Careers Guidance and Information

The careers guidance on our website will be reviewed on an annual basis at the end of each academic year.

At MDSA our aim is to help students to choose a career that is right for them.  We are fully committed to careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all of our students.  Our goal is to make sure all of our students understand the further education options available to them and that they are fully prepared for their working life after education.

CEIAG is an integral part of our provision for all students and it is taught within the PSHE (Personal Social Health and Education) curriculum within all key stages, although there is some cross over into individual subjects.  This careers framework is supplemented by additional activities throughout the year.

We evaluate our practice against the Gatsby Charitable Foundation's benchmarks - these are the benchmarks that underpin the most recent government legislation and the Ofsted framework.  They provide an excellent self-assessment and reference point from which to evaluate both our current provision and our development moving forward.

In summary,  the Gatsby benchmarks are:

1.  A stable careers programme

2.  Learning from career and labour market information 

3.  Addressing the needs of each pupil

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

MDSA's CEIAG is evaluated termly, by the PSHE and Citizenship Lead.  The views of students, staff, parents and external partners involved in MDSA's CEIAG will be  used to make changes and improvements to the framework on an ongoing basis.  Student feedback will be taken through an evaluation form (and on occasion a focus group also) after every CEIAG event.  We will use this feedback to review events and ensure they continue to be effective and have maximum impact.

All students are entitled to independent and impartial advice and guidance.  This could be via a designated website,  PSHE lessons  and careers events.

Staff Member Job Title
Mrs Zoe Young PSHE/Citizenship Careers Lead

Should you wish to discuss your child's career / educational options, please contact the PSHE Lead at 

Read the Careers Policy here.