Careers at Quarrydale



If you require any advice and guidance regarding anything to do with careers please speak to MRS DELLAR (QUARRYDALE Careers leader) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Careers, Education, Information, Advice AND Guidance

CEIAG at Quarrydale helps and prepares all Quarrydale pupils to make the next step about their future.

In Quarrydale we have:
• Mock Interviews
• Enterprise/Team Building Days
• University and HE college talks and visits
• Visits from local businesses
• Tutor time activities
• Work Experience
• Up to date Careers Information Library





Level 6 Careers Leadership

Calendar of Careers events planned for 2020-2021

IF YOU REQUIRE ANY HELP AND SUPPORT FOR YOUR CHILD PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO CONTACT MRS DELLAR WHO IS NOW BASED IN YEAR 11 ON EXT 257 OR EMAIL HER ON This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To discuss your child attending Quarrydale 6th form - please speak to Mr West or Miss Straw This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
If your child is thinking about attending another school 6th form - please look at their own website and ring or email them direct.
To speak to someone at West Notts College about college courses- please speak to Emma Leaver who is the Quarrydale school link on 01623 627191 Ext 8289 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To speak to someone at West Notts College about Vision Apprenticeships - please speak to Danielle Blower is who the Quarrydale school link for apprentices on 01623 627191 Ext 8719 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
To speak to someone at Brackenhurst Animal/Agriculture College please speak to Sam Wells 0115 848 3192 who is the Quarrydale school link for courses at Brackenhurst.
To speak to someone at Confetti please speak to Barry Mallon 0115 952 2075 Ext 891 who is the Quarrydale school link for courses at Confetti.
Other useful websites
https://www/    There is a virtual fair on Wednesday 14th Oct 12pm-6pm
Success - Careers Advice

Careers Policy


The aims of this policy are to equip pupils with the skills, knowledge and attitudes to make well informed decisions about their career pathway.

Quarrydale Academy recognises that work- related learning is about preparing young people for the world of work and is an essential part of a young person’s education to the extent that is a statutory requirement and is delivered through a whole school approach.


Quarrydale is a thriving and successful 11-18 academy with a very distinctive identity founded on high expectations, excellent teaching and a personalised approach to learning. This, together with the specialism in Science, plays a central role in helping the students achieve their best and to enjoy their education. Quarrydale is an academy where students can develop confidence, self- respect and dignity, whilst also learning about respect for others, teamwork and leadership. Therefore, by the time our students leave, they will have gained the skills, qualities and qualifications needed for success as adults. The teachers have pastoral responsibilities as tutors and the pupils are in year groups overseen by a Head of Year and a member of SLT. Student voice is well-developed in school and there is a school council in each year group. Quarrydale offers a nurturing and safe environment to all pupils from year 7-13, pupils with special educational needs, disabilities, looked after and vulnerable have extra support if and when required.


CEIAG is underpinned by all the current policies held within the school. These include the Child Protection, Equal Opportunities, Racial Equality, Anti-Bullying, Inclusion and Special Needs and Staff Development.

The Academy’s CEIAG policy has been revised in accordance with the statutory guidance from the Department of Education January 2018 and also refers to Section 42A of the Education Act 1997. Quarrydale endeavours to follow the Careers, Enterprise and Employability Framework – CDI 2018 and other relevant guidance from the DFE, QCA and Ofsted as it appears.

Following the Technical and Further Education Act 2017 section 42B the academy ensures that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical qualifications or apprenticeships.

From Sept 2018 the Academy will be using the Gatsby Benchmark to improve careers provision.

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from careers and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each student

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal Guidance

The school will offer every young person seven encounters with employers including STEM employers from Year 7 to Year 13.


In accordance with the statutory guidance 2018 the Academy has appointed a full- time qualified Careers Leader and has their own careers programme.

All staff will be briefed on a basic understanding of the CEIAG provision to ensure they are aware of their role in relation to this. All staff will receive inset training for CEIAG to allow them to carry out their tutor role effectively.


Funding is allocated in the annual budget. The Careers Leader is responsible for the effective deployment and preparation of resources. Resources are maintained centrally on the School Staff Shared Area for all staff to access.

Information and Implementation

i) Careers resources

· a wide range of materials and access to ICT including using programmes such as Unifrog, National Careers Service, etc.

