Careers Staff Contact Information

Careers Leader- Deon Krishnan

Email Address- deon.krishnan@excelsiornewcastle.org.uk

Telephone Number- 0191 2288400 (Ext: 5103)

Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

Excelsior Academy has established itself as a ‘leading edge’ school in the region regarding ‘all-through’ careers provision and is now Hub member of the North East Ambition Local Enterprise Partnership. In order to fulfil our legal duties outlined in the Department for Education (DfE) 2018 Careers Strategy, Excelsior Academy ensures all students have access to independent careers guidance and provides opportunities to a range of providers to inform pupils about technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.


Careers Education at Excelsior Academy has been structured around the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance which 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

To ensure we address all of the benchmarks, Careers Education at Excelsior Academy is holistic, balanced and personalised. Our aim is to enthuse students and support them to make informed decisions about their future career pathway. At Excelsior Academy, Careers Education is delivered in a variety of ways across year groups and is embedded into our activities calendar so that all students have numerous opportunities to experience high quality career information, advice and guidance.

Students have access to our careers adviser Fay Laidler, who will support students by giving advice and guidance so that all students have secured destinations once they leave school. Excelsior Academy students can self-refer for a careers interview at any time or they be referred by any staff member or parent.

Excelsior Academy records and monitors the impact and success of its careers programme on a termly basis using the Careers and Enterprise Company Compass Evaluation system. All elements and activities taking place throughout the school are assessed to identify the strengths of the careers programme and make improvements to our provision where needed. The next review of our latest Compass Evaluation will be Friday 5th July 2019.


Excelsior Academy Careers Policy and Plan:

Please click here to access our Careers Policy and Careers Plan which provides an overview of our programme.

Provider Access Statement:

This statement sets out the arrangements Excelsior Academy has for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer.

Statutory Framework

This policy complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.


Entitlement and Purpose

All pupils in years 7-13 are entitled:  To find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeship opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;  To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events; To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.


Key events and activities are integrated into the school careers programme which offer providers an opportunity to come into Excelsior Academy to speak to students and/or their parents/carers:

CEAIG Inspiration Day- Friday 17th January 2020.

Year 9 Build My Skills Events.

KS4 and KS5 Work Experience

NECOP HE Ambassador Workshops and Assemblies

KS4 and KS5 visits to local FE colleges and universities

Local FE and apprenticeship provider prospectuses available from the Careers Office

Management of Requests from Providers

All requests should be directed to Deon Krishnan, Careers Leader. 01912288400 (Ext: 5103), deon.krishnan@excelsiornewcastle.org.uk   


Information Advice and Guidance

This page will highlight some of the most reliable and useful sources which provide impartial advice and guidance every step of the way. However, don’t forget about those close to you parents/siblings/relatives are all great sources of information and advice, as well as your tutor, teachers and the VI Form students.

Online Resources

Skills to Succeed Academy: An online package that unpicks the world of work, employability skills and applying for jobs in the future. Particularity useful for students who have no idea what they would like to do in the future, the programme is broken into short, focused modules or units. Full access details are here.

High quality web-based resources that students and parents should take a look at include:

Unifrog (see also separate tab) is a fantastic resource, that allows students to compare university courses and apprenticeships in the same place. Information is up to date, including the latest employment/destination data. *log in is required to use this system*

https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/Pages/Home.aspx The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. You can create your own lifelong learning account and access a range of useful tools from real-life case studies and careers guides to web and telephone chats with independent, impartial fully-qualified careers advisor.

My Career Springboard is an impartial careers information package, you create an online account that helps you navigate your choices and careers pathway. You get a personalised noticeboard and you can do ‘personality tests’ that matches careers which might best suit your interests and traits.

http://www.ucas.com/progress This website will be launched nationally in September 2014 and is primarily aimed at choices after GCSE. However, it contains a range of resources students will find useful when considering their options such as Careers quizzes.

http://icould.com/ This website has lots of videos you can explore by employment sector or life theme

https://www.startprofile.com/ This is a careers site aimed at 11-24 year olds, with useful content in ‘Career Worlds’

http://www.prospects.ac.uk/ This is a good resource for anyone thinking about university, careers you can reach from your subjects and job hunting trends

http://www.careersbox.co.uk/ This is a free online library of careers related films, news and information

http://www.careers4u.tv/ This site contains videos on lots of different jobs, and students talking about apprenticeships, university and jobs

http://www.getting-in.com/ This site has a comprehensive overview of universities, courses and apprenticeships

The Success at School website also has a useful careers page, looking at roles in different sectors of the economy.

