Careers Education

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

Copthall School aims to offer all students Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) so they are positive, ambitious, skilled and well-informed for future jobs.  We are committed to help every student develop high aspirations, consider a broad and ambitious range of careers and prepare for transition into the next stage of careers, whether that be in education, training or employment.

Copthall School Careers Policy can be found below.

Our CEIAG programme promotes the skills, knowledge and understanding that are necessary for our students to make informed decisions about the choices that they face at each stage of their career development. 

As part of the careers programme, our Careers Leader, qualified to a Level 6 in Careers Guidance provides interviews for all students by appointment and drop in sessions.  Parents are also welcome to attend their daughter’s careers guidance interview.  Please contact the Careers Leader if you would like to join.

The Careers Leader at Copthall School is:

Mrs P Manuelpillai


Parents / Carers 

At Copthall School, we work closely with parents and carers to support their daughter in their education and future career plans.  Parents and carers of Year 11 and 12 students are invited to attend their daughter’s careers guidance interview.  The Careers Leader also holds careers workshops during Transition and Parents evenings to inform parents of the careers programme at Copthall and Post 16-18 options.

We offer work experience for all Year 12 students for a week in June.  If you / your employer are able to support us with a work experience placement, please contact the Careers Leader at the school.

Parents and carers are always welcome to contact the school Careers Leader Mrs P Manuelpillai: – Telephone: 0208 959 1937 with any queries regarding Careers education.

Please see below documents to view the 2020-2021 Careers Programme

If you are a parent / employer who would like to support our students with work experience/shadowing, volunteering opportunities or offer educational/academic/employability/life skills workshops, please email Thank you

Careers Programme 


Copthall is providing (Year 11-13 now and Year 7-10 from August) all students a Unifrog login as part of our careers programme.  This helps students to learn about the world of work, identify skills, record and reflect on careers activities taken part in, information on online courses to enhance their higher education/Apprenticeship application or to develop interest in particular topics, the various career options available and the training that they will need to get onto the right path.  The platform is also used to help with higher education, college, apprenticeship and training applications.  Please click here to access Unifrog.  Year 11-13 have access now and Year 7-11 will have access from August.

Gatsby Benchmarks

We use the Gatsby Benchmarks to create a strong careers guidance programme for each and every student.  The eight benchmarks listed below are a framework for good career guidance developed to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers education.  The eight benchmarks now form part of the government’s careers strategy.

  • Stable Careers Programme        
  • 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

Year 7 - Self-awareness and Introduction to Careers

Through various activities such as careers fairs (higher, further education and apprenticeships) assemblies, employer workshops/presentations and the Wider World PSHE topic, students are helped to start thinking about their future including what skills and qualifications are needed for which careers and thinking about post 16 and 18 pathways.  All Year 7 students are encouraged to become more self-aware of their skills, qualities and interests and how they relate to future careers through the use of Unifrog (link to  One to one Careers Guidance is also available for all students by appointment.


Year 8 – Employability Skills and Making GCSE Option Choices

Students in Year 8 take part in the school careers fair (higher, further education and apprenticeships) where they meet various universities, apprenticeship providers and also charities offering volunteering opportunities.  Through the fair and assemblies, they also meet local and regional employers to hear about diverse careers and numerous pathways. Students have weekly tutorial where all students are introduced to varied jobs through BBC Bitesize Careers  which helps to explore careers linked to their GCSE subjects.  Students are also supported through many activities such as STEM scholars and employer run workshops such as the ‘Carbon Challenge’ and ‘Not Just for Boys’.  They continue to think more about their strengths, employability skills using Unifrog (link to website). One to one Careers Guidance is also available for all students to by appointment. All SEND students receive one to one guidance by appointment.

Year 9 – Careers Exploration and Aspirations

Students are encouraged to explore various careers related to their GCSE subject choices.  Through assemblies, insight lessons and careers fair (higher, further education and apprenticeships), students explore various options post 16 and 18 available to them.  These activities, run by employers, colleges, universities and charity organisations help student to understand the local, regional and national job market, future job trends, motivate and raise aspirations.  Students also take part in STEM Scholar programme.  They continue to explore their strengths and employability skills using Unifrog.  One to one Careers Guidance is also available for all students by appointment.

Year 10 – Employability and Transferable skills

Students in Year 10 focus more on continuing to build their employability skills and finding out more about careers that interest them.  Students take part in Oxbridge, higher education, apprenticeship and STEM careers sessions run by higher education institutions, employers and professionals.  Students are taught employability skills by employers including how to build an effective CV. Assemblies, employer presentations, careers fair (higher, further education and apprenticeships) inform students of various post 16-18 pathways and options available.  One to one Careers Guidance is also available for all students by appointment.


Year 11 – Post 16 option choices and decision making

All students receive one to one Careers Guidance interviews and a typed action plan which includes a summary of the meeting with Mrs P Manuelpillai.  Parent / Carer is then sent an electronic copy of the Action plan through SIMs In-touch.  Year 11 students are encouraged to explore various Post 16 – 18 options.  Employers run interview skills workshop highlighting employability skills.  Assemblies attended by universities, apprenticeship employers, STEM related employer visits, Mock Trial programme (related to History and Law), Oxbridge talks, STEM scholars programme and careers fair (higher, further education and apprenticeships) support our students with their career plans. 

Sixth Form – Developing skills for post 18 pathways and decision making

Focus is on continuing to build employability skills and aware of post 18 options through education, work experience, volunteering opportunities, insight days, taster sessions, employer workshops, visits to universities, STEM Scholars programme and enrichment lessons.  Every Year 12 student takes part in a week work experience in the Summer term.  In addition, students are also offered work experience opportunities throughout the year during school holidays.  Year 12 students can apply to take part in the Career Ready Plus and Ort Jump mentoring programmes.  These programmes provide an opportunity for students to be mentored by an employer / professional pursuing a career related to the career interest of the student.  Students develop their knowledge about what they might like to do after Sixth Form and make informed choices about the full range of options open to them such as Higher, Degree Level apprenticeships, Higher / Further Education courses, gap year activities, volunteering and employment.  Click here for more information.

Useful Websites

Research is an important step in your career journey.  Start your career journey now by visiting websites here Consider the following factors - skills required, training and qualification, job role, pay, progression routes and related jobs. 


Interested in a few different career areas and want to see how they compare side by side?

This tool from the LMI for All websites let you compare up to three jobs and look at how much they pay, what your day-to-day duties might be and whether there will be many job opportunities available in this career area in the future!


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