Market Field School

Market Field School

Learning For Life

Market Field School are committed to providing each and every pupil in the school with high quality education, advice and guidance around careers and the world of work.

Employability is at the heart of everything we do and we aim to prepare every child and every family for the future. Our curriculum is designed to be broad, balanced and relevant to the needs of our young people. It is designed to support pupils in developing high levels of resilience, independence and self awareness.

All pupils in year 10 and above have access to quality careers advice and transition guidance from our careers team. 

At Market Field School students are entitled to a planned programme of careers education, information and guidance and all staff take responsibility for this.


Programme of Careers advice and Guidance breakdown:

KS1 and 2: Curriculum incorporates work related learning topics. Outside learning includes visits to a range of workplaces - supermarkets/fire station/police station/shops/cafes/farms etc. Parents invited to attend EHCP meetings to discuss transition to key stage 2/3 and transitional review as part of the EHCP process. Pupils sit on the school council and act as peer mentors for younger students.

KS3: Vocational pathways are established with pupils route through the school becoming more fixed and following a "Learning to Be", "Learning to Know" or "Learning to Do" curriculum. Focused learning opportunities are provided in Horticulture (Gardening), Catering (Food Technology) and sports leadership. Pupils are an integral part of the school community in the school council. They act as school ambassadors and peer mentors, coaching and leading others and making democratic decisions on behalf of the student body. They take a key role in fundraising across the school, raising awareness and funds for causes of their choosing. They help out across the wider school by taking on understated but important roles (putting chairs away at the end of assembly, showing new parents around at coffee mornings). For the academic year 2019-20 they will also act as prefects as they will be the oldest students on our Elmstead Market site.

In year 9 students will undertake travel training, further enabling their independence. An Independent Advice and Guidance adviser employed by Essex Local Education Authority sit in on year 9 transition review meetings (as part of the wider EHCP meeting). PSHE includes lessons on the world of work and employability skills.

KS4 (Year 10/11): All students capable of doing so undertake periods of work related learning, this ranges from two weeks of work in an external work placement (carefully chosen by our work experience team) to working as a wider group in supported employment. Focused PSHE sessions on the world of work and employability skills and include CV writing, interview technique and budgeting. 

Vocational Learning opportunities are offered on all of our curriculum pathways and include horticulture, health and social care, catering, sports leadership, Arts and creative media, Performing Arts (Drama), Communication, Peer Mentoring and STEM. 

As in Key Stage 3, students act as school ambassadors and peer mentors with our year 11 students taking on the roles of school prefect and supporting in roles across the school (helping out at Wet Play, acting as runners for school events).

Regular meetings with our CEIAG team are offered in both year 10 and 11 and students are supported in these meetings where necessary by a familiar member of their class team. 

Market Field College - year 12 and beyond:

The curriculum delivered to our college students is mainly vocational in its content. Pupils are developing themselves as individuals and young adults preparing for adulthood by engaging in a huge range of activities centred around independence and employability. Within their chosen curriculum pathways, students develop skills in Catering and Hospitality, Health and Social Care, Engineering, Creative Media and Horticulture. Through these subjects they develop transferable employability  skills in customer service, Functional English and Maths, health and safety in the workplace, food safety in the workplace and first aid, amongst a wide variety of other things. 

College students also complete work experience placements with partner businesses and organisations which include extended work experiences and placements. Our learners at college participate in:

  • transition meetings with key staff regarding onward journeys
  • Careers meetings throughout the year
  • Careers events including STEM specific topics 


Gatsby Benchmarking:

1. A Stable Careers Programme:

Regular input for all students in year 9 and above with our Essex IAG advisers as well as our own school CEIAG team. Independent careers advice meetings are available to all students upon request.

Employability Skills accredited course offered to all students in year 12 and above which covers CV writing, preparation for interviews, behaviour in the workplace, communication skills, job hunting and application and other skills.

Mock interviews provided for all students.

2. Encounters with Further and Higher Education:

Regular liaison with other post 16 providers and visits organised to look at alternative provision which may be better suited to the individual student, wherever they are in their pathway through school.

3. Learning from Career and Labour market information:

Close links forged with local job centres and the department for work and pensions. Attendance at college open events and career adviser events to FE and HE settings allow us to gain an idea of local labour needs. We carry out audits of skills shortages, desires and needs of students and experiences gained from work experiences and placements.

4. Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil:

Students are matched to a pathway which best suits their needs on entry to the school and this is monitored and reviewed regularly throughout their school experience. As they get closer to Key Stage 4 and college, questionnaires are sent to students as well as parents/carers to help focus the curriculum further to meet their individual needs. CEIAG meetings are offered to help students explore the world of work.

5. Experiences of Workplaces:

All pupils who are able to take part in work experience, whether independent or supported. The time spent on work experience/placement increases throughout KS4 and KS5 so that by year 13 students may be out on placement more than they are actively in college. Enterprise and fundraising projects take place throughout the school at different times of the year.

6. Linking curriculum learning to careers:

The Curriculum is closely aligned to employability from the placement on well designed pathways at entry to the school. As students progress through school and college, they have access to KUDOS and computer based learning to help them explore possible career opportunities which could be of interest to them. 

7. Encounters with Employers and Employees

Visiting speakers in school assembly from some of our Work Experience placements, transition evenings to allow students and their parents/carers to explore future career options are attended by local employers including Waitrose, local building and Engineering firms and the Essex Wildlife Trust.

8. Personal Guidance:

College students access careers advice interviews at different points across years 12 and 13. These are a mixture of formal and informal meetings and can always be requested by a student. KS4 students participate in interviews with a careers adviser to help them make informed choices about their next step. Pupils in Key Stage 3 and 4 are also offered informal advice by their form tutors which are supported by guidance from our careers adviser and IAG advisers from Essex. 


Looking forward - development of CEIAG 2019 and beyond:

  • Creating a student job shop advertising local vacancies suitable for part time work opportunities/apprenticeships
  • Creating a Welcome Pack for local employers with advice on supporting an employee with Autism or other learning difficulties
  • FIS Employability assessments to be undertaken at key intervals to show progression of employability skills throughout college
  • Further developing our employer database
  • Supporting local employers in gaining disability confident accreditation
  • Inviting more employers in to talk about their business/company
  • Developing further links with national employers - in particular Costa Coffee, the NHS and the Entertainer
  • Visits to farms to support the development of Market Field Farm and the 2020 vision
  • Further refining the 3rd year at college to focus on the exact needs and requirements of local employers


For more information on our CEIAG programme, please contact Claire Skeggs: