Careers Guidance


Furness Academy has a comprehensive Careers Education programme. This is led by Mrs A Rawlinson, Director of PSHE, Careers and Guidance, supported by the wider Personal Development team. This programme is implemented as a spiral curriculum, starting in Year 7 and progressing through the student’s time with us, culminating in detailed preparation for further education or the world of work in Year 11. Our curriculum is constantly evolving, both in formal Personal Development lessons taught in the classroom, to more interactive learning in the workplace, educational visits, presentations, lectures and much more. 

Mrs Rawlinson’s key aim of the Careers Guidance curriculum and programme is provide students with practical, meaningful education and experiences surrounding the world of work, expand their expectation of opportunities available and have the tools to manage in an ever-changing and shifting work landscape. She believes, it is crucial that students are taken on a journey of careers progression which equips them from the beginning of their journey at Furness Academy to leave us with the skills and abilities to become valuable members of the workplace and their community. We aim for students to be confident in their own abilities, and understand their value in the world of work, knowing they can achieve their careers goals, aims and aspirations. Mrs Rawlinson can be contacted via email at or phone via 01229 484270.


Careers Policies

Careers Programme

We pride ourselves on our student progression. Our students are individuals and each has an individualised careers progression plan. In 2020, all school leavers progressed on to either further education, training and work placements, apprenticeships or further study.

Our Personal Development team work closely with our wider careers community to offer our students a bespoke careers package. We pride ourselves on our strong connections with South Cumbria, national and international employers. Our students have a 50 minute lesson every week within personal development where time is spent working on careers education. Our students careers entitlement is designed to give the best possible start to careers pathways, no matter what that may be.

Through a planned programme of activities within PD and wider subjects, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Furness Academy seeks to help all students to take their place as suitably qualified and responsible adults within society. Our focus is to explore career and option choices, raising the aspirations and achievement of individual students and help to equip them with the ‘soft’ skills required as a foundation for managing their lifelong career and learning.

Furness Academy ensuring that the CEIAG programme we deliver follows local, regional and national frameworks for good practice and other relevant guidance, such as the Gatsby Benchmarks for good career guidance (see further details).

Find out more information about our careers programme by clicking into each of the areas below.

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Measure and Assessment of Impact


A number of events, integrated into the Academy careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into the academy to speak to students and/or their parents. Please speak to Mrs Rawlinson to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

T Levels

Furness College have received a few enquiries about applying for their new T Levels starting in 2021. They are available in Digital, Health, Science and Education & Childcare and are equivalent to 3 A Levels. If you want to find out more about studying T Levels, please take a look at the presentation here from Assistant Principal Curriculum Sue Hannan. There is also more information on their website:

If you need any more information please email Sandra Rollinson at

They are creating a group via this link T LEVELS INFORMATION GROUP once you have signed up they will send all those interested parents/pupils the latest information on the qualification as we move closer to September.

Review of Information: August 2020

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