About Career Mark

Find out more about the relevant Career Mark for you.

ABOUT CAREER MARK PRIMARY

Career Mark Primary is that part of Career Mark dedicated to supporting, developing and accrediting primary schools who wish to deliver a high quality careers and work related learning experience to their pupils. All pupils in secondary education will participate in careers and work related learning activities, so offering an introduction to careers in primary schools provides pupils with a valuable introduction to this important area of their personal development and academic education.

There is evidence to show that primary careers work raises aspirations, breaks down stereotypes and improves transitions. Starting early enables these outcomes better than focusing on secondary. 

 

Primary Career Mark has 4 standards:

  • Impact

Measures how the school sets school and pupil targets for careers education and how it measures the achievement of them

  • Staff

Measures how the school allocates, trains and measures the competence of staff delivering the programme.

  • Management

Measures the effectiveness of your systems for planning, managing and integrating CEIAG

  • Curriculum

Measures how effectively your curriculum supports the development of learners’ knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes

If you would like to know more about Career Mark Primary, you can download the Career Mark Primary Flyer here.

THE PROCESS

  • Audit

    Using our  Primary self assessment, you can quite quickly see how prepared you are to go through the assessment process. It will help you to get a flavour of what the award is likely to cover and support you to identify where the gaps are in what you are currently doing.

  • Consultancy

    You may wish to take advantage of Career Mark’s consultancy service either to help you to undertake the self-assessment or to support you in following up from the self-assessment towards full assessment.

  • Action

    Having completed the self assessment, you may have some work to do in ensuring you have everything in place to meet the award criteria.

  • Assessment

    There are two stages to the assessment process:

    Stage 1
    Portfolio assessment, using our standards you’ll describe your provision and provide evidence to support this. We’ll assess your portfolio against the standards.

    Stage 2
    Onsite assessment, we’ll visit you to meet with students and assess the impact of your provision to ensure that what you say in your portfolio is having the impact you desire on the students.

  • Award

    Following the assessment you will receive notification that you have achieved Career Mark Primary. Your award lasts for two years.

  • Revalidate

    Our revalidation process has been designed to complement your first assessment providing a continuous cycle of improvement and development.

MEMBERSHIP

  • Small school (1 key stage 2 class): £80 for 2 years.
  • Medium school (2 key stage 2 classes): £125 for 2 years
  • Large school (3 key stage 2 classes): £160 for 2 years.
  • First assessment – £750
  • Revalidation assessment (after 2 years) – £750

Members often find a small amount of consultancy beneficial to get them started and for reviewing portfolios before submission, contact us for more information.

*Please note:

  1. charges are exclusive of VAT and travel expenses (which will be charged at £75). You may be able to access financial support for Career Mark via your local authority, contact us to find out more.
  2. we will send your membership renewal notice automatically one month before your membership expires..

Consultancy

  • Points of clarification and quick questions will be answered free of charge as part of your membership. Just contact us by email or phone.
  • Many members find a small amount of detailed consultancy beneficial to get them started and for reviewing portfolios before submission. We do charge for this.  Please contact us for more information.

Career Mark is a Licensed Awarding Body for the Quality in Careers Standard —  the national careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) award.

Career Mark uses five standards to assess the Quality in Careers Standard:
  • Management

Measures the effectiveness of your systems for planning, managing and integrating CEIAG

  • Guidance

Measures the effectiveness of an integrated programme of advice, guidance and support

  • Curriculum

Measures how effectively your curriculum supports the development of learners’ knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes

  • Information

Measures the accessibility, relevance, importance and effectiveness of information, the acquisition of skills to research and evaluate to be able to make well informed and realistic career decisions

  • Learner Outcomes

Evaluates learners’ knowledge, competence and attitudes towards career planning

For each standard there are a number of ‘assessment indicators’, which clearly present that standard in its component parts, making it easy for you to identify what’s required. 

THE PROCESS

  • Audit
    Using our self assessment, you can quite quickly see how prepared you are to go through the assessment process. It will help you to get a flavour of what the award is likely to cover and support you to identify where the gaps are in what you are currently doing.
  • Action
    Having completed the self assessment, you may have some work to do in ensuring you have everything in place to meet the award criteria.
  • Assessment
    There are two stages to the assessment process:
    Stage 1
    Portfolio assessment, using our standards you’ll describe your provision and provide evidence to support this. We’ll assess your portfolio against the standards.

    Stage 2
    Onsite assessment, we’ll visit you to meet with students and assess the impact of your provision to ensure that what you say in your portfolio is having the impact you desire on the students.
  • Award
    Following the assessment you will receive notification that you have achieved Career Mark. Your award lasts for two years.
  • Revalidate
    Our revalidation process has been designed to complement your first assessment providing a continuous cycle of improvement and development.

Secondary Charges

  • 2 Years Membership – £160
  • 1st assessment – £1500
  • Revalidation assessment (after 2 years) – £750

Members often find a small amount of consultancy beneficial to get them started and for reviewing portfolios before submission, contact us for more information.

*Please note:

  1. charges are exclusive of VAT and travel expenses (which will be charged at £75). 20% VAT will be added to your invoice.
  2. we will send your membership renewal notice automatically one month before your membership expires.

Career Mark is a Licensed Awarding Body for the Quality in Careers Standard —  the national careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) award.