· an area designated in school for pupils to research careers situated in the library

ii) Independent Careers Advice

· Used for individual interviews with year 11’s, 12’s, 13’s and other identified pupils throughout the year

iii) Parents Evenings

· Careers Leader and other invited outside agencies e.g DANCOP are available at Parents Evenings and Option Evenings for Years 9-13

The Aims of the CEIAG Policy

The underlying aims of the policy are to;-

Offer inspiration and aspiration to pupils. To develop employability skills; provide young people with the opportunity to ‘learn by doing’ and to learn from experts; raise standards of achievement; increase commitment to learning, motivation and self -confidence of students; to improve retention of pupils in learning post 16; develop career awareness and the ability to benefit from impartial and up to date information and guidance; support active citizenship; develop the ability to apply knowledge, understanding and skills; improve understanding of the economy, enterprise, personal finance and the structure of business organisations and how they work; encourage positive attitudes to lifelong learning.

Work related learning works best when young people, their parents or carers, schools, colleges, employers, learning providers, and business partnerships work together to make it happen. Quarrydale Academy will sustain contacts with employer networks, FE colleges, higher education institutions, mentors, coaches, alumni and other higher achieving individuals.

Quarrydale has a member of the governing body who takes a strategic interest in careers education and guidance and encourages employer engagement.

Quarrydale recognises that good careers guidance widens pupil’s horizons, challenges stereotypes and raises aspirations. Quarrydale will provide pupils with knowledge and skills necessary to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life.

The school’s careers programme raises the aspirations of all pupils but is also tailored to individual need. Quarrydale ensures that young people from all backgrounds, gender and diversity groups, including those with special needs and disabilities have the widest possible range of careers guidance.

The policy is written in conjunction with key personnel/interested parties. The views of pupils and parents are sought through questionnaires and evaluations. The views of local businesses are also sought through questionnaires and meetings. Pupil’s views are also sought through work experience, interventions and enterprise capability days.

Work related learning is realised through planned activities within the Academy curriculum with particular emphasis on Key Stage 4. It takes into consideration pupil need, differentiated provision and equal opportunity and is promoted through careers information, curriculum linked visits, enterprise days, mock interviews, practical experience, tasters, work simulations and work experience to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful in work to include learning through the experience of work, learning about work and working practices and learning skills for work.


Delivery methods encompass a full range of learning styles, building in flexible active learning methods such as:-

· Suitable effective start and end strategies

· High order questioning

· Target setting; using career aspiration as a focus for tutor reviews

· Decision making

· Teamwork

· Information gathering and sharing

· Problem Solving

· Understanding others’ points or views and influences

· Considering feelings and using imagination

· Reflection, review and evaluation

· Using various ICT opportunities


Quarrydale completes the Careers and Enterprise’s Company’s Compass Tool on yearly basis to monitor the progress towards meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks as part of the statutory duty.

Quarrydale is currently working towards accreditation Careers Mark 7. Careers Mark is important as the school wants the students to achieve high standards, see the value and relevance of their learning, both to themselves and the working world and to make good choices that are successful for them. Using Career Mark will enable Quarrydale to deliver the best possible careers education and employability skills development programme, which is integrated and effective.


The programme is reviewed by the Careers Leader and SLT Line Manager. The School Governor, Business Advisor and Careers Leader also have a meeting annually.

When reviewing the programme the School Improvement Plan SIP is used to ensure that Careers is fully supporting whole school aims.

The review and evaluation process will be used to recognise and share good practice, identify areas for further development and thus facilitate the continuous improvement of CEIAG, and will include information and evaluations gained from students.

Student destination figures will be used to assist the evaluation process. This will ensure that student outcomes are met by tracking student progress in making well informed and realistic decisions.

This policy will be published on the school’s website in a way that enables pupils, parents, teachers and employers to access and understand it.

Policy Co-ordinator – KIM DELLAR – CAREERS LEADER

Careers for different year groups
Baker Clause

Baker Clause Policy Statement

Quarrydale Academy uses the Gatsby Benchmarks and the CDi Framework as a guide to plan our Careers and PSHE programmes. As part of our commitment to informing our students of the full range of learning and training pathways on offer to them, we are happy to consider requests from training, apprenticeship and vocational education providers to speak to students.

Quarrydale Academy also proactively seeks to build relationships with partners as we plan our Careers activities throughout the school year to ensure that providers have multiple opportunities to speak to students and their parents across years 7-11, to offer information on vocational, technical and apprenticeship qualifications and pathways. Quarrydale Academy ensures that Academy staff involved in personnel guidance and pastoral support are up to date on their knowledge of these post 16 and post 18 pathways, through a programme of Continuing Professional Development.

