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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

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At Rivington and Blackrod High School our aim is 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 on line 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 , please follow this link: http://www.goodcareerguidance.org.uk/the-benchmarks

Impartial advice and guidance is provided by our Careers Adviser, Mrs Kathryn Garner from Connexions.  Mrs Garner is in school for two days per week which are Mondays and Tuesdays.

Mr Paul Canning is the Career Lead. pcanning@rbhs.co.uk 

Mrs Deandre Maher is CEIAG Co-ordinator and if you need to find out more or need any further assistance, please contact on 01204 333266 x 135 or email dmaher@rbhs.co.uk

CEIAG Key Stage 3

 At Key Stage 3 students will receive Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) as part of their PSHCE curriculum which has a focus 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 who have varying degrees of expertise in different industries who work with the students to raise aspirations.

In Year 8 there is a bespoke options program which 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 members of staff 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 is provided by external providers 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 which allow for more informed decisions to made.

CEIAG Key Stage 4

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

In order to ensure your child is provided with the most accurate and informative information, we arrange for a variety of post 16 provision 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, where they will receive feedback about their interview performance so as to build on their confidence and apply their interpersonal skills when attending interviews for colleges, apprenticeships and jobs.

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We offer one to one career interviews for all of our students via our highly experienced and skilled Connexions Careers Advisor who will work 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 KGarner@rbhs.co.uk

Work Experience

At Rivington and Blackrod High School we have in place 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.  Please contact Mrs D Maher if you require any further information . dmaher@rbhs.co.uk of 01204 333266 x 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 with employers inside and outside of the classroom.  To link schemes of learning with the world of work and as mentors, to discuss experiences, skills development and progression with students and help signpost them to the CEIAG team.

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Students - To engage with CEIAG events and learning opportunities. ask questions, research and discover all they can 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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Parents/Carers - 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.  If you could support the school either by helping with a CEIAG event at the school, such as - Careers Fair,Mock Interviews/Inspirational Talks or by offering a visit to your workplace or by offering work experience.

Any enquiries can be sent to dmaher@rbhs.co.uk.  Mrs Maher, Careers Co-ordinator. Telephone number 01204 333266 extension 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 endevour 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.