Careers Education

Turner Free School Careers Contacts

Careers Lead: Sean Badrick


Telephone: 01303 842400

Careers Education

It is part of the vision of Turner Free School that all pupils receive careers education, information, advice and guidance that will enable them to choose education and employment pathways that are right for them and are able to manage their careers throughout their lives.

The aim of our careers programme is to:

  • Enable pupils to make informed choices about their future career paths;

  • Open pupils’ minds to opportunities of which they may not be aware;

  • Develop links with a range of community organisations and employers in order to provide pupils with a broad range of opportunities and experiences;

  • Provide opportunities for pupils to identify their strengths, aspirations and future goals;

  • Help pupils understand and develop the necessary skills to equip them for whatever career path they choose;

  • Research and provide up-to-date information about employment, apprenticeships, labour market trends, and Further and Higher Education opportunities.

As pupils progress through TFS they will participate in a range of careers related activities, including:

  • Key Stage 4 GCSE options support and guidance

  • University workshops and visits

  • Apprenticeship presentations

  • 1 to 1 careers guidance interviews

  • Post-16 application and progression support

  • Links with employers, including classroom presentations and workplace visits;

  • Careers related assemblies; and

  • Trips to careers fairs.

These sessions will be delivered through assemblies, tutor time, PSHE lessons, special events, trips and stand alone Careers sessions. If events are unable to take place face to face, where possible, we endeavor to adapt activities to suit a virtual environment.

Pupils can drop in to see Mr Badrick with any careers questions during any break or lunchtime, or a 1 to 1 appointment can be made for any pupils requiring a more in-depth discussion.

Careers Education is everyone’s responsibility!

Your role as partners in careers:

Teachers and School Staff – To provide pupils with opportunities to discover and learn about careers and employability, engage with the wider business community and with employers inside and outside of the classroom. To link learning with the world of work and discuss experiences, skills development and progression with pupils.

Pupils – To engage with careers events and learning opportunities, ask questions, research and discover all they can about future possibilities. Evaluate and record events.

Parents/Carers – To be aware of the careers events and engage in the events and discussion about careers, progression and opportunities. To use careers resources and websites to help support at home.

Employers and the wider community – We would love to hear from you if you could support the school either by helping with a careers event at the school, at your place of work or by offering work experience. Please contact Sean Badrick on

Measuring Impact

In order to ensure that our careers programme is effective and supports pupils in developing the knowledge and skills they need to progress in their education and future careers, we measure our programme in a variety of ways:

  • Gatsby Benchmarks – The Gatsby Benchmarks are a nationally recognised framework of 8 guidelines which outline what makes the best careers provision in schools. We use the Compass online tool to measure the effectiveness of our careers programme against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.

  • Annual pupil survey

  • Evaluation/feedback forms completed following the career activity

  • Tracking of pupils' destinations once they leave TFS

Turner Schools Careers Newsletter

Term 1

TS Careers Newsletter - Term 1 TFS.pdf

Useful Guides

Making career choices can be a daunting prospect for many young people. This helpful guide gives hints and guidance on how to support your child on their journey through school and into employment. The downloadable guides below will provide a wealth of information for parents on key areas in career progression.


For school and college leavers

COVID-19 has put a stop to a lot of things. Exams. Seeing pals. Watching live sport. But it hasn’t put a stop to apprenticeships - so at least you can crack on with your career.

This guide is packed with advice to help you choose the right path, find virtual work experience, ace your video interviews, and much more.

It also features the Top 100 Apprenticeship Employers 2020-2021, with insights into what it’s like to be an apprentice at each company.


Resources for Pupils

We appreciate that deciding what you want to do with your future is never easy, so we have compiled a selection of resources that should help you to expand your knowledge and hopefully make it easier to discover the right career for you.

No single resource will give you the answers you are looking for, so take the time to use all of these resources and talk to Mrs Jarrett, Careers Adviser and you will soon find there are lots of options open to you.

Make the Futures Yours

Make the Future Yours is an exciting magazine aimed at pupils and their parents involving all things Careers. The magazine is designed to inspire young people to and signpost them to work and education opportunities. It also includes information, advice and case studies to help you or your child make the right career choices.

Labour Market Information

Did you know that you can find out about the employment opportunities and salaries for every job through the LMI For All website? Just go to and enter the career you’re interested to find out more about the workforce for that industry.

When considering future career options it’s important to have a good understanding of the employment prospects within that industry, ie. is it a growing or declining sector?

Here are some examples for you to consider.


GoCompare has put together a report that reveals the riskiest jobs in the UK, seeing how dangerous each industry is and how much it costs the business.

They have analysed average salaries across the UK to find out how much you can earn if you choose to work in one of the top five riskiest professions.