CareersInc Careers Advisor Service during Covid

We are pleased that our Careers Advisor from CareerInc, Mrs Barker, is back working in the building rather than virtually. She is with us once a week, usually on a Friday. Shortly she will be interviewing each Y11 about current college plans and planting seeds for post-GCSE study.

Careers and Post-16

We use independent, external careers advisors from CareersInc. The CareersInc website is available here:

Students, parents/carers and staff can access our bespoke CareersInc Academy careers information pages including local apprenticeship opportunities, and hints and tips regarding careers, by clicking on the three images directly below.

Teesside Post-16 Provider Open Events 2020-2021

September 2020
Wednesday 2 September 2020 – Middlesbrough College 11am -12.30pm/3.30-5pm [Link] PAST EVENT

October 2020
Monday 5 October 2020 – Stockton Riverside College 5.30pm – 8.30pm [Link] PAST EVENT
Tuesday 6 October – Askham Bryan- Information Evening 5pm – 6.30pm [Link] PAST EVENT
Thursday 8 October – Bede Sixth Form College 5pm – 8pm [Link] PAST EVENT
Tuesday 13 October – Middlesbrough College 5pm – 8pm PAST EVENT
Thursday 15 October – Nunthorpe Sixth Form PAST EVENT
Thursday 15 October – Prior Pursglove College 5pm – 8pm [Link] PAST EVENT
Monday 19 October 2020 – NETA Training 5.30pm – 7.30pm [Link] PAST EVENT
Tuesday 20 October 2020 – NETA Training 5.30pm – 7.30pm [Link] PAST EVENT
Wednesday 21 October 2020 – Redcar and Cleveland College 4.30pm – 6.30pm [Link] PAST EVENT

November 2020
Saturday 7 November – Askham Bryan- 10am-1pm (Open Morning) [Link] PAST EVENT
Saturday 7 November – Middlesbrough College 10am – 12.30pm PAST EVENT
Thursday 12 November 2020 – Bede Sixth Form College 5pm – 7pm PAST EVENT
Thursday 19 November 2020 – Stockton Riverside College 5.30pm – 8.30pm PAST EVENT
Monday 23 November 2020 – The Skills Academy 4.30pm – 6.30pm PAST EVENT
Tuesday 24 November 2020 – TTE 4pm – 6pm PAST EVENT
Thursday 26 November 2020 – NETA Training 5.30pm – 7.30pm [Link] UP NEXT!

December 2020
Wednesday 9 December 2020 – Redcar and Cleveland College 4.30pm – 6.30pm [Link]
Thursday 10 December 2020 – Middlesbrough College 5pm – 7.30pm

January 2021
Monday 11 January – TTE 4.00pm – 6.00pm
Tuesday 12 January – Middlesbrough College [Geography A-Level Taster] 4.00pm-6.00pm [Register]
Thursday 28 January 2021 – Bede Sixth Form College 5pm – 7pm
Saturday 30 January – Askham Bryan 10am-1pm (Open Morning)
Saturday 30 January – Middlesbrough College 10am – 12.30pm

February 2021
Thursday 4 February 2021 – Redcar and Cleveland College 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Monday 8 February 2021– Stockton Riverside College 5.30pm – 7.30pm (Apprenticeships & Full-Time)

March 2021
Tuesday 2 March – Askham Bryan- Information Evenings 5pm – 6.30pm- (Virtual)
Thursday 4 March 2021 – NETA Training – 5.30pm – 7.30pm (Apprenticeship Event for National Apprenticeship Week 2021)
Monday 8 March 2021 – The Skills Academy 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Tuesday 9 March 2021– Stockton Riverside College 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Thursday 11 March 2021 – Bede Sixth Form College 5pm – 7.00pm
Tuesday 16 March 2021 – Middlesbrough College 5pm – 7.30pm
Saturday 20 March 2021 – Redcar and Cleveland College 10am – 12pm
Saturday 20 March 2021- Askham Bryan 10am-1pm (Open Morning)
Tuesday 23 March 2021 – TTE 4pm – 6pm

April 2021
Wednesday 21 April 2021 – Middlesbrough College (Apprenticeships) 4pm – 6pm
Saturday 24 April 2021– Stockton Riverside College 10am – 12noon

