Careers Programme

Welcome to the Newminster Middle School careers page. High quality, independent careers guidance is  crucial in helping students emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions.

We seek to secure independent careers guidance for all students, so they are inspired and motivated to fulfil their potential. We would like to support every student to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. We hope to inspire every student through more real-life contacts with the world of work which can help them understand where different choices can take them in the future.

Our careers programme provides access to a range of activities that inspire young people, including employer talks, careers fairs, motivational speakers, colleges and university visits, coaches and mentors. We recognise that high quality mentoring can be an an important part of delivering against the duty as it develops the character and confidence needed to build a successful career.  

“At Newminster we’re committed to getting students to think about what they might want to do for a job in the future from a very early stage. The experiences we offer aim to open the eyes to the breadth of choices that exist and we hope to inspire their future career choices.”

This is an overview of some of our embedded activities within the curriculum.

Enterprise Day

A day supported by Northumberland Education Business Partnership and local Business Ambassadors

British Science Day

Supported by STEM Ambassadors from a range of organisations

Women in Engineering Day

A day for KS33 female students to work with female engineers to tackle gender stereotypes

Careers conference and Hopes and dreams day

Encounter face to face contact with different organisations

Year 8 DLE programme

A carousel programme for each student to undertake a visit to 6th form, Newcastle college, Newcastle University

Careers across the curriculum

Authors, artists, sports ambassadors, STEM workshops, Musicians, Code club, Brilliant club, Big bang fair,Girls go digital

DLE Curriculum

Skills based curriculum  

Gatsby BM * 1, 5 1,2,4,7 1,4, 5, 6 6* 8, 1, 4, 5 7,8 4,5,7* 1,4,7
Year 5
Year 6
Year 7 ✔- girls only
Year 8 ✔- girls only

*The Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance is where a set of eight benchmarks have been identified for  schools to use as a framework for improving their careers provision.

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  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