Career Mark uses five standards to assess the Quality in Careers Standard:

  • Management
    Measures the effectiveness of your systems for planning, managing and integrating CEIAG
  • Guidance
    Measures the effectiveness of an integrated programme of advice, guidance and support
  • Curriculum
    Measures how effectively your curriculum supports the development of learners’ knowledge, skills, understanding and attitudes
  • Information
    Measures the accessibility, relevance, importance and effectiveness of information, the acquisition of skills to research and evaluate to be able to make well informed and realistic career decisions
  • Learner Outcomes
    Evaluates learners’ knowledge, competence and attitudes towards career planning

For each standard there are a number of ‘assessment indicators’, which clearly present that standard in its component parts, making it easy for you to identify what’s required. 

The process 

  • Audit
    Using our  self assessment, you can quite quickly see how prepared you are to go through the assessment process. It will help you to get a flavour of what the award is likely to cover and support you to identify where the gaps are in what you are currently doing.
  • Action
    Having completed the self assessment, you may have some work to do in ensuring you have everything in place to meet the award criteria.
  • Assessment
    There are two stages to the assessment process:
    Stage 1
    Portfolio assessment, using our standards you’ll describe your provision and provide evidence to support this. We’ll assess your portfolio against the standards.

    Stage 2
    Onsite assessment, we’ll visit you to meet with students and assess the impact of your provision to ensure that what you say in your portfolio is having the impact you desire on the students.
  • Award
    Following the assessment you will receive notification that you have achieved Career Mark. Your award lasts for two years.
  • Revalidate
    Our revalidation process has been designed to complement your first assessment providing a continuous cycle of improvement and development.
  • 2 Years Membership – £160
  • 1st assessment – £1500
  • Revalidation assessment (after 2 years) – £750

Members often find a small amount of consultancy beneficial to get them started and for reviewing portfolios before submission, contact us for more information.

*Please note:

  1. charges are exclusive of VAT and travel expenses (which will be charged at £75). 20% VAT will be added to your invoice.
  2. we will send your membership renewal notice automatically one month before your membership expires.

Membership

With membership you get access to a whole host of support:

  • Support and guidance from helpful, experienced and passionate Careers Guidance Professionals
  • Access to the Career Mark Standards and description grids
  • Access to a suite of best practice materials, national policies and guidelines
  • Detailed guidance notes to support the preparation of an evidence portfolio ready for submission
  • Sample reports for your guidance
  • All the information you need to prepare for your assessment and achieve your award
  • Information and contact details for a range of experienced consultants and qualified assessors who could support you in achieving your award
  • Specific revalidation support and guidance
  • Member’s discounts on all Complete Careers training and resources
  • An e-newsletter issued every term

Once you become a member you can begin working towards the assessment.

Charges*

  • Membership – £160 for 2 years
  • 1st assessment – £1500
  • Revalidation assessment (after 2 years) – £750 (* revalidation request form must be received by the expiry date of the current award or full initial validation fees may apply.)
  • All assessments will also cost £75 for travel expenses unless otherwise agreed.

Group Discount

For groups of schools who wish to work towards the award accreditation at the same time, we can offer a discount as follows:

  • Three schools applying for membership and validation together can attract 3% discount on all costs
  • For each additional school, a further 1% discount to be added up to a maximum of 10% discount for 10+ schools
  • In addition, we can provide a discounted rate for shared training and support workshops

Consultancy

Members often find a small amount of consultancy beneficial to get them started and for reviewing portfolios before submission, contact us for more information.

*Please note: 

  1. charges are exclusive of VAT and travel expenses (which will be charged at £75). 20% VAT will be added to your invoice.
  2. we will send your membership renewal notice automatically one month before your membership expires.
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Self-assessment audit

Organisations from across the country are signing up to get recognition for the careers programme they’re running. Access our self assessment document to:

  • note what you already have in place
  • estimate what work you would need to do to meet our standards
  • make a judgement about how much support you might need to purchase

FORM:

First 

Last

Email

Organisation

Phone

Get self assessment kit.

With membership you get access to a whole host of support:

  • Support and guidance from helpful, experienced and passionate Careers Guidance Professionals
  • Access to the Career Mark Standards and description grids
  • Access to a suite of best practice materials, national policies and guidelines
  • Detailed guidance notes to support the preparation of an evidence portfolio ready for submission
  • Sample reports for your guidance
  • All the information you need to prepare for your assessment and achieve your award
  • Information and contact details for a range of experienced consultants and qualified assessors who could support you in achieving your award
  • Specific revalidation support and guidance
  • Member’s discounts on all Complete Careers training and resources
  • An e-newsletter issued every term

Once you become a member you can begin working towards the assessment.

Group Discount

For groups of schools who wish to work towards the award accreditation at the same time, we can offer a discount as follows:

  • Three schools applying for membership and validation together can attract 3% discount on all costs
  • For each additional school, a further 1% discount to be added up to a maximum of 10% discount for 10+ schools
  • In addition, we can provide a discounted rate for shared training and support workshops

Career Mark is a Licensed Awarding Body for the National Quality in Careers Standard; assessing excellence in careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) provision, following the changes in relation to the Quality in Careers Standard in March 2017.

First introduced in 1995 and now in it’s sixth version, Career Mark continues to be unique in its:

  • Two year assessment and revalidation cycle
  • Wealth of website support materials for members
  • Ongoing value for money
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You can find out more information about Career Mark, it’s history and recent developments here: Exploring the Evidence Base for Career Mark

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