May 2021
Thursday 6 May 2021 – NETA Training 5.30pm – 7.30pm
Tuesday 11 May 2021 – Redcar and Cleveland College 4.30pm – 6.30pm
Tuesday 18 May 2021 – Middlesbrough College 5pm-7.30pm

June 2021
Wednesday 9 June 2021 – TTE 4pm – 6pm
Monday 28 June 2021 – The Skills Academy 1pm – 4.30pm

July 2021
Thursday 8 July – Middlesbrough College 3pm – 6pm

Middlesbrough College Taster Sessions

Normally at this time of year we would be sending Year 11 students to Colleges to open events and taster sessions, unfortunately this year, that is not the case. However, the colleges are working hard to provide alternatives for students. Middlesbrough College are offering virtual taster sessions over the coming weeks via Zoom.

Visit their website to find out when the taster session for the course you’re interested in is running
The Taster Session link is here

Year 11 Careers Checklist

Do you know where you want to be next year? The year after? 5 years time? 10 years? Now is the time to start thinking about the future. Use the checklist below to start planning your journey into Further Education, Higher Education and the world of work.

Careers Inc are there to help you, our Careers Advisor Mrs Barker is in school each week carrying out interviews with students and giving advice on how to get where you want to be. Colleges are taking applications for 2021 and holding open events over the coming weeks and months. Dedicate some time to thinking about this, discuss it with family member, teachers and advisors.

If you have any questions about anything college, university or careers related see Mrs Barker or Mrs Ritchie in school or complete the google form here Questions


Post-16 Provider Events & Prospectuses

We aim to regularly update our list of all the upcoming Post-16 provider open evenings and events, so that students and parents/carers alike can make decisions about courses being taken at Outwood Academy Normanby, and beyond. If you are a college provider and we have missed a date, please email Louise Ritchie, who leads our Careers and Post-16 provision at Current prospectuses for colleges and providers are also below.

Careers Fair – 20 November 2019 4.00-6.00pm [Archive]

Our annual Careers Fair took place on Wednesday 20 November 2019 from 4.00-6.00pm. Students in particular from Years 9-11 were strongly encouraged to attend, and parents were welcome too. We had colleagues from a wide range of post-16 college and apprenticeship providers, armed forces representations, universities, the National Citizen Service, employers and volunteer agencies. A letter listing all who were there was sent home

A critical event for encouraging Year 11 to finalise their college applications, for all students to see the purpose of securing great skills and qualifications at school, as part of a planned career journey. The more students know about entry requirements and courses, the more likely they are to push themselves and secure grades they are capable of.


Career Information ‘Drop-In’ Sessions – Mondays 2.30 – 3.30pm [CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE]

Students can ask questions and get support with CVs, help with application form completion for college, collect prospectuses for colleges and apprenticeship providers and research post-16 courses for after GCSEs. We also aim to run ‘Careers Information Sessions’ occasionally in theses sessions, often in partnership with Post-16 providers and increasingly with employer partners and alumni in particular career sectors. Sessions are focused on career choices around particular subjects that students may be interested in pursuing after post-16 and post-18 education. For more details speak to Mrs Ritchie or Ms Barker (on a Friday).

If you are an employer who would like to be involved with any of our Careers Fairs, assemblies, lunchtime drop ins or Enrichment sessions, please contact Mrs Ritchie at

Post-16 Lunchtime Drop-In Sessions – Fridays 12.00 – 1.30pm [CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE]

We are grateful for our partner Post-16 Colleges and Apprenticeship providers, who are running stands during Friday lunchtimes, to promote post-16 choices beyond GCSE, answer questions and inspire our student for their next career steps.

Useful Documents


Careers Programme 2019-20 [Archive]

Careers Leader: Dr Mark Robinson (Vice Principal) 01642 454577
Careers Coordinator: Mrs Louise Ritchie


Outwood Academy Normanby’s Careers Programme is committed to developing a whole school approach to providing all students with up-to-date, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as defined by the CDI framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Our guidance and support aims to guarantee students have clear, aspirational and realistic goals for their future study. This it turn secures increased motivation towards studies, higher self-esteem, greater attainment at GCSE, and ever improving staying on rates at college, leading to all our learners securing meaningful and engaging employment.

