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The Charter School

East Dulwich

Careers, Employability and Raising Aspirations

We are closely following the new government Careers Strategy and Gatsby Benchmarks in our development of a world-class Careers Programme, opening up the world of work for our students, creating excellence in their employability skills, and raising their aspirations. 


We know that regular and high-quality encounters with the world of work directly improves students' employability skills and academic achievement. If students feel ambitious and excited about their futures and can see their pathways ahead, they have strong reasons to engage at school and work hard. A recent report 'Motivated To Achieve' has been instrumental in proving this. The full report is at . On p44, it states that "Nine out of 10 secondary school teachers (93%) said that work experience and employer related activities can help students to do better in exams."

As stated in the Headteacher's Welcome, our role is to equip all our students with the understanding, expertise and character traits that enable them to play a full and productive part in our society. Our Careers Team ensures that every student spends time developing employability skills and has several meaningful careers encounters every term; a combination of Careers Learning in tutor time and PSHE lessons, employer talks and workshops, and visits to workplaces and FE/HE education providers. 

All Year 10 students will participate in a week of work experience from 15-19 June 2020. Students are currently being supported to find productive placements.


Our independent Careers Advisor Desiree Cumberbatch has a one-to-one guidance session with every Yr 9 student, as well as other students who request or especially need her support. Desiree also runs a weekly drop-in session for all students, from 3.10pm to - 4.10pm every Wednesday.

We subscribe to the online careers resource UNIFROG, which offers pathways information, support in choosing options, writing CVs and applications, and a record of all the Careers interactions students have had at school. All students can log on at If any KS3 students haven't yet used Unifrog, individual login details are in an email sent to them from Unifrog. 

We shall send out a Careers Bulletin at the end of every half-term, detailing our comprehensive Careers Programme activities. You can see our previous bulletins at the bottom of this page.

Our Careers team is Assistant Headteacher (responsible for KS4) and Careers Leader Jen Kempster, Careers Coordinator Emily Seed and independent Careers Advisor Desiree Cumberbatch.

If you'd like to discuss our Careers Programme or offer an event through your own work, please contact the team by emailing and, or calling 020 3873 2290.