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SLT Careers Lead:

Mrs H Grundy
tel: 01204 301 351

Careers Advisor:

Mrs O Banner


We are excited to celebrate National Careers Week 2021 on the 1st to the 5th March. See below a fantastic opportunity for you to join live broadcasts...


Click on the pdf below for the full overview

Live Broadcast Schedule

Speakers for Schools are excited to present our weekly Broadcast schedule! This schedule will be updated regularly and talks will be targeted to different age groups and is accessible via the links below. The Inspiration Team will host these events a few times a term for students to attend at home.

To view anonymously, click the on Broadcast link in the schedule below and select: (Watch on the web instead > Join anonymously). Watch how to join the Broadcast

Tips on participating in the Broadcast

To access the talks, links should be opened in a browser that is not Internet Explorer and students should join the live event anonymously, there is no need to create a login. 

Students wishing to see subtitles for the broadcast can turn on via the panel on the right hand side of the screen. 

Further guidance on how to access talks can be found here.

Questions for speakers can be submitted via Q+A Function during the talk which will be made live for students to submit questions. The questions submitted will be moderated by a member of the SFS team and approved if relevant.

Should schools and educators wish to ask students to complete our Student Activity Sheet that can be viewed and downloaded here.

Any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to contact us on:




Mon 1st March 10-11am






Andrew Bernard, Director, National Careers Week & Director, Innovative Enterprise for KS 4-5/ S4-6

This week is National Careers Week (1st-6th March) and we are delighted to welcome Andrew ‘Bernie’ Bernard, a TEDx Speaker, Director of Innovative Enterprise and National Careers Week, Entrepreneur and Fellow of Professional Speaking Association. Bernie has, since 2006, worked with schools, businesses, charities, universities and colleges to help over 145,000 young people Bring the Future to Life through enterprise and careers workshops. Bernie will be sharing his story about becoming an accidental entrepreneur and will be answering your questions.

Mon 1st March 2-3pm




Nick Ross, Broadcaster and Former Crimewatch Presenter for KS 4-5/ S4-6


Nick was for many years one of Britain’s most-trusted broadcasters and is now a writer, non-executive director, conference moderator and campaigner for community safety and evidence-based public policy. He became a household name in the UK launching breakfast TV, Watchdog and Crimewatch. He has written and directed award-winning documentaries. He retired from full-time broadcasting in 2010 to focus on conferences and voluntary work but still contributes to radio and TV. Nick will be speaking about his career journey, crime and is looking forward to answering your questions.

Mon 1st March 5-6pm



Experience Nursing


Patrick Nyarumbu, Director of Strategy, People and Partnerships, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust for KS 4-5/ S4-6

Speakers for Schools are delighted to welcome Executive Director of Strategy, People & Partnerships, Birmingham & Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Patrick Nyarumbu for an Experience Nursing Broadcast. Students will have the opportunity to hear from Patrick on their career to date, the skills and qualities needed for a career in Nursing as well as submit their own questions for Patrick.


Tues 2nd March 2-3pm






Pavita Cooper, Founder, More Difference for KS 4-5/ S4-6

Pavita is the founder of More Difference, a talent and career insight business that works with organisations and individuals to accelerate talent, Pavita is recognised as a leading talent and diversity expert; she has over 25 years’ experience as an executive talent leader across a range of multi-sector global blue-chip organisations, including Shell, Barclays and Lloyds Banking Group. Pavita has acted as an advisor to CEOs, executive teams and business leaders across sectors that include financial services, energy, consumer, professional services and luxury goods. Pavita will speaking about her career journey and is looking forward to answering your questions.

Tues 2nd March 5-6pm



Ella d'Amato, Chief Commercial & Partner Officer, Not on the High Street for KS3-5/ S1-6



Join us for a broadcast with Ella d’Amato, Chief Commercial & Marketing Officer, Not on the High Street. Ella was previously the CEO of Drum and is now responsible for making Not on the High Street the most attractive place to work, partner with and buy from. Ella will be talking about what makes a great product and will be providing advice for those who are interested in pursuing a career in marketing.

Wed 3rd March 10-11am



Kajal Odedra, UK Director, KS3-5/ S1-6

We are going to be joined by Kajal Odedra, a writer and activist, with over 13 years experience in the campaigns sector. As Executive Director for UK, the largest petition platform, she has grown the platform to over 19 million users in the UK. After identifying a diversity problem in the UK campaigns sector she founded the People of Colour in Campaigns network. She is on the board for Save The Children UK and Ada's List. Kajal will be sharing her career journey and highlights and is looking forward to answering your questions. 

Wed 3rd March 5-6pm






Jimmy Worrall, Founder and CEO, Leaders in Sport for KS 4-5/ S4-6

Join us for a live Broadcast with James Worrall, Founder and CEO of Leaders in Sport, a London based internationally focused conference, training and intelligence service for industry leaders in sport. Prior to starting Leaders James held various senior roles in sport with ENIC (owners of Vicenza, Basel, AEK Athens, Slavia Prague), Bristol City FC and the Football Association. James will be sharing his experiences with Leaders in Sport and discussing the importance of networking and building relationships.

