Careers programme information

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Careers programme information

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Careers Programme and Student Entitlement

The careers education and guidance programme at Dyke House seeks to positively support you to acquire the educational, social and employability skills necessary for lifelong success in a diverse and changing world of work. At Dyke House Academy we use ‘The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks’ as a guide to ensuring we support students in the most effective way possible.

Careers Team

Emma Davies

Email: [email protected]
Tel: 01429 266377

Career Links
Careers Inc

How can we support your child?

A child is never too young to be thinking about their future plans and aspirations. Students who have clear personal goals and career ambitions are more likely to make progress in school attain good exam results and secure a pathway to a fulfilling and happy future.

Obviously, aspirations and career plans may change significantly between year 7 and 13 but having an on-going conversation about possible higher education and career choices can improve motivation and enthusiasm for all students.

The School will…

We aim to enable Dyke House College students to become effective and independent career planners, able to make informed decisions in preparation for moving on to further and higher education, training and employment.

We aim to do this in three ways:

  • Self-development
  • Career Exploration
  • Career Management and Employability Skills
  • Encouraging students to develop an understanding of themselves and the influences on them
  • Instilling an ethos of self- determination and self-improvement as a learner
  • Learning about careers and the world of work
  • Making the most of careers information, advice and guidance
  • Learning how to make and adjust plans to manage change and transition.
  • Developing basic employability skills including showing initiative and enterprise
  • Handling the application and selection process
  • Developing personal financial capability

Careers Education and Work Related Learning is delivered through our Learning Guide programme in each year group from Y7 to Y11. Learning Guides are central to this delivery and are fully briefed and supported by our CEIAG specialist.

Once a term, your child’s learning guide will discuss their career aspirations with them and the links between progress in school and their pathways into future education and employment.

Events in the LG programme include a range of visits by and to local employers and post-16 education providers.


All Students in Y9 attend a one day Careers Event in school during the spring term. The normal timetable is collapsed for the day and staff from local colleges and Training Providers and volunteers from various professions come into school to run hands on workshops and information sessions.


All students in Y10 attend a one day STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Enterprise event. Students work in groups and are set a business challenge in the morning and an engineering challenge in the afternoon. The event promotes basic enterprise skills (team working, problem solving, working to tight deadlines, creative thinking, etc.) as well as promoting career opportunities in the engineering industry.

Towards the end of the summer term all Y10 students take part in a careers activity week which consists of the following:

  • Industry Day – This is a mini work experience activity. Students find out about careers in a sector in which they may be interested and have an overview of how a business in that sector operates.
  • Finance Enterprise/Career Day – activities in school to promote financial capability, explore the labour market and also an opportunity to look at and register on the apprenticeship website.
  • Taster Day at Hartlepool College of Further Education – students choose two vocational areas to sample.
  • Taster Day at Hartlepool 6th Form College – an opportunity to sample both A level and BTEC courses and enrichment activities
  • Making Opportunities – At the business conferencing facilities at Sedgefield Racecourse. This is an ideal backdrop for practicing completing application forms and interview techniques.

What you can do?

It will be really valuable if you have conversations with your child about their career plans. Even an informal chat is good but if you want to give them more advice or just want to find out about a particular career or University choice then you might find the links below useful.

The information on this page is due for review in June 2020.

Dyke House Academy is a member of the Northern Education Trust.
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