Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Our key focus

At George Stephenson High School, we understand that Careers Education has never been more important for our students.  This is driving us to continually build on our current CEIAG provision to ensure that all students are informed about the options available to them both on a local and national level.  Students also enjoy experiences from our external links and will gain a detailed knowledge of the offering provided by apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form and further education colleges, universities and employment. 

What we aim to offer

We aim to offer a comprehensive careers programme which enables our students to gain an understanding of the vast array of careers options that may be suitable for them on a personal level.  This begins with focus on high aspirations, in addition to building skills and confidence, and putting into place practical plans of how potential career paths can be achieved.  Students also have the opportunity to talk to employers and receive guidance on a personal level around the selection of appropriate subject choices or career paths, with the aim of supporting their individual career plans. 

Monitoring of student progress throughout their time at school has never been more important to ensure that students are aware of new career opportunities and are on-track to achieve their desired goals.  This often involves offering tailored opportunities based on the unique needs of students.  

Gatsby Benchmarks

As a whole school, we are working towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks. These are the 8 foundations of good careers guidance and our aim is that they permeate teaching throughout the school.  This includes supportive careers information from subject specialists, pastoral support and timetabled careers lessons. 

What makes us different?

Supporting our students to achieve successful outcomes within their studied subjects is just one aspect of what we are trying to achieve.  We recognise that all this effort and hard work is an enabling mechanism for students to fulfil their wider ambitions.  This is where CEIAG sits at the heart of school life.  We are so passionate about this that we provide our students with timetabled careers lessons in addition to the great work that is undertaken throughout the school.  We are constantly improving our school CEIAG policy, please click on the link to view this CEIAG Policy

Independent Guidance

Supporting our careers provision from Year 7 through to Year 13 are Connexions; we also provide pupils with the Connexions service which offers one to one sessions giving impartial advice of careers. For more information on Connexions, visit their website. All Year 11 students are offered at least one session in the year, but all students can arrange a drop in session via their form tutor at any point. 

Employers

At George Stephenson High School, we are very eager to work with employers and build on our current links.  If you are an employer and feel that you could support students in some way, this could be in terms of giving a speech, workshop or tour then we would be thrilled to talk this through.  If you would like to be part of our employer community, please contact Leon Allen (Business and CEIAG Lead Teacher) at lallen@gshs.org.uk

Parents and Carers

You can support your child in this area of our curriculum by exploring the wealth of information available on the internet, as well as visiting us at George Stephenson. Please see the list of useful websites which explore careers, apprenticeships and skills building sites.