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Careers Guidance & Post 16

Careers, Education, Information and Guidance

CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) is designed to prepare students for life in modern Britain and by definition is a means of developing a young person's knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills so that they are able to make well-informed and thought through choices relating to further learning and work, now and in the future.

Charnwood College aims to provide good quality, impartial information, advice and guidance to all students from Year 7 to Year 13. This guidance allows us to support our students and allow them to make information decision for their Sixth Form choices following Year 11, but also their options choices for GCSE subjects.

Our CEIAG Co-ordinators are Mrs Sharpe, Head of Years 7 and 8, Mrs Barfield, Head of Years 9, 10 and 11 and Mr Heffernan, Head of Sixth Form, for Years 12 and 13. The programme and advice is supported by excellent, independent and impartial careers guidance delivered by a Level 6 trained professional.

Measuring the impact of CEIAG

As an academy we use the Gatsby benchmarks to assess and improve our current CEIAG provision. Our progress against the Gatsby benchmarks will be reviewed regularly throughout the academic year to help us meet all of the 8 benchmarks by the end of 2020.

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

We will monitor the impact of our action plan and the CEIAG we deliver mainly through feedback from students and staff.  All activities will be reviewed to ensure all goals and aims are met. As an academy we will also work with parents, employers and stakeholders. The academy uses (Leicestershire Education Business Centre (LEBC) and the Department for Work and Pensions) to ensure that students are able to make informed choices about their future. All information published on the CEIAG webpage will be checked at the end of each academic term with the next review of information due to take place in January 2020.

LEBC have a monthly daily sessions at the Academy and are available on all parents evening providing independent advice and guidance.


Students will cover a different topic each term related to careers across Year 7 to Year 11. In Year 12 and 13 these skills are covered more frequently and relate directly to the specific requirements needed at this age. The plans for each year group are shown below.

Year 7

Self Awareness – who am I?
Life skills Booklet
What do my family do for a living?

Year 8

What does my future look like? 
The World of Work
‘Futures Four’ Planning the next stage of my education – options

Year 9

What is a career? My career and career development
Introduction to Fast tomato
Employability skills including interview skills and applications

Year 10

Post 16 options – what is available to me? Academic v Vocational
Higher Education and study abroad 
‘Futures Five’ Planning the next steps after year 11

Year 11

Evaluating work Experience
1:1 careers guidance interviews
University Challenge 

Year 12

Preparing for Work experience
Options after Charnwood College
Work experience

Year 13

Evaluate work Experience
Preparing for work higher education or work

The CIAG plan is supplemented with a comprehensive Assembly programme and 5 personal development drop down days. The 2019/20 dates are week commencing:

14th October, 16th December, 10th February, 30th March, 22nd June


All students have to continue in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they are 18. This does not mean however that young people must stay in school or remain at Charnwood College. Students are able to choose from the following:

  • full-time education (e.g. at a school or college)
  • an apprenticeship or traineeship
  • part-time education or training combined with one of the following:
  • employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more a week
  • volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

Charnwood College use external providers LEBC to make sure young people most in need of specialist help can access the guidance and support they need to move into education, employment and training. This one-to-one service is offered in Charnwood College to targeted students from Year 10 onwards and referrals to this service will come via the Heads of Year and SENDCo.

The majority of students will therefore receive their guidance from sessions and visitors within the academy.  All students will have group sessions with LEBC starting from Year 8, to introduce them to the Independent Service provider.

Useful websites on Careers 
The government website has details of all apprenticeships available nationwide. 
This national careers service website provides information, advice and guidance to students to help them make decisions on learning, training and work. 
This website provides information needed for careers in the NHS. 
A website for parents and carers which offers advice that can be given to help teenagers choose their career path. 
A website for parents and carers which offers free and impartial advice from the Careers Writers Association about your child’s next steps.
 SEMLEP stands for South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership. They work with local companies to look at economic growth and support local schools with developing careers programs and sharing information. 
A website which is used to apply for university by students in Year 13. 
A website which compares the best University & degree courses for free - Degree course rankings, university reviews, degree course details and university profiles to help students decide where to study. 
The Russell Group represents 24 leading UK universities which are committed to maintaining the very best research, an outstanding teaching and learning experience and unrivalled links with business and the public sector. 
Websites for the army, navy and RAF.
A website which explains the routes into policing. 
vinspired is the UK's leading volunteering charity for 14 - 25 year olds. vinspired helps young people to make their mark on causes that they care about, whilst learning new skills and talents along the way.
Careersbox is the national careers film library, a free careers resource showing hundreds of real people doing real jobs.


Where ever the opportunity arises our teachers will try to discuss in their subject areas about the career opportunities related to their subject specialism. Staff are also able to offer guidance at parent’s evenings.


At Charnwood College we want to work with employers as research shows that young adults who have greater levels of contact with employers whilst at school are significantly less likely to become NEET (not in education, employment or training) and can expect, when in full-time employment, to earn up to 18% more than peers who had no such workplace encounters.

The research also shows that engagement not only allows employers to add value to schools and the lives of young people, but that young people and schools in turn give huge value to employers. In addition to the hard business case for engaging with schools there is a soft business case. Employers told us that volunteering their time to help young people brings their employees joy, increases brand loyalty and importantly helps young people to consider certain career paths and industries for the first time.

We welcome contact from employers and are happy to discuss any ideas on how we can increase engagement between students and employers. If you would like to get in touch, please contact the Heads of Year on 01509 554400 or

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