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     Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance



Hospital and Outreach Education’s approach to the delivery of statutory requirement for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance 2020 – 2021

Our vision is to enable all students to make informed choices regarding their next steps by providing impartial, up-to-date information, support and guidance, tailored to their individual, academic and medical needs..


Hospital and Outreach Education is an Alternative Provision Academy for children and young people with medical and mental health needs who cannot attend school full time. As such we operate exactly like a ‘hospital school’ which are exempt from this statutory guidance. The DfE obviously recognises that in settings such as HOE it is not possible to meet all the requirements under the new guidance, given the transient nature of the students we work with, and the impact of their medical and mental health conditions on their ability to access education. Most of our students are also dual registered with their home schools, who have a joint responsibility for this area.

Our Careers Leader is Adam Drake, supported by the Careers Advisor, Carmel Shortland (01604 662250) and a Careers Local Advisory Board member, Gary Telford, and a Careers Trustee, Graham Goss. Our Enterprise Advisor is Deborah Foster.

Our Careers Programme at HOE is committed to a whole school approach to providing current, impartial, independent and varied careers, education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) as defined by the CDI framework and the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks in a variety of ways. 


Our Careers Programme aims to provide:

Encounters with employers, workplaces and further and higher education providers.

Information to  connect the curriculum to careers.

Personalised careers programmes to ensure students receive education that meets their circumstances and aspirations.


Careers Programme


Within HOE, we offer a programme of advice and guidance which is structured,  stable and delivered by appropriately qualified staff with the right skills and experience. 


Prospects provide 1:1, impartial, level 6 careers guidance to ensure students have access to additional external sources of information on the full range of education and training options. Career Companion is our bespoke website that details local colleges, universities, apprenticeship vacancies, as well as being a source of information about different careers.


At HOE, we recognise that good careers guidance is critical to our students because of their vulnerability, and their medical and /or mental health difficulties. Knowing what they want to do in the future helps to motivate and inspire them to complete their studies. Our careers programme is personalised to each pupil’s needs and helps widen their ideas about career opportunities, and raises their aspirations.


HOE Careers Policy 2021

HOE provider access policy statement 2021


Work related learning, enterprise, careers education, information, advice and guidance are very important to us at Hospital and Outreach Education (HOE). We have achieved our ‘Careers Mark’ award which demonstrates our commitment. 

We deliver discrete lessons for our students in our bases for Careers, through our Personal Development Programme, including PSHE.  We work closely with external agencies such as Prospects, SEMLEP, Ask Apprenticeships to ensure information is up-to-date. ALL of our students including our outreach cohort have one-to-one meetings to discuss their aspirations for the future and to put realistic action plans in place.


We are proud to be part of the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP) and are able to liaise with a wide range of businesses both in commerce and industry because of this joint venture. We use their expertise to inspire and motivate students as they make their choices for Post 16 and the world of work. We encourage our teachers to include STEM in their planning and to invite motivational visitors to their lessons.


HOE has completed the Compass assessment against The Gatsby Benchmarks to ensure that we are providing the best service we can for our students, and to challenge ourselves to continuously improve our offer. It will also allow us to challenge schools to ensure they are fulfilling their responsibilities. We complete this termly.


Click here for more information on the Gatsby Benchmarks


Our destination data for all of our students is published on our website. This includes students who have transitioned back to school, and those in KS4 who are moving onto employment, education or training. Last year, 94% of our KS4 students successfully moved onto appropriate destinations. This is one of the key performance indicators that we use to evaluate our curriculum.


Hospital and Outreach Education has its own careers website for the students it supports, called CareerCompanion. Please ask your core teacher for log in details.



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