Katie Stafford
Assistant Principal, Futures and Community


Welcome to the Magna Academy Careers, Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) initiative called Futures. 

At Magna Academy, we understand just how important CEIAG is for our young people. Effective careers education underpins academic success and wellbeing in future life. We do not want our young people to view their future employment as something that is separate from their rest of their lives or the careers education as something that separate from their academic learning. Therefore, at Magna Academy we call CEIAG our Futures Programme.

Futures is not just about a student’s career, it is about who they are going to become. To make these important decisions students need to think carefully about themselves considering what they enjoy and what they are good at. Their futures should excite them and with hard work and with the right decisions and choices our students will end up doing something they love and which will make them very happy. 

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Please see our Futures Learning Journey for: KS3/4   KS5


At Magna Academy we ensure that we implement the Gatsby Benchmarks. In 2013, Gatsby commissioned Sir John Holman to set out what career guidance in England would be like if it were good by international standards, resulting in the Good Career Guidance report

The eight benchmarks set out in the report serve as a framework for improvement in careers provision and have been adopted as part of the Government’s Careers Strategy and statutory guidance for schools and college. Magna Academy meets 100% of the Gatsby benchmarks, please read our report here.

Please read more about the report here- https://www.gatsby.org.uk/education/focus-areas/good-career-guidance 

The Gatsby Benchmarks came together after research from around the world.- The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

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



Helpful sites to support our Futures Programme


UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. It is the centralised service UCAS home pagethat students use to apply to university. Through UCAS students can select and apply to universities, the universities take your proposal and decide whether or not to offer you a place. UCAS is an independent charity providing information, advice, and admissions services. They are there to help people figure out what the next step in their education might be, and to support them when they take that step.

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Find out how to become an apprentice, what apprenticeships are available, which employers offer them and information about starting your apprenticeship.


Amazing ApprenticeshipsAmazing Apprenticeships is a leading organisation in the education sector, founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote the benefits. As experts on apprenticeships and vocational education, they influence the way that apprenticeships are perceived and drive forward innovative and creative work in England and internationally, to ensure that more individuals and businesses can access the benefits of apprenticeships.


The Skills Builder Universal Framework shows how to build essential skills at every stage of life.



The aim of Career Pilot is to increase the progression of young people to higher level study through providing online, impartial information and support on the many routes to higher level study. It helps students identify their GCSE, post-16 and post-18 options with sections dedicated to a variety of qualifications, finding providers, researching courses and job sectors. With up-to-date information about volunteering, financial support, disability support, myth-busting and testimonials; Careerpilot has it all.


NCS is a space where young people can become world ready and work ready, and raise their voice to make a positive difference toHomegether. Where they can explore who they are and who they want to be, with no fear of judgement or failure. Where they can step out and step up, and get a taste of independence on their own terms. A space for everyone to feel at home, no matter where they’re from. To connect with other like-minds, learn new skills, make an impact in their community and better their employability.


ProvideNational Careers Service - London - Customer Feedbacks careers information, advice and guidance. We can help you to make decisions on learning, training and work at all stages in your career.





Dorset and Somerset Training Provider Network are proud to launch ‘Your Future Sorted’, a provider directory for Dorset and Somerset – providing school students, parents, teachers, and stakeholders with…

  • Your future training and career options
  • Apprenticeship, T-Level, and other programmes explained
  • Training provider – details and who and where they are.
Where next

Application Process

Step 1: Futures Guidance A key part of the Futures programme for students in Years 10 and 11 is learning about the many different pathways…

Apply now to our Ofsted Outstanding Sixth Form

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