Careers Education and Guidance

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

The Elton High School is fully committed to providing high quality careers education, information, advice and guidance to all students. CEIAG is accorded a high priority in effectively preparing students for the opportunities and challenges of adult working life and is seen as playing an instrumental role in motivating our students to maximise their academic and personal achievement.

There is in place a robust programme of careers education and access to providers for all students in Years 7 to 11, such that all students will leave our school with the skills and knowledge required to support their entry into further and higher education, traineeship or employment. Students’ families are integral to this and are supported and encouraged to be so through access to information and events throughout the year. Parents and carers are encouraged to read the CEIAG programme of study that is in place (see below) and to feedback their views.

Our programme takes in to account the government’s advice to schools, as outlined in their statutory guidance, dated January 2018.

All students take part in a careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) programme that:

  • aims to inspire, as well as inform and guide students;
  • is developed around the student and their needs;
  • is integrated into the students’ experience of the whole curriculum;
  • encourages all students to consider possible career choices throughout key stage 3 and 4;
  • encourages all students to develop skills that make them ‘work ready’, such as presentation, communication, decision making and entrepreneurial skills;
  • provides each student with high quality, impartial advice;
  • raises aspirations and promotes equality and diversity.

Please click here to see the CEIAG Policy.

Please click here to see the Draft Provider Access Policy.

CEIAG Programme of Study

Our careers education programme is primarily managed through our Student Development Days, of which there are five throughout the year. On these days, the normal timetable for all students is suspended and themes in connection to CEIAG and work related learning are explored.

In addition to the Student Development Days, our enrichment programme provides a good number of students opportunities to engage with motivational speakers and with providers from uniformed services, as well as to engage in widening participation events, including university campus visits and taster days, university summer school, investigation days and many more. These are largely provided through the organisations Manchester Higher and NCOP, whose aim is to help young people to decide whether the higher education route to a career is suitable for them.

Autumn TermSpring TermSummer Term
Year 7Enterprise DayAll students participate in an activity designed to develop personal and entrepreneurial skills.STEM activityAll students engage in an activity that promotes STEM (science, technology engineering and maths) industries, attempts to break down gender stereotypes that may be associated with them and develop skills concomitant to this sector.
Year 8Premier League EnterpriseSome students will work with a mentor from Manchester City Football Club in a programme that focuses on helping students learn about the club as a business model, as well as developing students’ personal and employability campus visitsSome students will visit the campuses of local HE providers and watch a drama performance that focuses on making informed option choices.
Year 9Careers and Options SDDAll students will use online CEIAG research tools to reflect on personal skills and qualities and how these might relate to future career choices. Form time ProgrammeAll students will focus on CEIAG during form timeInspired to AspireSome students will work with a mentor from the local business sector in a programme that focuses on helping students learn about their mentor’s business model, as well as developing students’ personal and employability skills.Work ShadowAll students will identify an employee to shadow in their workplace for one day. They will reflect on what they have learnt from this experience in subsequent sessions. Personal Advisor InterviewSome students will have access to a personal careers advisor.
Year 10Personal Finance and World of WorkAll students will be led by the Salford Business Education Partnership to focus on a range of jobs, careers and professions, with the opportunity to meet providers from these sectors. Students will also cover money Campus visitsSome students will visit the campuses of local HE providers, focussing on potential barriers to this route and giving students information to help them to decide whether HE is a suitable career pathway for them. Motivational speakers to celebrate National Apprenticeship WeekAll students will listen to a range of speakers who will offer independent information on apprenticeships.Motivational speakers will be invited in to speak to all students to motivate them and to keep their aspirations high.Drama performance – Enact Theatre GroupAll students will watch a performance of ‘Destination Success’. CV and Personal StatementsAll students will be guided to write these in readiness for the post 16 application process and for the mock interviews that take place in year 11. Taster Day at local FE providerAll students will experience ‘a day in the life of a college student’; they will participate in lessons and meet staff and students.Form time ProgrammeAll students will focus on CEIAG during form time. Personal Advisor InterviewSome students will have access to a personal careers advisor. For some, this will be a second or even third interview.
Year 11Presentations from local FE providersAll students will meet staff from local FE providers and will hear presentations about the colleges and the comprehensive range of their offer. Drama performance – Enact Theatre GroupAll students will watch a performance of ‘World of Work’.Post 16 guidance events for students and their familiesAll students and their families are invited in to school to learn about the pathways available and the application process. Mock interviews and apprenticeship focus.All students engage in a mock interview, led by a business, training or education provider. Personal Advisor InterviewAll students will have access to a personal careers advisor. For some, this will be a third or even fourth interview. Some students may be referred for more intensive support, as part of the local authority’s offer.Application Drop in SessionsAll students are given the opportunity to be supported in applying for post 16 destinations. This is given by school staff and local FE providers.

Students and their families are invited to offer feedback on the CEIAG provision offered by school. They can direct this, or any questions or concerns to school’s identified careers lead:

Mr D Wilson, Assistant Headteacher.

Contact number: 0161 763 1434


Our school’s link governor for CEIAG is Mr Iain McKay

Information for Students and parents

Useful Websites

The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers.The National Careers Service website aims to:·       help you with careers decisions and planning·       support you in reviewing your skills and abilities and develop new goals·       motivate you to implement your plan of action·       enable you to make the best use of high quality career related tools.
Careersbox is a free online library of careers related film, news and information. As the preferred digital new media partner to the Institute of Career Guidance, the largest careers body in the UK, Careersbox aim is to deliver a new way for students to explore their skills and career options.
Plotr is a website created to help 11-24 year olds discover and explore careers they’ll love.It’s built around the Game which uncovers careers matched to their skills, interests and personality.
LifeSkills, created with Barclays, is a free, curriculum-linked programme, developed with teachers to help improve the skills and employability of young people in the UK.
icould has a range of video clips showing real people talking about their jobs and careers.
Plan your study & work.  Your choices at 14, 16 and 18, explore different job sectors and how you can study and work at the same time – even to university level.
Success at School is the place for young people to explore careers, get the lowdown on top employers, and search for the latest jobs, courses and advice.
The study guide section within youthspace contains a range of information including help on making options choices in Year 9, post 16 options, and getting into higher education.
Central Governments dedicated apprenticeship website has a whole range of information to help young people decide if Apprenticeships are the right route for them. You can also search for apprenticeship vacancies.
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