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 What is CEIAG?

CEIAG stands for Careers Education, Information and Guidance.  It is the acronym used to describe any support and education which is provided to students which helps inform their next steps, whether that be a transition to the next phase of education (options at GCSE for example), decisions about post 16 education or training or indeed the choice of higher education, further education, apprenticeships or employment at the end of post 18 study.

how will it be delivered? 

CEIAG will be delivered through the PSHCE programme from years 7-13,  delivered by school staff and co-ordinated by the Careers Lead and PSHCE co-ordinator, Mrs Watts and Head of Sixth Form, Mrs Prydden.

As students progress through Key Stages 3 and 4 they will be taught how to develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to manage their own learning including: how to evaluate themselves honestly and realistically, how to set targets, make decisions, review and summarise their progress, present themselves effectively and make action plans which match their personal skills to abilities, interests and careers aspirations. 

Through the 'living in the wider world' strand of the PSHCE programme of study, students have the opportunity to learn about careers with access to various platforms including ; Learn Live, Start and I-could . They actively explore Labour Market Information, the options and pathways across the local area open to them to achieve their career aspirations. As students progress through KS5, they will have the opportunity to gain further CEIAG with reference to the careers they are interested in including support with Apprenticeships and applying for University via a UCAS Application.  

Students will also receive impartial careers advice from a Level 6 trained careers adviser, and, for a specific cohort, through Young Peoples' Services in Cheshire West and Chester.

Careers Programme (Gatsby 1)


Unifrog is an online tool to support with finding university and apprenticeship places.  Students can easily find and apply for every course and apprenticeship in the UK – everything from university courses, to School Leaver Programmes, to Massive Open Online Courses. Our main aim to ensure that all of our students end up in the right destination for them and to be considering and planning for this throughout their time in school.  Students can compare side-by-side every post-16 and post-18 opportunity in the UK. They can rank on lots of factors, like starting salary, distance from home, drop out rate, and weekly study hours.  Students also use the tool from Year 8 upwards to log skills and experiences linked to employability through the competencies store.


Changing Education are an independent company who provide part of our provision around CEIAG. Changing Education is the largest EBP who work with over 500 schools and colleges and provide meaningful partnerships with over 72,000 employers. 

We use Changing Education to supply the school with a Level 6 trained careers adviser, Mr Knight who provides independent careers advice through 1:1 appointments with students mainly from years 10-13 as they embark on significant career planning decisions. 

Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 will also be offered appointments if required for support and engagement purposes.  Our careers adviser will also be available for drop in appointments at futures evening events for Year 9 and Year 11 students, where parents and students can request independent support and advice. In addition, Changing Education support us to co-ordinate our Work Experience programme for students in years 10 and 12 during the summer term. 

work experience 

Work experience is offered to all students in Year 10 and 12.  During the summer term, students will be expected to spend a week in employment, gaining experience and skills to support decision making and to inspire them with the opportunities they have.  Students are requested to self-place using the ConnectED App, following the guidance provided in the launch assembly and sent to students and parents via Edulink.  ​We have links through The Pledge Partnership to employers in a wide range of sectors to support students with finding placements and both school and Changing Education will give more support to those who, despite their best efforts, have not been able to find an appropriate placement.

Career Pathways guide for parents & carers 

Below are useful guides with reference to options, futures and pathways. Each parent guide can be viewed by clicking on the relevant image below:

The Parents' Guide to Careers
The Future of Work Guide
Apprenticeship Information - Feb 2021
Helping your child begin their career journey
Home Life & Study
Helping your child know what's next

With the support of their sponsor JP Morgan, Success at Schools are creating a guide to help parents and carers steer their children through the confusing world of careers choices. From university and apprenticeships to work experience and gap years, this guide has it all.

The full careers guide will be out next academic year - but an ebook preview version to help parents can be downloaded by visiting: Helping your child begin their career journey 

​​​At QPHS CEIAG will also include:

  • Personal interviews at key transitional stages in Year 9, 11, 12 and 13
  • Enterprise activities in school
  • Visits to workplaces and local education providers
  • Guest speaker presentations from universities, training providers and apprenticeship schemes
  • Futures Conferences for Year 9 and 11 cohorts
  • Taster days in the  Sixth Form and at FE college
  • University visits
  • Mock interviews
  • Access to careers events involving wide range of representatives from industry, public services and education providers (in school or through links within the MAT)
  • A range of vocational courses taught throughout KS4 and KS5 which develop knowledge about work related learning and careers in a range of sectors
  • Specialist work related programmes to support vulnerable and disadvantaged students.

Useful resources to support students explore careers, future options and pathways

Post 16 options (National Careers Service) website
Post 18 options (National Careers Service) website
What are T Levels Film video
Future TalentED (website of useful on-line career magazines 2018/2019/2020) link
icould (real stories to inspire your career & tools to support CV writing and revision planning) website
Start careers for 11-18yrs (all students in KS3 & 4 will be using this platform) website
Unifrog website
U-explore website
National Careers Service (includes a dedicated section for schools) website
Apprenticeships (latest news & info on apprenticeships & schemes plus tips on how to apply) website
Register & apply for current apprenticeships website

Key Staff: Mrs Watts is the member of staff with overall responsibility for co-ordinating Careers education and provision at QPHS. Email: Tel. 01244 981500
Heads of Key Stage will support with advice, guidance and enrichment opportunities. In addition, individual career interviews and support can also be gained from Mrs Jane Conlon (Careers Adviser).Tutors will ensure that information linked to careers opportunities are shared, will set and monitor tasks on Unifrog (Sixth form) and CEIG is delivered as part of the tutor time programme and enrichment days.