Thurs 4th March 2-3pm



Mandisa Greene, President, Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons for KS3/ S1 - 3






Join us here for a broadcast with Mandisa Greene, President of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons. She started her career working in a small animal practice in Scotland but moved to the West Midlands where she has worked both in general and emergency small animal practice. Mandisa is passionate about increasing diversity in Veterinary Medicine. Mandisa has worked for Harper Adams University as a lecturer in Veterinary Sciences educating both students and qualified veterinary nurses. Mandisa will be presenting on her journey to becoming President of RCVS and will be answering your questions about veterinary science and medicine.

Thurs 4th March 5-6pm




Nalan Dodgson, Director of Talent Acquisition, Burberry for KS 4-5/ S4-6



We are looking forward to welcoming Nalan Dodgson, Director of Talent Acquisition at Burberry. Before working at Burberry, Nalan was the Resourcing Manager at Harrods. Nalan will be sharing insights into her career and will be providing advice on how to stand out during the recruitment process.

Fri 5th March 10-11am







Katie Vanneck Smith, Co-Founder and Publisher, Tortoise Media for KS 4-5/ S4-6

We are looking forward to hosting a broadcast with Katie Vanneck-Smith, Co-founder and Publisher at Tortoise. Katie was President of The Wall Street Journal & Dow Jones , where she led the company to over 3m subscribers. She has previously worked at the Telegraph Media Group and The Times, where, as Chief Marketing Officer, she was the architect of the newspaper’s early move to paid digital subscriptions. She created the UK’s first news membership brand, Times+. She was named Pioneer of the Year at the British Media Awards. Katie will be sharing her pathway to success and reflecting on what she has learnt during her career. Katie will also be answering your questions.




  • Watch pre-recorded broadcasts from our library here
  • Please see our Schools Guide here.
  • Below my signature is more information on the SFS activity sheet
  • The colour codes can be found under my email signature below


From all of us at Speakers for Schools, we hope you and your students enjoy the live broadcasts programme!


Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programmes are a means of developing the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills a young person requires in order to make well-informed, thought through choices and plans that enable them to progress effectively into further learning and work, now and in the future. They help young people make decisions and manage transitions as learners and workers and it is a vital tool in enriching students with the knowledge and skills they need to make informed choices, with realism and understanding.

  • The CEIAG programme is committed to providing a planned programme of CEIAG for all students in Year 7 to 13, in partnership with outside agencies (local employers, providers, universities, education training partnerships). It is designed to meet the needs of all students at Thornleigh Salesian College. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development. The careers programme includes face to face interviews at key transition points, action plans, drop-in sessions, software packages including KUDOS and ECLIPS, support with applications and CV writing, careers events and sessions, and interventions with outside agencies.
  • Impartial and independent careers advice and guidance is provided by our Careers Adviser Mrs Banner and compliments the careers education programme in school, supporting pupils in the process of making informed decisions about the post-16 learning and work that is available to them.
  • Mrs Banner works with students in Year 8 – 13 offering support and guidance and information about different career pathways and attend parents evening for KS4 and Sixth Form students.
  • One to one appointments are offered to all Year 11 students to provide advice and guidance about options available to them and to support them in making well informed decisions about their post 16 options.
  • Mrs Banner is in school Monday, Tuesdays and Wednesday morning to discuss further education, training, careers, apprenticeships, jobs and other matters relating to post 16 options and is also  available for a pupil drop in on Monday and Tuesday lunchtimes. 

Ready for a career in VFX, game art or animation?

Our free Careers Guide is here to help you find your niche in the creative industries and escape to the career of your dreams. It’s packed with all the essential information about pipelines, job roles, expected salaries, skill requirements and qualifications needed to enter this ever-evolving industry full of opportunities.

Not sure which career path to take? Take our free Careers Quiz to discover what studio department you’re most suited to.

Nat West

Nat West is proud to be a sponsor of the NCW 2021 .They have a brilliant Career Kickstart platform that is filled with resources that you can use to help you start looking at career opportunities and plan for the future. There are loads of downloadable tools and worksheets to help with CV writing, interview tips, resilience and mindset and much more. Take a look here – it’s all really useful and there’s something for everyone.

Cross Curriculum Approach

Careers Education is part of the tutorial programme taught across Years 8 to 11 and by a team of committed staff, supported by the form tutors and led by a member of the Senior Leadership Team.

Activities are designed to match visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learning learners, through the use of computer programs, discussion and hands-on activities. There will be opportunities for individual and small group activities, research using ICT and other sources.

Different approaches are used dependent on the age and ability of the pupils and the topic to be covered, for example, we use careers software, paper-based activities, discussions, role plays/mock interviews and multi-media resources, enabling the use of a variety of learning styles.

