Interim Careers Lead: Mr A MacIntyre

The Careers Department at Kirkburton Middle School provides essential information, advice and guidance to students on a wide range of issues that help them build the skills they will need for working life and their future.

The world of work has undergone significant changes in recent years and continues to do so and it is therefore even more important that we equip our students with the necessary skills for them to make decisions about their future, to know how and where to access information and to link subject areas and qualifications with possible career choices.

In 2021 we hope to start work towards the Quality in Careers Standard Award. (This has been delayed due to the closure of the school).

Kirkburton Middle School has been working hard towards the 8 Gatsby benchmarks and have reached 100% in 7 out of 8 of the benchmarks, as set out in ‘Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’ (DFE Publication Dec 2017)

We aim to offer:

  • A stable career programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance


Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CIAG)

CIAG is available to all of our students, to enable them to make informed decisions about their education and careers choices. An overview of the service that is offered at Kirkburton Middle School can be seen below.

Careers Resources

We have a small collection of careers resources in our School Library.

Elements of the Careers curriculum are covered in most subject areas as well as in Life Lessons and during class time.

We have Careers assemblies on Apprenticeships, LMI (labour market information) T levels, available routes, stereotyping and employability skills.

We have well-being and Careers drop down days.  We also have weeks where all subjects start their lessons in reference to Careers in the Curriculum.

Staff are encouraged to invite speakers into school to enhance the Careers provision within their own subjects.  Last year the students were lucky enough to meet a judge and a screenwriter.

Careers Fair

We attend a Careers Fair for all students in Year 8. 2019 was the first year we went to a careers fair but we aim to do every year and our 2019 visit to Scissett Middle School involved lots of employers and educators from both regional and national organisations offering advice and information on apprenticeships, work, Higher and Further Education.  This was unfortunately cancelled due to the schools closing but the offer of a virtual Careers fair has been offered through social media.  This year the year 8 students will be attending a Careers Fair virtually in their life lessons.

Delivery & Content of Programmes

Students in all year groups receive Careers provision during pastoral sessions, tutorials and during Learning for Life lessons.

Careers Policy

Careers Information

Careers Information for Pupils

Curriculum Content

In Year 6 all students:

  • Attend an assembly on Careers information
  • Attend an assembly on What is an Apprenticeship?
  • Attend assemblies on different industries
  • Complete Well Being in Life lessons
  • Complete Money Matters in drop down sessions.
  • Careers in the curriculum in a variety of subjects.

In Year 7 all students:

  • Complete Well Being in Life lessons
  • Attend an assembly on Careers information
  • Attend an assembly on What is an Apprenticeship?
  • Attend an assembly on different Industries
  • Attend an assembly on the Labour Market
  • Complete a Careers programme in Life lessons
  • Visit Magna for a STEM career exhibition 
  • Careers in the curriculum drop down Starters in lessons
  • Workplace visit to Barnsley College with the opportunity to attend taster sessions
  • Careers in the curriculum in a variety of subjects

In Year 8 all students:

  • Complete Well Being in Life lessons
  • Attend an assembly on Careers information
  • Attend an assembly on What is an Apprenticeship?
  • Attend an assembly on different Industries
  • Attend an assembly on the Labour Market
  • Attend an assembly on ‘options and Shelley College’
  • Complete a Careers programme in Life lessons
  • Careers in the curriculum drop down starters in lessons
  • University Visit – Huddersfield 
  • Higher education visit – Huddersfield New College
  • Work on Careers in the Curriculum in Design Technology and Science
  • Careers Fair 
  • Careers in the curriculum in a variety of subjects.
  • All year 8 students will attend a virtual open day for Kirklees College, UTC in Leeds and Huddersfield University.
  • All year 8 students will attend a virtual Careers fair.


Student Entitlement

  • Careers guidance from a suitably qualified professional
  • Be treated with respect
  • The opportunity to gain the skills that you need to prosper in your chosen career
  • Information about all the options open to you at 14, 16 and 18 years of age
  • Be referred for extra support if you need it and other agencies where appropriate

Further information

For further information on Careers Advice and Guidance, you can access free support from the National Careers Service online or by phone on 0800 100 900.


Useful Links for Pupils


Help You Choose

The Balance Careers


Amazing Apprenticeships

I Could

The Institute of Engineering & Technology

BBC Bitesize

Career Alchemy

Inform All LMI Information


Useful Links for Parents

Parent Advisor

C&K Careers

Future Goals

Careers Toolkit

T Levels Explained


FutureGoals - 


Parent and Carer Resources, developed through the Kirklees Careers Hub, are now live at !


These resources will support them to have informative career conversations with their children, ensuring young people have the skills, training and qualifications needed to meet the future needs of the economy.


Designed with specific themes, the resources offer tools and guidance on;


•         Understanding qualifications

•         Learning how to identify different skillsets

•         Exploring opportunities in future jobs within Leeds City Region

•         Looking outside the box when considering employment opportunities.



Useful Links for Teachers

Amazing Apprenticeships


Useful Information for Employers

Would you like to engage with the school and your potential clients and employees? Activities to get involved with are:

  • Attend our Careers Fair – have you got a career that you could talk to the students about?  We invite all year 7 and 8 from Scissett Middle School and Year 8 Kirkburton students to attend – it is usually in early May. (This will resume after Covid)
  • Offer a workplace visit – our Year 7 and 8 students really find visiting real places of work extremely valuable.
  • Deliver a spotlight session – speak to our students about the career path you have taken to provide them information on specific career areas.
  • Join our Alumni network and find out about employer events and opportunities within school. 
  • Join either school on Twitter, we will let you know about any upcoming events that you may want to be involved in.
  • Find out more about engaging with schools and consider signing up for ‘Give an hour’ (specifying Scissett and Kirkburton Middle School when you sign up)
  • If you are interested in working with either school please contact

For more information on how your business can get involved with schools:

If you would like to get involved and support the work that is being done at Kirkburton Middle School we would really like to hear from you.


Regional labour market summary

The creative and media sector continues to grow in the region, following Channel 4, Sky and other major organisations' arrival. 

The region has seen growth of its gaming, hair and make-up and creative hubs, such as the Barnsley's Digital Media Centre, which has recently grown by up to 100 jobs in its digital and creative hubs. 

The continued growth of the regions digital, legal and financial services sector has attracted a large Australian company to open new offices in Leeds creating hundreds of new jobs. 

There has also been further growth in the regions specialist science sector and the region's plans to be a leader in offshore wind technology continue to develop. The food sector is growing its range of new products, including plant-based foodstuffs. 

In construction, the picture is mixed with two of the region’s large companies, Clugston and Bardsley, going into administration. Companies with projects linked to new technologies are growing but other parts of construction more reliant on the public sector and infrastructure are struggling. The industry also has problems with skill shortages in some craft trades and in plant operations. 

The manufacturing sector is also experiencing a mixed picture with advanced manufacturing expanding but older style production struggling. Large retail companies are still experiencing problems on the High Street with many seeing Christmas sales down on previous years. 

More specialist consumer businesses such as Skopes and Mulberry and smaller, local specialist retailers are doing better.  


Careers Information


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Advice for Muslim Parents

Under Sharia law paying interest is prohibited.

For any Muslim parents who would like information on university cost please see this website.


Advice for Parents of SEND pupils

Disability Rights UK has some excellent careers advice. Please click here.


Skills Careers activities booklet

 Skills Careers activities booklet

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Careers work to work on from home






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