Quality Careers at New College Leicester

Quality Careers at New College Leicester

We are proud to have retained the Quality in Careers Standard Gold award, recognising the quality and breadth of our careers provision.

The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in secondary schools, colleges and work-based learning. Accessible in England, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands, the standard is fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance.


Following an in-depth external assessment, New College was praised for its use of CEIAG, which underpins the whole school ethos and, as acknowledge by the assessor, raises “student aspiration through activities which develop ambition, self-confidence, communication and employability skills.”

The assessment included a review of New College Leicester’s evidence portfolio, turning the spotlight on four key areas:

  1. Management – the effectiveness of systems for planning, managing and implementing CEIAG
  2. Information – the accessibility, relevance, importance and effectiveness of information
  3. Advice and Guidance – the effectiveness of an integrated programme of advice, guidance and support
  4. Career Learning – how effectively the curriculum supports the development of learners’ knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes

A fifth component, Learning Outcomes, is also assessed in person via the learners.

Valid for two years, the award is highly regarded – and the latest Department for Education’s (DfE) statutory guidance to colleges builds heavily upon the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Careers Guidance”, strongly recommending that all secondary schools work towards and achieve the national Quality in Careers Standard.

Speaking on the success, our Principal, Jane Brown, said: “We are delighted that our Career Mark assessment has successfully passed the verification process again and it’s a credit to our entre team to have consistently achieved the high standard demanded by the award.

“Our Careers and Employability Strategy provides a strategic framework and direction that recognises the challenges of New College Leicester’s location and associated deprivation indicators, with a commitment to breaking the cycle of disadvantage and improving social mobility, which is a key part of the school’s masterplan.

“And success, in this instance, can be measured by the size of our sixth form. Once large, we now have just a few sixth form students – this is because our students, as a result of the programme, now have the confidence and self-belief to travel into the city centre and further afield; with 87% of students going into other city based Further Education or sixth form college establishments. Another success indicator is the low number of those students not in employment, education or training.

“Congratulations to everybody involved.”

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