CEIAG Policy and provider access statement 2020-21

Policy for Careers education information and guidance (CEIAG)


The Government’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and Statutory Guidance, Careers guidance and access for education (October 2018) set out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. This statutory guidance has been updated to expand on the aims set out in the strategy to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience

At Parkside we will use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks (Appendix 2) to develop and improve our careers provision and ensure that we fulfil legal duties to ensure we provide independent careers guidance and provide opportunities to a range of providers to inform pupils about technical education qualifications or apprenticeships. Our Careers Leader will work with the following to ensure outstanding provision:-

  • External agencies (i.e. Ahead Partnership, ASK)
  • Local employers (ie Santander, Gesipa, Appris)
  • Careers Leaders, Sue Stewart, Careers Leader
  • Ast Careers Lead, Katie Thackray
  • Enterprise Advisor , Diana Schofield (MD Gesipa)
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator (Careers & Enterprise Company)
  • Careers Advisor (1.5 days per week), Sophie Bottomley-Mason
  • Bradford Careers Network hub (Aspire-igen)
  • SLT
  • Subject teachers and Progress tutors
  • Identified CEIAG lead in every subject
  • Progress Leaders (teachers)
  • Students support Leader (non teachers)
  • School Governor, Pam Speed

Our CEIAG Plan, available on our website, sets out how the school intends to provide a fit for purpose careers programme with the available resources which will provide our students with the knowledge, inspiration and ability to take ownership of their own career action plans which will enable them to succeed in their chosen career paths.


The CEIAG programme at Parkside school aims:-

  • To provide the very best careers guidance throughout our students’ school journey, starting from Y6 transition events through to Y13 choices to enable them to make well informed decisions, with developed plans, to achieve their career aspirations and improve social mobility
  • To encourage all students to recognise and value their own skills and abilities and to appreciate their relationships with, and responsibilities towards, other people, the community and environment. (Gatsby Benchmark 1)
  • To develop the skills which will help them to make informed and realistic choices for their future by linking curriculum learning to careers (Gatsby Benchmark 4)
  • To enable students and parents to be aware of the alternatives and opportunities open to them at different stages of their life and to raise aspirations (Gatsby Benchmark 3 and 7 )
  • To develop the skills, including communication and confidence that will be needed in new roles and situations.
  • To encourage understanding and experience of the world of work through work place visits and enterprise activities (Gatsby Benchmark 5 and 6)
  • To promote equality of opportunity in respect of the protected characteristics of The Equality Act 2010 including age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation, marriage and civil partnership, and pregnancy and maternity. To challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations (Gatsby Benchmark 3)
  • To encourage students to investigate career opportunities both locally and nationally using information about career paths and the labour market and through direct experience of the world of work, work related learning and enterprise activities (Gatsby Benchmark 2)
  • To encourage students to implement their career plans by providing personal guidance with a Careers Adviser. To review and evaluate in order to make improved decisions and manage the transition processes effectively (Gatsby Benchmark 8)
  • Have the opportunity for at least one meaningful encounter with an employer every year from the age of 11
  • Have a meaningful encounter with a provider of different learning opportunities (academic and vocational route and learning in schools, colleges, university and the workplace). This will entail at least one meaningful by the age of 16 and one further encounter for those in Post 16 considering applying for university.
  • Have at least one experience of a workplace either through work experience or a work place visit by the age of 16 plus one further such experience by the age of 18 (additional to any PT jobs)
  • Have knowledge of the various pathways available to them at the age of 16 years and 18 years .

Careers education provides a way of developing knowledge, understanding and experience of opportunities in education, training and employment. It aims to develop skills needed to make improved decisions and it is a way of helping students to apply knowledge and understanding and skills to their own circumstances. Best practice provision integrates careers guidance with a well planned programme of careers education. By doing this we will meet the Gatsby Benchmarks and statutory guidance. In addition to all the opportunities below we will ensure that all students:

Roles and responsibilities

Our Careers Leader has overall responsibility for CEIAG provision from Y7 – Y11 and Progress Leader for Y12/13. Our Ast Careers Lead has responsibility for developing CEIAG in the curriculum and liaising with the National Citizen Service. Our CEIAG subject leads are key in driving CEIAG into all aspects of the curriculum. All subject teachers have a responsibility to incorporate CEIAG links into their teaching whenever possible and this is evidenced via their scheme of learning and lesson planning . Our fully qualified, Careers Advisor works at Parkside 1.5 days per week to provide 1- 1 interviews for Y11 and Y13 in the first instance and attends key parental events throughout the year. They all support Y11 ECHP / LAC annual reviews. We also have an additional Careers Advisor who works with us half a day every fortnight to target a small group of possible NEET students. Our Career Leader meets with our CEIAG link Governor once per term to review practices and policy and share best practice. All CEIAG events are shared and discussed with SLT.

