At KTS, we ensure that we meet all the critera required to meet the needs of our students. We monitor our
progress using Compass, which is a Careers Benchmark Tool. Using this tool, we can see directly how we are meeting the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks. Please click on the link below to see how we are currently
meeting this criteria.
Every class throughout Upper School delivers an individually adapted Careers session each week, which includes either an enterprise activity or
work experience placement. The students follow the 'Careers at Every Level' or 'Bambino' programmes designed by Talentino. For more information regarding Talentino, please visit their website using
the link below.
KTS Academy, Cleveland
has been assessed and accredited as
"Fully meeting all the accreditation criteria incorporating the Gatsby
The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and
guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning.
Last year, our school submitted evidence to show how we are working towards achieving the standard, this
included how we are meeting the eight Gatsby benchmarks which are a national framework for good career guidance.
Our remote assessment visit took place on 8th November 2021 and our school was inspected to determine
the quality of our career’s education.
Our assessor spoke to pupils, parents, staff and outside career providers to determine how we implement
careers and the impact it has on our young people.
We are pleased to announce we have achieved the award!
We would like to thank everyone that was involved in the assessment and also to all of our young people in
school who actively engage in their learning.
Comments from our assessor:
‘There is a clear strategic vision, strong commitment and effective management of CEIAG providing a cohesive
approach to its delivery within the School.’
‘CEIAG is delivered through the Preparation for Adulthood programme which is robust and mapped to
employability skills and the CDi Framework.’
‘The School uses student voice well to inform it’s CEIAG programme.’
‘Excellent use is made of the Alumni in order for students to understand progression routes available to
‘There are excellent links with key stakeholders to ensure successful transition for their
Please click on the link below to find out more information about the National Careers Service.
On Thursday 5th March, we held our annual Careers Information Day at KTS Academy. On the morning of the
event, students participated in interactive sessions and encounters with people from different job roles and sectors. Students at our main site enjoyed sessions with providers from the Fire Service,
Beyond Boundaries, St. John’s Ambulance, Kirkleatham Owl Museum and Middlesbrough Football Club Foundation.
Students based at our KTS+ site on St. Margaret’s Way enjoyed sessions with Middlesbrough College, Redcar
& Cleveland College, Project Choice, Fire Service, Guisborough Central Day Service and Apprenticeships.
Parents were invited to the ‘information hub’ at KTS+ on the afternoon. This area enabled people from
different services to provide guidance and advice to parents on courses, transitions, careers advice and benefits and student finance.
Our students thoroughly enjoyed taking part and people who attended our event gave really positive feedback
afterwards.KTS would like to say a huge thank you to everyone that attended and we hope to see you again next year!
Redcar & Cleveland Preparing for Adulthood Launch.
Some of our older students have been involved in the Redcar & Cleveland Preparing for Adulthood Launch.
Sam was recorded at his work experience placement at James Cook University Hospital. He talked about his P.F.A journey and his role at the hospital, well done Sam! Sam also joined James and
Jake at the official P.F.A launch at Inspire2learn. They spoke about their hopes and aspirations for the future and what areas of support they receive to work towards their goals. We will be
involving other students in the future P.F.A meetings which have been arranged to maximise support for our young people in their independence, community inclusion, health and employment and
Redcar & Cleveland Enterprise Challenge
Some of our students are involved in the Redcar and Cleveland Enterprise Challenge. They first attended an
Enterprise Challenge Launch at Inspire2Learn where they listened to local entrepreneurs and worked with students from other schools on an Enterprise challenge. Over recent months, our students
have worked on the challenge in school. They worked together to create a business proposal, which could maximise sales for the Tour De Yorkshire. Ainsley Mullen who is Enterprise Advisor with the
Council has come into school to support the business group in developing their ideas. They have decided to design commemorative badges, fridge magnets and keyrings personally designed by our
students. The Tour de Yorkshire has been cancelled because of the current situation and now schools taking part in the competition are to meet later in the year to pitch their ideas at the final
JPC Community Farm "It was a chance to network and ensure we can all work together to help the students fulfil their potential. There were lots of contacts and being a new business, we were able to
spread the word. A super venue with such caring staff.”
Prior Pursglove College "We got to speak to both parents and students about possible career progression. We gained insight into
the interests and their progression hopes, and we also a chance to meet and network with other providers. We were made to feel very welcome by everyone."
Middlesbrough Football Club "The pupils really enjoyed the bus and Rory and we
introduced them to the bus ahead of using it as a classroom. We met staff and students, which is great ahead of working together. Let’s set up a launch day and then discuss what MFS Foundation
can do in partnership with KTS."
Redcar and Cleveland Travel Training "Great interaction with young people and their
families. Wonderful to meet other agencies and a fabulous networking opportunity. We made contacts with other useful agencies and it is a good opportunity to meet young people and introduce our
service. KTS staff are always helpful and professional – Thank You."
Fire Service “I learned about the different jobs the fire service does in our
community, I enjoyed learning about the speed limit changes on the truck.”
Middlesbrough College “I have learned about Middlesbrough and their courses and
services. Middlesbrough go offsite to do practical and work experience.”
Redcar College “We learnt about different courses they do, they talked about
childcare where you have to check the temperature of the bath.”
Project Choice “In Project Choice, they would have us working in a job and
learning how to work and it looked really good.”
Guisborough Central “We learnt about different jobs where you can work outdoors
and indoors. You can work on a farm or a vet and many more.”
Apprenticships “We learnt about the different apprenticeship’s vacancies on the
GOV website and how to apply.”
Middlesbrough Football Club “I learnt how players kept in top shape and what they
do in their spare time and I enjoyed the challenge and playing on the Xbox.”
Fire Service “I liked the fire engine and the
Beyond Boundaries “I learnt how to use a
drill and how old a tree is by the rings on the wood.”
St. John's Ambulance “I liked listening to how I can help people and taking
Kirkleatham Owl Museum “I liked the owl
museum my favourite animal was the owl.”
Middlesbrough Football Club “I loved the MFC Bus, it had lots of