions about their future, and to supporting them every step of the way as they work towards achieving their goals.

Curriculum and Progression Maps

Click the buttons below to view the curriculum maps below show the key topics and progression route for Careers

College visits 
Curriculum week 25 and 26

Careers curriculum review date: September 2024

24hr Curriculum

Click on your year group to access your TEAMS Classroom

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Click on the link above to access Web-based careers games to build knowledge of the world of work and help you think about your future. All through fun and interactive games!

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