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Supporting Early Career Aspiration at Hadrian Park


At Hadrian Park we are aware that from the young age of three or four, children are already starting to form their first aspirations and recognise occupations that adults may have. By six children are starting to have opinions on what they think they can or can’t do in the future and base their future aspirations on the visible occupations around them. By the time children are 10, they have an understanding of the occupational constraints they may face and have started to make career decisions which could go on to limit their future options. We have designed our careers curriculum at Hadrian Park to ensure that children have the opportunity to explore a range of careers and develop transferable skills for the world of work. We encourage children to be aspirational when thinking about their future and believe that every child can succeed.

Careers Week

Each year we hold our school’s “Careers Week”. This is an opportunity for children to further explore the world of world and the options available to them following their time at Hadrian Park. We believe that this week should not only be about exposing our children to a variety of workplaces and career opportunities, but building skills for life which could be utilised at any future destination. During Careers Week we take part in a variety of workshops to build skills for the workplace and future career aspirations. We also organise visitors to school and trips to local workplaces to inspire our children and educate them on what career prospects are in our local community.


Please see our Careers Week 2023 Newsletter below to find out all of the amazing things we were involved in.



Gatsby Career Benchmarks


At Hadrian Park we are committed to developing a careers framework from EYFS through to Year 6 which is in line with the Gatsby Benchmarks. By embedding the benchmarks into our careers curriculum we are ensuring that it is a high quality offer for all pupils. The 8 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 to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Providing personal guidance


North East Local Enterprise Partnership

We are currently working in partnership with North East Local Enterprise Partnership (NELEP) to ensure that all children have the best possible guidance to help them understand the exciting opportunities that are open to them as they grow up.


As a school, and through the support of NELEP we are working to provide all children with a purposeful careers curriculum which will open their eyes to the range of possibilities their future holds. Our career programme does not only provide “careers advice” but breaks down barriers, broadens horizons and sets high aspirations. It is hoped that throughout pupils time at Hadrian Park we will help children to learn about the variety of jobs open to them and the fantastic range of opportunities we have in the region. Through our careers curriculum, children will gain a broad understanding of the routes to get into work, including the essential skills and attitudes required to be successful in the workplace.


As part of Careers Week 2023, the NELEP supported a parent's workshop. During this workshop, parents were provided with information about how to further support their child with making careers choices and informed on current Labour Market information. The slides from this workshop can be found below.



North Tyneside Learning Trust World of Work

The World of Work project is designed to inspire, motivate and equip all young people for the world of work. The project aims to work in partnership with teachers so that pupils build on skills and knowledge each year and can then make informed decisions about their future destinations. Through work with the North Tyneside Learning Trust we have been able to establish links with local employers to provide children with first hand work experience encounters.

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