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Careers Education



  • To encourage students to develop high aspirations and consider options and choices for their future life.
  • To provide students with the knowledge and skills to make successful transitions to the next stage of their life.
  • To work in partnership with parents and other agencies to improve opportunities and to promote social mobility.
  • To place value on student voice in listening to their views and wishes.  


The School will assess the impact of its careers programmes on students by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data in line with activities that they have taken part in at school. In addition, the views of students, parents and work experience partners will be surveyed after key events e.g. work experience placements , EHCP annual review and transition meetings. 

Careers Programme and Gatsby Benchmarks at Mayfield

What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?

Launched from research completed by Sir John Holman in 2013, the Gatsby benchmarks were designed to improve career guidance in England and give a framework that schools can use to develop a good careers programme.

There are eight benchmarks, and each have been developed to support schools in providing their pupils with the best possible careers education, information, advice and guidance.

At Mayfield School, our Careers Programme is embedded and delivered throughout our school curriculum from year 8 upwards, following the 8 Gatsby guidance benchmarks. Our programme gives opportunities for all our students to participate in careers and work related learning corresponding to their individual needs. Our student’s progress and achievements tracked through an individual transition passport, which follows our students from year 8 to year 14. At Mayfield due to the nature of or students’ needs careers advice and guidance can be totally different for each student. Work related and work experience tailored to the student’s individual needs and abilities were possible.

Therefore, in most cases careers advice and guidance may require a different set of knowledge and skills to that of a mainstream model usually followed. Teachers providing advice and guidance for students and parent’s with additional support from the following designated staff:

Michael Appleton – Work Related Learning, Work Experience

Julie Hurst – Transition, Travel training

The staff named above can be contacted via the school office, on telephone number 01257 263063.

A wide range of additional professionals will be involved in supporting students and their families including, but not limited to: Advisory Teachers, Social Workers, Link Workers and Health Professionals. 

 Gatsby Benchmarks outlined:

Good Career Guidance | Education | Gatsby

Links with Transition and Post College Destinations.

  • During Y9, the annual review of EHCP outcomes focuses on planning for adult life and further education and work based opportunities. (See below regarding Transition Planning) 
  • This is done with the support of our dedicated in house transition worker to support pupils and families access opportunities in the community and where appropriate forms of employment in the local area.
  • As part of our active and effective transition, staff actively encourages parents and learners to visit a number of suitable career options, higher education settings and other providers in order to support future decision making.  
  • Appropriate curriculum links are made with skills in enterprise and employability, e.g. through accreditation (ASDAN ) 
  • Where relevant and appropriate, students are given the opportunities to engage in work based learning and experiences to support their interests and aspirations- these can take place within school or in local businesses which actively support our students eg Asda, Charity Shops, Astley Park.
  • We offer planned opportunities for students to access Taster Days and visits to other settings and work places. 
  • The school works in close liaison with parents and the local authority transition workers who provide personal guidance to students to help prepare them for post school or college placements. 


All maintained schools and academies (including special schools and pupil referral units) must give education and training providers the opportunity to talk to pupils in years 8-13 about approved technical qualifications and apprenticeships.

All pupils have a personalised Transition Plan produced at Y9 and this is reviewed on an annual basis. The plan sets out the young person's wishes and aspirations for their future education and career and the school works in close partnership with families and Transition Workers in order to identify suitable providers and support them in getting to know the young person as part of a bespoke transition process. 

If any education and training providers wish to discuss their involvement with the school then they should contact the Careers Lead, Mick Appleton for further information.

Work Related Learning and Work Experience 

Work experience is an opportunity to introduce young people to the world of work, and layer up the skills needed to help them get prepare for adulthood.

We offer our learners the chance to broaden their understanding  through meaningful experiences of the world of work both in school and in partnership with local businesses and employers. 

This may take the form of; 


Work Related Learning enriches our curriculum provision for all learners from Key Stage 3 onwards.  It gives them ‘hands on’ and practical experience of the world of work and is delivered through planned activities that use the context of work to develop knowledge, skills and understanding useful in work.


Where appropriate, work experience is individually tailored to match the needs and aspirations of students. A variety of opportunities may be available for learners both within the school setting and in the wider community to include local businesses, charity organisations and public services. 

Click here to read more about Preparing for Adulthood and Work Experience.  


Natspec is the membership association for organisations which offer specialist further education and training for students with learning difficulties and/or disabilities.

Lancashire's Carer's Guide to Preparing for Adulthood provides the relevant information to help you as a parent or carer to plan for this time.

Start is a digital careers platform (within Lancashire) with the information, advice and tools to help students to explore and plan for their future. 

Project Search is a supported internship programme for 16-24 year olds who have an EHCP. 

National Careers Service is a comprehensive careers website with job profiles, outlining: the skills required, main tasks, pay levels and career prospects for hundreds of different jobs. In addition, valuable guidance on the different stages involved in getting a job.

https://learnliveuk.com/  Online careers advice 


Contact Us

Mayfield Special School
Gloucester Road,
Chorley, PR7 3HN