Pupils at the school now apply for post-16 educational establishments using ‘UCAS Progress’, an on-line application tool, which they can access in and out of career and lesson time.

Careers Events

We offer pupils a range of career events each academic year:

  • Yr 8 STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Maths) Careers awareness day attended by various local and national employers
  • Yr 9 Careers Awareness Day attended by local and national employers
  • Yr 10 Work Experience Programme
  • Yr 11 Employability skills and personal development workshops;
  • Visiting speakers from both higher education institutions and the work place.

Click the link below for the schedule of our annual careers events:

Relationships with Parents

We recognise that parents have a major role to play in the area of careers, both in terms of encouraging and supporting their children and in supporting the school in its endeavours to promote a wide variety of careers information.

Our Careers team are present at Year 8 Options Evening and at Parents Evenings.

How we measure and assess the impact of our Careers Programme

  • Destination measures
  • Employer feedback
  • Student feedback
  • Visiting partners
  • Work experience evaluation
  • External accreditation

Inspiring IAG Award

Inspiring IAG has been designed to provide a good practice framework and recognition of high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) for organisations that are providing support services for young people.

It has been written and updated by CEIAG specialists across the ten Local Authority areas of Greater Manchester in consultation with schools, colleges, learning providers, employers and local authority representatives.

Inspiring IAG is a three stage process, Bronze Standard, Silver Standard and Gold Award. Organisations progress through each stage where it is validated and assessed. The process helps organisations to identify areas for development as well as recognising good practice in CEIAG. Six key areas run through each stage of the award, each underpinned by the principles of equality and diversity and raising aspirations:

  • Management and Leadership
  • Design and Delivery of CEIAG
  • Working with Partners
  • Information and Communication
  • Outcomes for Young People
  • Involving Parents and Carers


We are proud to say that Thornleigh Salesian College has gained the
Gold Inspiring IAG Award.

Useful Websites:

The National Careers Service

The National Careers service

The National Careers Service offers information and professional advice about education, training and work to adults and young people aged 13 years and over. Pupils and their parents can access support via a website, helpline and web chat


Film clips of hundreds of people telling you about how they got their jobs.


Science, Technology Engineering and Maths Careers.

eClips Online

Impartial and independent information on hundreds of careers including careers with different school subjects. See Mrs Banner for login details.

Government Apprenticeship Guide

Search and apply for apprenticeship opportunities.

UCAS Progress

Search and apply for Post 16 courses at 6th form and colleges and training providers offering apprenticeships.

Informed Choices

What you study at sixth form or college can affect your options at university and your future career.
Use Informed Choices to help you understand which subjects open up different degrees, particularly at Russell Group universities.


(see Mrs Banner for log in details)
New Kudos is a new version of the UK’s most popular impartial careers guidance and information program that helps young people plan their future and make informed decisions.
New Kudos is ideal for 13-19 year olds.  It provides young people with a personalised experience which enables them to explore careers and learning pathways based on their interests and aspirations. They can get ideas of careers that they might like, explore their own career ideas, discover where their favourite subjects could take them and uncover a world of opportunities in different areas of work.
With up-to-date information on hundreds of careers, New Kudos equips a young person with everything they need to know to make the best possible career decisions.
New Kudos is an inspirational careers tool that inspires young people with their future choices.


Please use the following links to see where you can access guidance for different opportunities as you consider your future career pathway.

Check out information around school including posters about open days, apprenticeship and other training opportunities.

Book an appointment with our Careers Advisor Mrs Banner via your Pastoral Staff or drop in at the Careers Office at break or lunchtime on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.


Careers Champions

Each department is to have a nominated ‘Careers Champion’. This person will be a point of contact for students when considering how certain subjects are useful in certain careers. Carers Champions will also signpost students and staff to opportunities to highlight careers in the curriculum.


As a school we are keen to develop our links with employers on both a local and wider community level. Employers are a key component in our careers programme and the bespoke expertise, skills that they offer are essential for a high quality careers programme and will ensure that all our students can make informed choices concerning their potential pathway post school/college education.

Current work with employers:

We currently work with employers and providers who support us with our Yr8 Careers Fair, Work Experience placements in Yr10 supported by EBP (NW) Ltd and Yr12, assemblies and bespoke careers events.

Enterprise Coordinator

The school is delighted to announce that Anna Mitchell will be our new schools Enterprise Advisor. With a back ground in HR and a large network of employer contacts we look forward to Anna working with both our staff and students to enhance our careers programme

Employers who have recently supported us include:

  • Warburtons
  • BAE
  • Keogh Solicitors
  • National Westminster Bank
  • NHS
  • Mellors Catering
  • Bolton@Home
  • MBDA
  • Hare Ltd
  • Alliance Learning
  • The Skills Company
  • Department for Work and Pensions
  • Greater Manchester Police


Please view the attachmets below for further information.