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A good education for students including their personal development & academic achievement. Ofsted 2013


Careers Education

A young person’s career is the progress they make in learning & work.

Therefore, all young people need a planned programme of activities to help them chose 14-19 pathways that are right for them. Cardinal Newman School and the Newman 6th are committed to providing a planned programme of Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7-13.

The School’s Careers Coordinator works closely with year teams, subject departments and Luton Youth Services so as to provide a complete package that enables our students to make informed choices and decisions about their potential career path.

Year 7   

Introduction to Careers Education

 A whole year assembly is made to Year 7 students so as to introduce Careers Education. The careers programme for years 7-11 is outlined to them. They are subsequently given the opportunity to try out different careers related skills and activities to see which ones they are better at and which ones they enjoy. These skills help students identify their own particular strengths and weakness and interest in relation to different types of work. After each activity they are able to map out key skills they have gained and summarise how well they did.

The emphasis at this stage is to for students to find out more about themselves.

Year 8

In Year 7 we introduced the concept that it is important for students to start thinking about their future and what they need to do to be successful at an early stage. We continue to develop students’ self-awareness by continuing to explore the employability skills.

Young people today will not stay in the same job/career throughout their life as previous generations have. It is proven that that they will move between careers much more and some will have up to eight major changes throughout their working lives. Thus employability or transferable skills are very significant in helping young people to manage changes in their career paths.

Year 9   

Students are introduced to diagnostic software programmes which focus on their strengths and interests linked to subject area to support them in making good decisions about the next stage of their education. Subject information is linked to progression and career areas.

Each student is given support and guidance throughout the GCSE options process. Academic mentors work closely with students and parents to ensure appropriate choices are made and a smooth transition into KS4. Students are invited to attend The Careers Fair in school where a list of employers, outside agencies, colleges & sixth form attend.

Year 10

In addition to the careers programme which covers self-development, career exploration and career management, students are given the opportunity to experience the world of work through work experience for one week. Additionally, students are also able to attend a Careers Fair which enables them to meet employers and gain information about entry requirements and career opportunities.

Year 11

The careers programme at this stage again visits transferable skills and qualifications required for various careers. It also incorporates information about different courses and qualifications such as the new T qualifications available post 16, successful completion of application forms, CV writing and interview skills. Students will be encouraged to explore and make use of The National Careers Service website and software programmes available through school.

Students are offered Careers Interviews and will be able to take part in group work to support the next stage of their career development. Academic mentoring will ensure that all students make appropriate applications onto post 16 pathways to ensure successful and happy transitions.

Luton Youth Services Careers

The Careers programme is designed to help pupils develop the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices, preparing them for the next step be it Further Education, Employment or Training.

Independent Impartial Advice and Guidance is provided by our Careers Adviser, Shakeel Chowdhery from Youth Advice Luton Borough Council, and supports pupils in the process of making informed decisions about post 16 choices & options available to them.

The Independent & Impartial support enables the Pupils to take the relevant decisions at important transition points such as GCSE & post year 11 options.

1 to 1 guidance Interviews and group work activities help the pupils to:

  • Develop self-awareness and independent thinking.
  • Understand the decision making process.
  • Understand the information on current Labour Market Information.
  • Set themselves SMART goals based on their interests and aspirations.
  • Understand what is available locally and regionally in terms of further Education.
  • Make sense of varied and often confusing information about post year 11 qualifications and levels.
  • Prepare for the world of work.


We work in partnership with external agencies thereby offering the students a Careers Fair & Work Experience. For example, Develop EBP provide the school with Work Experience placements for our Year 10 students.

Local employers are invited into the school to lead assemblies and deliver workshops to the upper years, Barclays Bank, Vauxhall Luton Borough Council along with the Job centre.

 An Apprenticeship workshop is delivered to Year 11’s, where Luton Borough Council and other apprenticeship providers guide and help students with registering, making on line applications and interview techniques.

T level qualification

Between now and 2022, 15 new pathways will be developed in 15 sector areas where substantial technical training is required to progress into employment. These courses have also been referred to as Tech Levels.

It’s possible that some of the technical routes can be offered in schools, but it’s more likely that you would take these courses in a college because of the technical nature of the training required.

These new routes are currently being developed; the first ‘pathfinder’ routes are planned for teaching in September 2019 and the rest should be in place by September 2022.

Technical routes will be developed in 15 sector areas:

Agriculture, Environmental and Animal Care

Business and Administrative

Catering and Hospitality

Childcare and Education


Creative and Design


Engineering and Manufacturing

Hair and Beauty

Health and Science

Legal, Finance and Accounting

Protective Services

Sales, Marketing and Procurement

Social Care

Transport and Logistics

For further information please visit the website.

Post 16 Options

I enclose a list of colleges and schools/school sixth forms in the Luton area. For you to research the different options for your Son/Daughter

Applications to Luton Sixth Form College and Barnfield College start in January however some students wish to start applying earlier.                                                       

Applications to some of the school sixth forms will start earlier than some of the colleges. For example Cardinal Newman and Harlington Upper Schools start their application process between September and November.

Students can apply to as many colleges/school sixth forms as they wish, before making a final choice.

Most colleges and schools now have comprehensive information on their websites. The best way to start researching the various options is to look at the college/school websites to find out about the subjects and the different types of course offered. 


Apprenticeships (training with pay in the work place)

This is an alternative to full-time college and there is now a large national database of apprenticeship vacancies. It is very helpful to be familiar with this database.

Some companies will advertise their September vacancies in the New Year. 

The apprenticeship website is

See below for the 'Parent's guide to apprenticeships' PDF document. If you have any questions regarding post 16 options, please contact.


