At Rivington and Blackrod High School, we aim to help all students achieve their full potential. A planned programme of activities, Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) and employability skills support our students to take their place as suitably qualified and responsible adults within society. The focus is upon careers and option choice. Raising the aspirations and achievement of individual students and equipping them with skills, attitudes, knowledge and understanding as a foundation for managing their lifelong career and learning.

Good communication and teamwork underpin activities and support for students. The Careers Programme at Rivington and Blackrod High School include activities for all students from years 7 - 13 that are delivered through:

  • Assemblies
  • Enrichment Activities
  • Form Tutor Time
  • The Personal, Social, Citizenship, Health and Education Programme (PSCHE)
  • Employer Encounters
  • Workplace Experiences
  • Careers Fair

To support us in ensuring a high standard of CEIAG, we will use the Compass Online Self-Evaluation Tool. This will be used to formulate an annual action plan to drive up standards and work towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks. For further information regarding the Gatsby Benchmarks, click here.

Impartial advice and guidance is provided by our Careers Adviser, Mrs Kathryn Garner from Connexions. Mrs Garner is in school on Mondays and Tuesdays each week.


Contact our Career Lead, Mr Paul Canning via email at

Mrs Deandre Maher is our CEIAG Co-ordinator. If you require further information or assistance, please contact Mrs Maher on 01204 333 266 (Ext. 135 ) or via email at

CEIAG Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students will receive Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) as part of their PSHCE curriculum, focusing on people, work and money skills.

We also provide each year group with the opportunity to experience talks, receive advice and participate in workshops with external providers such as businesses and influential individuals with varying degrees of expertise in different industries who work with the students to raise aspirations.

In Year 8, there is a bespoke options program that all students receive to assist them in making the right choices in selecting their chosen subjects for their GCSE’s. Alongside this is a parental open evening where parents will be able to discuss their child’s subject choices with the appropriate staff members to ensure that it is the correct option that suits their child needs.

Students are also given an options booklet and relevant careers information, which external providers provide to take into account when making their option choices.

Individual subject areas which are not necessarily delivered within the key stage 3 curriculum present an overview of their subject to students via a series of assemblies that allow for more informed decisions to be made.

CEIAG Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, the Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is maintained via PSHCE lessons. The focus moves to help students prepare for their WE placement and UCAS progress applications for post 16 options.

To ensure your child receives the most accurate and informative information, we arrange for a variety of post 16 provisions to be made available throughout the year, including colleges and apprenticeship providers via open days, talks, PSHCE lessons and form periods. We also run a mock interview scheme whereby students are required to attend an interview in a potential career area of choice. They will receive feedback about their interview performance to build on their confidence and apply their interpersonal skills when attending interviews for colleges and apprenticeships and jobs.

For further information, click on the links below.

We offer one to one career interviews for all of our students via our highly experienced and skilled Connexions Careers Advisor, who works with students to discuss their interests and career ambitions, advising which route will best meet their differing needs. To contact our Connexions Career Advisor, please email


Work Experience

At Rivington and Blackrod High School, we have a comprehensive work experience programme for Year 10 students. This enables them to spend five working days within a real working environment. Many local companies have been involved in the programme and offer excellent placement opportunities for our students. Through work experience, we aim to give students an insight and an appreciation of the world of work and assist in helping to manage more effectively the transition from school to employment. Students are encouraged to find their own work placements as it is a way of building communication and encouraging students to take initiative.

If you require any further information, please contact Mrs D Maher via email at or by telephone on 01204 333 266 (ext. 135).

Your role as partners in our school CEIAG programme

Teachers and School Staff

  • To provide learners with opportunities to discover and learn about careers and employability, engage with the wider business community and employers inside and outside the classroom
  • To link schemes of learning with the world of work and as mentors, discuss experiences, skills development and progression with students and help signpost them to the CEIAG team

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  • To engage with CEIAG events and learning opportunities
  • To ask questions, research and learn about future opportunities
  • To attend one to one interviews with the CEIAG team at key points in key stage 3 and key stage 4
  • To make use of the drop-in opportunities at break and lunchtimes
  • Each student will have the opportunity to meet with a member of the CEIAG team at key decision points

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  • To be aware of the CEIAG programme of activity and engage in the events and discussions about careers, progression and opportunities
  • To use CEIAG resources to support their young person in making key decisions
  • To contact the CEIAG team with any questions or concerns

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Employers and the wider community

We are keen to engage with employers and the wider community to support our delivery of CEIAG. Get in touch if you can support the school by helping with CEIAG events, such as our annual Careers Fair, Mock Interviews/Inspirational Talks or by offering a visit to your workplace or offering work experience.

Any enquiries can be sent to Mrs Maher, Careers Co-ordinator, via email at Alternatively, contact via telephone on 01204 333 266 (ext. 135).

Please see our Partner Contribution Provider Access Policy.

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Our principles for good quality, impartial CEIAG
  • All students are empowered to plan and manage their own futures
  • CEIAG will endeavour to respond to the needs of each learner
  • Students receive comprehensive information and advice
  • Students are given the opportunity to raise their aspirations
  • CEIAG actively promotes equality of opportunity and challenges stereotypes
  • Students are helped to progress