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#815 Being a Careers Facilitator – The Wherry School

Rosie Tallent, Careers Facilitator, The Wherry School

What did we do?

The network meets regularly to discuss, inform and promote local labour market information, as well as promoting opportunities and creating events that are beneficial to a wider network of schools. These network meetings allow for up to date information to be shared and to ensure that we all are able to interpret information correctly as stated in the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The Careers Facilitator Network has allowed me to not only become a better practitioner but has also improved the experience and opportunities available to our young people and provided us with the care as well as confidence to succeed with our Gatsby Benchmark targets.

Rosie Tallent, Careers Facilitator, The Wherry School

Summary of impact

The Network has assisted with both strategic and operational elements of complying with the Gatsby Benchmarks from planning to implementation and then evaluating. It has provided a forum to work through best practice scenarios and experiences and share opportunities with colleagues. This deep dive approach has been fundamental to the success of our schools career development. The events we worked together to produce for our students have had a lasting impact and we all look forward to when they can commence again. Our students still talk about these events and often refer back to them.

On a personal level, this experience has pointed me in the direction of further learning opportunities which have not only benefitted me, but my school and have given me a toolkit of knowledge to assist our students in accessing a meaningful future.

Steps taken

Regular meetings and events held; we were encouraged to bring working documents and examples of our practise we could share with one another. We also had local providers and other incentives come and work with us to ensure we are aware of local opportunities.

What would we do differently

Nothing identified.


None other than time.

See how others have implemented this Big Idea

Character Day - Jane Austen College

An example of an event that has come out of the Norwich Opportunity Area (NOA) Careers Facilitator Network project is our most recent Character Day. Character days at Jane Austen are a chance for students to be off timetable.

Joint Careers Event – Year 11 Options

Form the Future were commissioned by the Norwich Opportunity Area (NOA) to work with the Careers Facilitator (CF) Network to re-produce an event Form the Future first delivered with NOA in 2019.


Rosie Tallent, Careers Facilitator

The Wherry School, Hall Road

Norwich, Norfolk