Careers and Work Related Learning

At Hackney New School we have extremely high aspirations for our students. Our students' time with us is a stepping stone to their future success and to that end we want to make sure that when they leave they are fully prepared and equipped with all the knowledge and skills they have for the next stage of their journey towards their professional life.

Careers Programme

Our careers programme works in tandem with the curriculum to prepare students for the workplace and to choose a successful, rewarding and realistic career. In 2017 the Department of Education included the Gatsby Benchmarks in their careers strategy to make sure that all schools are delivering a robust career programme. We are fully committed to implementing the Gatsby Benchmarks at Hackney New School and we are working towards gaining the Quality in Careers Standard (QCS), which will evidence this. This is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning.

We track all the activity that students take part in and use this alongside our destination data to assess the impact of the careers programme.

Inclusivity in CEIAG

Inclusivity in CEIAG means making sure that the advice and opportunities we make available to the young people in our tutelage is appropriate to their level of understanding and that they receive access to opportunities that will lead to viable careers. Some of the ways in which we fulfill this include providing individual coaching and mentoring to students with SENDs, providing mentoring for students who are at risk of becoming NEETs and by making sure that students are constantly exposed to meeting high achieving individuals who are from backgrounds which reflect their own.

Hackney New School careers department is a part of the Careers Collaborative which is a Hackney Education initiative and allows participating schools access to the best information about careers, apprenticeships, workshops, open days, SEND provision as well as organising networking events for its members.

School Careers Lead

Our Careers and Aspirations Manager is Fiona McAuslan. Her role is to provide information, advice and guidance to help students make realistic choices about their education.

Her main responsibilities are to ensure that students are provided with the correct information and advice when making decisions about post 16 education and training.

  • Organise work experience for year 10 students
  • Arrange option evenings in partnership with other educational establishments
  • Plan and organise our career fairs
  • Organise and participate in IAG events at Hackney New School and other events where appropriate
  • Provide parents/carers with information about the services that are available to help young people make effective learning and career decisions
  • Provide comprehensive information to parents regarding work experience.

Parents, please get in touch directly with Ms McAuslan if you would like any career-related information or advice for your child. All students in year 11 will receive a one-to-one career interview which can be conducted with parents present when requested.

Contact Information

Careers Lead: Samira Ahmed
T: 020 7617 7181

If training providers would like to talk to our students about technical education and apprenticeships, please contact our Careers Lead to be included in one of our careers fairs or talks.

Other Key Contacts

Careers Governor: Sofia Tseliou
Enterprise Advisor: Benjamin Walker


As a fairly new school, HNS currently has limited information about our school leavers and alumni, the oldest of whom have only just reached the end of Year 13. However, even within that small number, we are proud to document their achievements.

Guides for Students and Parents/Carers

You can use this section throughout your child’s time at HNS, to help them develop their sense of what they want to study post-16 and what career they would like to pursue.


Completing the Skillsometer quiz is a great place to start. Skillsometer can help you discover what jobs you might like to do in the future. When you start the quiz you will be presented with a series of statements. Select the emoji that shows how you feel about each statement. You will be given suggestions of jobs linked to what you most enjoy doing.


Start is a free, online careers platform, designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. We encourage all students to create a Start profile in Year 7 and regularly update it with their interests and skills as they progress through school. Students who do so gain valuable insights and tailored information about careers that are right for them.

Post-16 College Choices Booklet

A handy HNS-produced guide to all the local sixth form colleges in Hackney and the surrounding areas.