These resources are primarily for pre-16 students, although not exclusively so. Further online resources to support Post 16 students can be accessed here.

For Parents

Careers Advice is not just for Young People, Parents/Carers also need support to help young people make tough and challenging decisions. Careers advice for parents is a website that has been set up by careers professionals and recommended by the UK Career Development Institute. ‘Careers Advice for Parents aims to give you an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to your child’s future career prospects.’

This particular site is aimed at parents or guardians of young people who are faced with, or who will be faced with, making decisions about their options post 18. Parent Advisor information about all of the options post 18, including apprenticeships and gap years, as well as Higher Education. 

The National Careers Service is also a good, reliable source of impartial advice and guidance.

iCould provide a range of good articles in one place that examines the range of choices available to young people at 16 and 18, these are specifically targeted at parents and carers.

Your Higher Apprenticeship Timeline


To apply for an apprenticeship visit: www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

Please see apprenticeships listed below for your preferred subject:

English Apprenticeship

Geography Apprenticeship

Languages Apprenticeship

Maths Apprenticeship

Science Apprenticeship

Visit Amazing apprenticeships

Labour Market Information

The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects. The data are organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you. The data sources relating to hours and pay are estimates based on the Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (Office for National Statistics). The pay estimates provided relate to mean pay for full-time jobs in an occupation. The estimates of future employment prospects are projections taken from the Working Futures study and are based on past employment trends.


North East LMI can be accessed through this link, data is broken down by NE region e.g. Northumberland. The site is full of statistics, with very little in the way of interpretation. Some, not all, will find this useful.

Official Labour Market Statistics can be found here, this is national data and again like the above is heavily based on raw data.

www.hesa.ac.uk/ Collects data from Higher Education, including annual destinations survey.

Jobs in the NE

CV Writing

Video advice on writing a CV

In today’s competitive jobs market, it’s more important than ever to make a good first impression. This can often be your CV, so it needs to be putting across the right messages, with the right presentation, and no mistakes.

When you have been in full-time education most of your life your qualifications will probably be your main achievement. If you don’t have a lot of work experience, try to make your course work relevant to the skills you’d use in the job. For example, you probably use time management, research and IT skills every day. You may also be able to say you’re a fast learner, and are up to date with the latest equipment and techniques in your field.

The most important thing is to take your time over your CV – make sure it’s the best it can be. You might want to leave it for a couple of days and then come back to it with a fresh pair of eyes. Get it checked over by several people to see if they can spot anything you can’t. When you’ve been working on something for a long time it can be difficult to see ways in which it can be improved. But with CVs, it’s easy to make the mistake, but very difficult to correct the damage done….

Some of the most common CV errors are:

1. Typing errors, and poor spelling and grammar

2. Listing duties instead of achievements

3. Not tailoring your CV

4. Visually unappealing and difficult to read

5. Too long or too short


Start is a fantastic careers tool which will enable you to search for careers within your desired area of interest, and will give you more detailed information about qualifications/skills needed, job profiles etc.

Please click on the link below to get started:


Post 16 Work Experience

In Year 12/13 all students will be expected to complete unpaid work experience or work shadowing which has been arranged for them by our Careers and WEX Coordinator, Mr Stead.


  • The Year 12/13 students wishing to take part in Work Experience must have the permission of their Parent/Carer
  • Work experience should take place in a time suitable to the student.  
  • The Work experience placement will be arranged by Mr Stead and all of the necessary paperwork will be completed.
  • If a student is arranging their own work experience, the college must be informed.
  • The privately arranged work experience placement must be unpaid.  

Further tips can be found here.