Careers, Employability & Enterprise Education at Goffs Academy

At Goffs we believe that a well-planned impartial Careers Education and Guidance programme which contributes to preparing young people for responsibilities life experiences and responsibility, is vital as important in helping young people make decisions. It is vital that with the wide range of opportunities for 14-19 year olds, young people have the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices. 

At Goffs we ensure this happens by:

  • Using a variety of strategies to raise achievement, especially by increasing motivation
  • Encouraging participation in continued learning, including higher education
  • Developing a range of employability skills in all years
  • Supporting the students' development of key skills and personal qualities
  • Ensuring that students have high quality, accurate and up to date impartial information about careers and work opportunities and that they know the sources of help available to them
  • Ensuring that all students in Year 10 gain an understanding of the world of work and participate in a high quality work experience
  • Meeting the statutory requirements for the provision of work related learning and enterprise education

We pride ourselves on ensuring that students are well prepared for future employment in modern Britain.

Throughout their Learning Journey at Goffs, we offer a range of opportunities to learn about different careers so that students leave school as respectful, responsible, and resilient citizens with the skills they need to able to accomplish their personal goals and to adapt to the changing demands of the economy.

Our Careers information, education, advice and guidance (CIEAG) programme prepares our students for their future lives beyond school. This means that all students, and parents, should be made aware of all their options as they progress through school and their post-school options. 

Goffs Academy is committed to working towards achieving The Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Investors in Careers

The Careers Lead at Goffs Academy is Kate Dawson, Assistant Principal and she can be contacted at or telephone 01992 630443

The Trustee with responsibility for careers is Patrick Philpott

Careers Education Programme

At Goffs we provide a fully planned programme of careers education, information and guidance for all students in Years 7 – 13, in partnership with the Independent Careers Advisers from Connexions, local businesses, parents and colleges.

We ensure our careers programme is differentiated to meet the needs of all of our students, reflecting the National Framework for Careers Education and Guidance. This ensures progression through activities that are appropriate to students' stages of career learning and development.

To help our young people develop the knowledge and skills they need to make successful choices, we provide a range of activities through Drop Down Days, Enterprise Days, Work Experience and our ATM programme. 

Goffs Academy Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance Policy
Framework for careers, employability, and enterprise education

We use the Career Development Institute (CDI) Framework

CDI Framework for careers, employability, and enterprise education

This framework provides us with a structure for identifying needs, designing and delivering learning and assessing the immediate impact of our careers programme.


As part of our commitment to prepare our students for a rapidly changing world, we are delighted to announce that we have signed up to Start – an innovative digital careers platform. Start will help students to explore and prepare for their future career as well as develop their personal profile that will support their transition through education and into employment.

START logging in Student Guide

Using START - Letter to Parents & Carers

National Careers Week

Careers Week & International Women's Day Assembly

How is the Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education programme measured at Goffs Academy?

Goffs has implemented the eight Gatsby Benchmarks throughout our comprehensive Personal Development and Curriculum Enrichment programme.

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance 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

In line with the recommendations set out in Gatsby Benchmark 1, we as a school plan to review the published information on an annual basis, inviting feedback from key audiences.

Careers Providers

We work closely with SfYP (Services for Young People) to ensure that our students have access to a range of different employers during their time in school.

For example, in Year 10 all students participate in a Careers Carousel, CV Workshop and Mock Interview Day during National Careers Week before participating in a week’s work experience placement, in the summer term.

Every student in Year 11 has a 1:1 careers guidance session with a Personal Adviser from SfYP and receives a bespoke Career Action Plan for their future.

The outcomes for these 1:1 sessions are:

  • Student are provided with a personalised action plan to help reach their career goal
  • Students have access to a range of career exploration tools to help them explore the world of careers
  • Students receive individualised, impartial careers information, advice and guidance
  • Personal Advisers are experienced and knowledgeable about local, regional, and national opportunities with access to a wealth of up-to-date information
  • Personal Advisers are skilled in tailoring careers information, advice, and guidance to individual needs and can draw in additional resources if necessary
  • Personal Advisers have current, enhanced DBS clearance

SfYP Personal Careers Advisers hold Level 6 qualifications in Advice and Guidance and SfYP is Matrix accredited.

This support is in addition to meetings with members of the Senior Leadership Team that students will have when making a careers progression decision.

To enhance our provision we also work closely with our Local Careers and Enterprise Company and Chris Dowton, our Enterprise Co-ordinator (Broxbourne & East Herts) who review the Careers, Employability and Enterprise provision provided to ensure we are fully meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.


Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations, help you learn about different occupations and identify potential careers.

It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as description of the 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. You can then look up another two occupations and compare. You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected.


Skillsometer can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. You will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement. You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing.

Useful Careers Websites for Parents/Carers

Useful Careers Websites for Parents/Carers

We suggest the following useful websites for parents/carers to be able to know how to support your child when they are making decisions about careers. These are provided as a starting point however it is not an exhaustive list, there are many others available.

General Careers Advice

Services for Young People Support for Parents and Carers

SfYP have a variety of tools for both young people and parents to support careers choices.

National Careers Service

This is the government provided website to support careers education from the age of 13 until retirement.




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Goffs alumni

Goffs Alumni

Welcome to our Goffs Alumni page. We would like to thank all of our ex-students for contributing to this invaluable resource.

Please take the time to review these fantastic videos which provide our students with an insight into what life is like after attending Goffs Academy and the different opportunities open to them.

If you are an ex-student and would like to contribute to this page, please contact Mark Holding (Assistant Principal)

Employers Encounters

Employer Encounters

Welcome to our Employer Encounters page. We would like to thank all of our partners and supporters for contributing to this invaluable resource. Please take the time to review these fantastic videos which provide our students with such insightful advice into a wide range of careers. If you would like to contribute to this page please contact Mark Holding (Assistant Principal)