Opportunities for providers to speak with students may include school assemblies, employer and provider engagement events or opportunities to speak with students and parents on a one-to-one basis supporting GCSE and post 16 option choices. Quarrydale Academy’s Careers and PSHE programmes are monitored for quality and impact.

In the first instance, requests by providers should be sent to the Academy’s Strategic Lead Steven Cooper at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Careers Leader Kim Dellar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a minimum of 6 weeks lead time.

Careers and employability 

At Quarrydale we want our students to achieve their goals.

Our School Governor responsible for Careers is MR PHILIP MARSHALL

We are also working with the D2N2 framework developing links with local businesses and our Business Advisor is MR PETER ROBERTS Managing Director of Collis Engineering.

We are also working with Notts County Council and the Careers Local Funding.



New Information

T Levels: what they are?

T Levels are new courses which follow GCSEs and are equivalent to 3 A levels. These 2-year courses, which launched September 2020, have been developed in collaboration with employers and businesses so that the content meets the needs of industry and prepares students for work, further training or study.

T Levels offer students a mixture of classroom learning and ‘on-the-job’ experience during an industry placement of at least 315 hours (approximately 45 days).

In time, students will be able to take a T Level in the following subject areas:

· accounting

· agriculture, land management and production

· animal care and management

· building services engineering for construction (starting September 2021)

· catering

· craft and design

· design and development for engineering and manufacturing

· design, surveying and planning for construction (now available)

· digital business services (starting September 2021)

· digital production, design and development (now available)

· digital support and services (starting September 2021)

· education and childcare (now available)

· finance

· hair, beauty and aesthetics

· health (starting September 2021)

· healthcare science (starting September 2021)

· human resources

· legal

· maintenance, installation and repair for engineering and manufacturing

· management and administration

· engineering, manufacturing, processing and control

· media, broadcast and production

· onsite construction (starting September 2021)

· science (starting September 2021)

When they will start ?

The first 3 T Levels are now available at selected colleges, schools and other providers across England. Contact your local colleges and ask if they are delivering T- Levels.

A further 7 T Levels will be available in September 2021 with the remaining courses starting in either 2022 or 2023.

How T Levels will work with other qualifications

T Levels will become one of the main choices for students after GCSE alongside:

· apprenticeships for students who wish to learn a specific occupation ‘on the job’

· A levels for students who wish to continue academic education


T Levels are based on the same standards as apprenticeships, designed by employers and approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education (the Institute). It is expected the total time for a T Level to be around 1,800 hours over the 2 years, including the industry placement. This is a significant increase on most current technical education courses.

This differs from an apprenticeship, which is typically 80% on-the-job and 20% in the classroom and is more suited to those who know what

occupation they want to pursue, want to earn a wage and learn at the same time and are ready to enter the workforce at age 16.

How T Levels have been developed 

Employers and providers have been working together to develop each T Level, with support from DfE and the Institute. Groups of employers have defined the skills and requirements for each T Level course by participating in T Level panels. This ensures that students taking T Levels will develop the technical knowledge and skills required by employers in that industry. The T Level panels have developed the content for the qualification, based on the same standards as apprenticeships and these plans are then tested and reviewed with students, education providers and employers.

The technical qualifications for the first 3 T Levels have now been approved by the Institute and accredited by Ofqual for teaching from September 2020. These are in:

· design, surveying and planning for construction

· digital production, design and development

· education and childcare

Structure of a T Level

T Level courses include the following compulsory elements:

· a technical qualification, which includes:

· core theory, concepts and skills for an industry area

· specialist skills and knowledge for an occupation or career

· an industry placement with an employer

· a minimum standard in maths and English if students have not already achieved them

Industry placements

Every T Level includes an industry placement with an employer focused on developing the practical and technical skills required for the occupation. These will last a minimum of 315 hours (approximately 45 days) but can last longer. Employers can offer industry placements as a block, day release or a mix of these, and can discuss sharing part of the placement with another employer if necessary.

Providers will support employers offering industry placements. This will include assistance with the necessary paperwork, a careful planning process and support with designing the industry placement.

The Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) and National Apprenticeship Service (part of ESFA) are working with employers and providers on industry placements.

Employers interested in finding out more about industry placements can contact 08000 150 600, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit the employer section of the T Levels website


Additional Careers Link