Miss McNeil -Careers Co-ordinator

Cardinal Newman -01582 587502


Colleges and school sixth forms in the Luton area

Cardinal Newman Sixth Form

Tel: 01582-597125

Warden Hill Rd, Luton, Bedfordshire LU2 7AE


Ms Rosa Palmiero 

Higher Education Advisor N6

Cardinal Newman -01582 587580



Barnfield College       

Tel: 01582 569600 or 01582 569569

Barnfield College, New Bedford Road Campus, New Bedford Road, Luton LU2 7BF

Barnfield College, Technology Campus, Enterprise Way, Luton, LU3 4BU                     


Barnfield West Academy Sixth Form

Tel: 01582 569569

Barnfield West Academy, Leagrave High Street, Luton, LU4 0NE                     


Barnfield South Academy Sixth Form

Tel: 01582 569569

Barnfield South Academy, Rotherham Avenue, Luton, LU1 5PP                     


Luton Sixth Form College

Tel: 01582 877500

Luton Sixth Form College, Bradgers Hill Road, Luton, LU2 7EW


Central Bedfordshire College

Tel:  01582 477776

Kingsway, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU5 4HG

Bedford College

Tel: 01234 291000

Bedford College, Cauldwell Street, Bedford, MK42 9AH


The Bedford Sixth Form (Part of Bedford College)

01234 291291

Bromham Road, Bedford, MK40 2BS


Shuttleworth College (Part of Bedford College)

Tel: 01767 626222

Old Warden Park, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9DX


UTC – (University Technical College) in Dunstable (engineering and design courses)

LU5 Tel: 01582 867 756

Kingsland Skills Centre, Parkside Drive, Dunstable, Bedfordshire LU5 5PY


Oaklands College  (outside St Albans)

01727 737000

St Albans Campus, Hatfield Rd, St Albans, Hertfordshire AL4 0JA                         


Harlington Upper School (6th Form)

Tel 01525 755100

Goswell End Rd, Harlington, Dunstable LU5 6NX


Milton Keynes College

Tel: 01908 684444

Chaffron Way Campus, Leadenhall, Milton Keynes MK6 5LP


Redbourne School Sixth Form

01525 404462

Flitwick Rd Ampthill, Bedford MK45 2NU


Manshead Upper School (School Sixth Form)

Tel: 01582 679400

Dunstable Road, Caddington, Bedfordshire, LU1 4BB


Queensbury Academy (School Sixth Form)

Tel: 01582 601241

Langdale Rd Dunstable, Bedford LU6 3BU


Sir John Lawes school in Harpenden (School Sixth Form)

Tel: 01582 760043

Manland Way, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 4QP

A Level Consortium – Roundwood Park, Sir John Lawes and St Georges Schools


Roundwood Park School in Harpenden (School Sixth Form)

Tel: 01582 765344

Roundwood Park School, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 3AE

A Level Consortium – Roundwood Park, Sir John Lawes and St Georges Schools


St Georges High School in Harpenden  (School Sixth Form)

Tel: 01582-765477

Sun Lane, Harpenden, Hertfordshire AL5 4TD

A Level Consortium – Roundwood Park, Sir John Lawes and St Georges Schools 


Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

What is RPA?

The Government has changed the law so that from start of the 2013/14 academic year, all young people are required to continue in education or training:

• Until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17.

• From summer 2015 this will be until their 18th birthday.

The information here will help you to understand what this means for you and your child.

If your child left year 11 in summer 2013 they will need to continue in education or training until at least the end of the academic year in which they turn 17. A child currently in year 10 or below will need to continue until at least their 18th birthday.

This does not necessarily mean staying in school; young people have a choice about how they continue in education or training post-16, which could be through:

• Full-time study in a school, college or with a training provider.

• Full-time work or volunteering combined with part-time education or training.

• An Apprenticeship (

Why has this changed?

The vast majority of 16 and 17 year olds already continue in some form of education or training. However, the small group of young people not participating includes some of the most vulnerable. We want to give all young people the opportunity to develop the skills they need for adult life and to achieve their full potential.

What does this mean?

The legal requirement to participate is on your son or daughter. This is because we know that, at 16, young people are starting to make – and take responsibility for – the decisions that affect their future. The Government is investing more than ever to provide fully-funded education and training places for all 16-19 year-olds who want to take them.

We know that you will be providing support and guidance to your child as they make these important decisions about their future, but there are also other sources of help.

 The Government has changed the law the law to make schools responsible for securing independent careers guidance for their pupils in years 9-11 (to be extended to years 8-13 from September 2013). This is because we think your child’s school or college is best placed to secure the advice and support they need to help them decide what option is best for them. Your child can also contact trained advisers for impartial advice at the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 (open from 8.00am to 10pm, seven days a week) – and they can use the web-chat service by accessing the website at

Your local authority is also responsible for making sure all young people have a suitable offer of a place in education or training and you can contact them directly for more information. You can find contact details for your local authority through the website here:

What happens if my child doesn’t participate?

The law has changed, but there will be no action taken against any young people who don’t participate. We want to encourage your child to participate because of the benefits it will bring – this is the reason why the vast majority of 16 and 17 year-olds already choose to continue in education or training. By changing the law, we have made sure that all young people have the opportunity to access the learning option that’s right for them and improve their long-term prospects.

Your local authority is responsible for identifying and supporting 16-17 year olds who are not participating and will be working to ensure that young people are enrolled on a suitable education or training place.

Is financial support available for my child?

The 16-19 Bursary Fund provides financial support to help with essential education-related costs like transport to their school or college, a lunchtime meal or any equipment they might need for their course. You can find out more about the 16-19

Bursary Fund here:

Where can I find out more?

More information on RPA is available here:

  2. Parent-Guide-Apprenticeships