Student entitlement

Students are entitled to CEIAG which meets professional standards of practice and is both personalised and impartial. It is integrated into students’ experience of the whole curriculum and based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. Our programme is structured to deliver explicit learning outcomes, raise aspirations, challenge stereotyping and promote equality and diversity. CEIAG is taught / delivered via:-

  • PSHCE one half term per year in Years 7 – 13 with a focus of helping students to develop an understanding of their own and others’ strengths, limitations, abilities, potential, personal qualities, needs, attitudes and values. In addition helping young people investigate opportunities for further learning and employment, make decisions and manage transitions across key stages and ensure that, wherever possible, all young people leave the school with employment, further education or training (Gatsby 1, 2)
  • Career sector assemblies led by local / national employers (Gatsby 5,7)
  • Information on Apprenticeships, Traineeships, FE , HE , T levels and UTC’s via assemblies
  • Y10 Career enrichment week – focus on applying for a job; CV writing, letter of application, preparing for interview, having a 1-1 interview, 1 day work visit (Gatsby 2, 3, 5, 6, 8)
  • Drop-down Career Days (7-10), incorporating Enterprise activities to develop employability skills (Gatsby 2, 3, 4, 5, 8)
  • Encounters with further and higher education (Gatsby7)
  • Motivational speakers (Gatsby 2, 3, 5, 7)
  • Career carousels led by employers (Gatsby 7)
  • Focused Career week where all teachers focus their “Do now” on Careers that studying their subject could lead to (Gatsby 4)
  • Parents CEIAG evenings (Y9/11) (Gatsby 2)
  • Work experience (Y12) (Gatsby 6)
  • Business mentoring (Y9) (Gatsby 3,5,6)
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers wherever possible (Gatsby 4)
  • 1 -1 focused Career interview (Y11/13). All students receive at least one careers interview with our qualified Careers Advisor during KS4 and additional intervention strategies are introduced for those students. Post 16 will also get the opportunity for a further interview. Our Careers Advisor is central to providing guidance to students on routes beyond school and those students who are unsure of their destination after Year 11 are given further support in groups or as individuals to provide the best possible guidance. Potential NEET students in Y11 have targeted CEIAG support on a fortnightly basis by our Careers Advisor.

Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity Careers education is provided to all students and provision is made to allow all students to access the curriculum. Students are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All students are provided with the same opportunities and diversity is celebrated.

For all CEIAG events there is close liaison between the CEIAG lead and SENCO to ensure provision meets the needs / is appropriate for selected students. All events on the CEIAG plan are emailed to our SENCO 2 weeks prior to the event to ensure support can be put in place in necessary. Regarding Y10 work visits all students have the same opportunity and we work closely with parents / carers to ensure they have a suitable placement. In Y11 all students have a FE / University visit to support them in post 16 / 18 choices, again these visits are tailored to the needs of the student.

Our Careers Advisor supports all EHCP / LAC annual reviews from Y8 upwards and attends Y11 where possible. In Y11 our SEND / ECHP / LAC students are prioritised by our Careers Advisor in regards to their 1-1 CEIAG interview. Support is given to help students apply to their Post 16 preferred destination and also look at the EHCP students transport situation and help families apply for continued transport if required. If visits are required to colleges then these can be arranged.

By December of Y11 we have an overview as to where SEND students will be going post 16 and work closely with a range of FE providers. In addition, some SEND Y11 do not leave at the same time as other Y11’s, they choose to stay until the end of the academic year, this allows us to give bespoke transition support. During the summer holidays our Y11 SEND students have a 2 week bespoke programme to support transition to college – this is a joint programme with Shipley college.

Provider Access Statement

This alludes to Parkside School’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997. Pupil entitlement. All pupils in years 8-13 are entitled:

• to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;

• to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

• to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Management of provider access requests:-

Procedure: A provider wishing to request access should contact: Sue Stewart (Careers Leader) who can be contacted on 01535 272752 or emailed at

Opportunities for access

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, and highlighted in our Career Plan, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. Please contact Sue Stewart to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with Sue Stewart. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at Reception. All literature will be given to our Librarian who will make it available in our LRC. The LRC is available to all students at lunch and break times.

Monitoring, review, evaluation and development of CEIAG

The following provision is reviewed by the Careers Leader and the Deputy Head teacher with oversight of CEIAG:-

· Annual review of partnership activities with the Prospects Service incorporating destination data (CEIAG Plan)

· Lesson and form time learning walks including ‘Career week’ as part of School Self Evaluation

· Feedback on the effectiveness of the CEIAG programme is sought through student focus groups and questionnaires. Resulting action points then feed into the following years’ planning process to ensure they are addressed.

  • All tracking will be done via U-Explore's START Profile tool. This is an online platform that supports schools to meet their statutory duties around careers guidance. It provides us with tracking capabilities to help teachers monitor students’ progress and engagement in relation to CEIAG.
  • Review of the school’s adherence to the Gatsby Benchmarks through Compass, an online self-evaluation tool for schools with follow up improvement plan
  • Systematic tracking of all activities linked to CEIAG, the Gatsby benchmarks and the CDI careers framework, encompassing sub groups.

Appendix 1

Useful resources

Amazing Apprenticeship - Apprenticeships explained


Careers Yorkshire and the Humber - Provides a range of resources and information to inspire and empower people to progress in learning and work, including: Job search information & resources for adults and Careers support for schools & colleges


Colleges – includes Open Day information

Connexions Bradford - Information, advice and guidance for young people


Futuregoals - provides advice and support to help young people choose their career paths, give them the right skills and experience to start work and provide vital links between education and employers.

General information on career choices and post 16 and 18 pathways

Higher Education

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Labour Market Information(LMI)- can show which sectors or industries are growing and what skills are in demand

National Careers Service - The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice delivered by qualified careers advisers


NHS - Careers quiz and job profiles & https://www.stepintothenhs.nhs...

Not going to Uni - the one stop site for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs

Prospects - Guidance on how to make the right Career choice. Match your skills and personality to 400+ jobs.

Shape your futures - provides an overview of the job market and key industry sectors in West Yorkshire. It shows which sectors or industries are growing or shrinking and what skills are in demand

Studential – opportunities available post 16 and 18

The Guide – The Local Offer for SEND young people

Appendix 2 –

Gatsby Benchmarks