Glossopdale School



Careers Education

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Glossopdale School

Rationale for CEIAG

 There is a need for a planned programme of activities, learning and support to be delivered to young people to enable them to make decisions and plan their careers.   Careers education refers to a planned programme of activities within the curriculum that helps young people to gain the knowledge and understanding, and develop the skills and confidence, to make successful choices, manage transitions in learning and move into work.   Information Advice and guidance (IAG) enables individuals to use the knowledge and skills developed through careers education to make the decisions about learning and work that are right for them. It includes:

  • Careers information - accurate and up to date information on options in learning, progression routes, career opportunities and sources of help and support. This is delivered through a variety of different methods such as Tutor periods, guest Speakers, Theme days, Work Experience to name a few.
  • Impartial careers advice - to help young people gather, understand and interpret information and apply it to their own situation. This is carried out through University links, 1-2-1 careers guidance with Peter Lovatt (Northstar Guidance), guest speakers in assemblies and small groups and Interview evening with a wide range of employers and industries represented.
  • Impartial careers guidance - to help young people understand themselves and their needs, aspirations and influences on them and to make choices that are right for them.

 IAG includes information, advice and guidance on careers but extends to other personal wellbeing issues that young people face, some of which may present obstacles to progression and achievement in learning and work, e.g. health, welfare, financial issues.  The majority of this is delivered through our tutorial programme, pastoral system in school, Super Learning days, Thought for the week, mentoring and Assemblies.


2.1 Glossopdale School is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education for all students in years 7-13 and information, advice and guidance in partnership with the Northstar guidance and Derbyshire Education Business Partnership. Glossopdale School is committed to Work Related Learning at Key Stage 4 and KS5 through vocational courses and work experience and we believe all young people should have the opportunity to recognise, experience and develop the key skills for employment.

 2.3 Glossopdale School believes that ‘Every Child Matters’ and is committed to integrating this into the careers programme. It is designed to encourage enterprising behaviour and develop key skills, particularly where enterprise and work related learning is embedded in the curriculum. It is also intended to raise achievement and aspirations, value careers education, enjoy learning and ensure students’ progress as well as they can. The careers programme enables students to engage in decision-making through a clear Student Council and Executive structure and to help plan positive futures for all. The PSHE programme, which incorporates careers, promotes positive engagement with community and environment and positive relationships.

 Key objectives include:

 To develop a range of opportunities which enhance the curriculum

  • To promote greater awareness for students about the world of work.
  • The development of key skills and employability
  • To promote understanding of work, industry, the economy and community
  • To develop students personal and social skills in relationships in a range of contexts.
  • To provide students with informed and impartial guidance on the post 16 and Post 18 choices available.
  • To prepare and enable students to access IAG
  • To support and assist students in progressing to learning beyond 16 and 18
  • To ensure students access and benefit from external guidance provision
  • To provide a coherent IAG curriculum from Year 7-18
  • To develop the alternative education curriculum
  • To provide vocational, enterprise and work related learning as well as an academic curriculum.


 All staff contribute to careers education and IAG through their roles as form tutors and subject teachers. The careers programme itself is planned, monitored and evaluated by the Faculty Leader for Personal Development (Years 7 to 11) in consultation with the personal adviser who provides specialist careers guidance. The Post 16 programme is planned by the Assistant Principal Post 16 in consultation with the personal advisor, Leader of Sixth Form, FTL for Personal development and Vocational programme leader. The school also has a Vocational Programme Leader who oversees the wide variety of vocational courses offered and ensures the monitoring and quality of teaching, learning and assessment in these areas.

 Assessment and accreditation

 Vocational qualifications such as BTEC level 2 and level3 take place across the curriculum.  Also, Duke of Edinburgh and the opportunity for extended work experience in vocational areas are available.  The school is working towards the Raising Aspirations National Accreditation qualification.


 An annual partnership agreement is negotiated between the school and Northstar guidance Service, which identifies the contributions to the programme that each will make. Other partnerships are being developed e.g. Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Chamber of Commerce and Derbyshire Education Business Partnership.  Members of Glossop business network also work with some areas of the college.  Our Business Ambassador is Deborah Lees (A local Entrepreneur).

Monitoring, Review and Evaluation

The Partnership Agreement with Northstar is reviewed annually. The programme is reviewed annually by the FTL Personal Development, the Principal and the members involved from Northstar and DEBP.   A report is submitted to the School leadership team and governors.  Feedback is gained from the students through Evaluation sheets and Student Council and the Student Council Executive.

Parental access to careers guidance

Parents can contact the school for advice via the Careers Lead in school; Ms C Dunkerley at or on 01457862336.  Also, meetings can be arranged with the Careers Advisor (Peter Lovatt) who visits the school every Thursday.  An appointment can be made through C Dunkerley or attendance at the parents evenings for Year 10, 11 and Post 16 which Peter attends.  Peter also attends Year 9 Options Evening.

Advice can also be gained from the following useful websites:

Summary and Links to Gatsby Benchmarks





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