We are determined to further develop our strong partnerships with training providers and employers to secure placements for our students and seek to ensure that our students have the skills that they, and the country, require. The development of the workplace skills will increasingly be supported by our curriculum and specific events, and we are starting to introduce employer engagement sessions within curriculum subjects.

Through our Careers Programme young people will secure:

1. Encounters with employers, with workplaces and with further and higher education
2. Information about jobs and how the curriculum connects careers
3. A plan tailored to individual needs and supported by guidance
We are committed to the vision laid out in the DfE January 2018 document “Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers” in that:

  • our academy has begun to offer every young person at least one meaningful encounter with employers per year, from Years 7 to 13
  • our academy has appointed a named person to the role of Careers Leader
  • our academy has published details of its careers programme so that parents can see the timetable for events (this document)
  • our academy has begun using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision, aiming to ensure that all of them are met by the end of December 2020

What we have published online (*included within this section)

  • Our ‘Access to Providers’ Policy (see foot of this page)
  • the name, email address and telephone number of our Careers Leader*
  • a summary of the careers programme, including details of how students, parents, teachers and employers may access information about careers*
  • how the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on students*
  • the date of the school’s next review of the information published*

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance to be in place by 2020

1. A stable careers programme
Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

2. Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)
Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make best use of available information.

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. Our school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.

5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, in particular within curriculum lessons, at least one per year.

6. Experiences of workplaces
Every student will have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

7. Encounters with further and higher education
All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace

8. Personal guidance
Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Careers Programme

CEIAG Assemblies
Each term all year groups have a minimum of one CEIAG assembly. Term 1 is an introduction to CareersInc, our impartial, external careers advisors, and what they offer. Term 2 is an aspirational assembly led by our careers coordinator and in Term 3 there is a further education/higher education focus. There are several other assemblies that run throughout the year led by various external providers for various year groups with a focus on aspirations, further and higher education, careers and professions.

Careers Lunchtime Drop-Ins
Each half term we have a scheduled lunchtime where local Post-16 and Apprenticeship providers are able to set up information stands and talk to students across all year groups.

CareersInc, our commissioned external careers advisors, offer students high quality, independent and impartial careers, education information advice and guidance supporting them to make informed choices about which post-16 courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.

Access to Information About Careers

Students can access careers information in many ways at Outwood Academy Normanby including:

  • Attending an interview in the careers room located within the Library
  • Drop in sessions with Career Inc are every Monday at 2.30pm
  • The use of careers software which is available to all students
  • Careers information with subject lessons, coming soon.

Careers Advisor Colleagues

Mr Craig (Careers Coordinator)
Dr Robinson (Vice Principal) – Careers Leader 01642 454577
Elaine Barker (CareersInc)
Laura Dale (Link Governor)

Review and Measurement of Impact

The academy is in the process of working towards The National Quality Standard for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

We review the success of out careers programme by looking at the destinations of our existing Year 11 students with a target of 0% NEET (students not in education, employment or training).

The careers information on this website will next be reviewed in February 2020.

Links to Careers Software:

CareersInc Link to bespoke Outwood Normanby student website:

National Careers Service, where you can explore careers, complete a skills assessment, find a course and more:

Career Coach courtesy of Middlesbrough College. Complete a career suggestion survey, build an online CV and more:

UCAS for information about universities, alternatives, higher education and more:

Apprenticeships. Want to earn in the workplace whilst you study? Find out about local opportunities to do this and more here:

Prospects Career quiz and guidance to find the best job route for you:

Not Going To Uni Leading website showing opportunities outside the university route, including apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships, gap years, traineeships and jobs.

Teesside Post-16 Providers


Y11 College/Apprenticeship Transition Page during Lockdown 2020 [Archive]

Due to the Covid-19 lockdown, all College providers organised a range virtual online events, course videos, virtual tours and bridging work for Y11 (and interested Y10), during the summer term. We created a webpage called Y11 Transition that captures all of this in one place, and it was regularly updated, sometime daily. At the time, that page replaced this Careers Page, but we leave it for interest as an archive.

Do visit our Y11 Transition Page (which was also aimed at Y10 planning ahead) for Summer 2020 if you are interested in how we supported our students during lockdown here:

Thank you.

Download letter regarding CareersInc virtual offer during school closure:

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