Careers Advice & Guidance

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

(Raising Aspirations programme)


Key Personnel

Careers Leader: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Careers advisor: Mr P Ferry (Positive steps) This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Careers administrator: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Good career guidance helps inspire students towards further study and enables them to make informed decisions whenever choices are open to them. It helps them to understand enough about the world of work to know what skills they need to succeed. It is important for social mobility because it helps open students’ eyes to careers they may not have considered. ( )


Audenshaw School is committed to providing a planned programme of Careers Education and Guidance for all students in years 7 – 11, this is in partnership with Positive Steps. Audenshaw School endeavors to carry out its statutory duties under Section 42A of the Education Act 1997. The school is committed to providing staff with CPD training relevant to raising aspirations and developing a stronger culture for careers throughout the school. Audenshaw School will ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all students in year 8 to year 11 for the purposes of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships as outlined in section 42B of the Education Act 1997. The Raising Aspirations School Improvement Plan contains strategic developments of CEIAG along with details staff involved, funding requirements, monitoring and impact. This plan will be reviewed by SLT and regular updates on its implementation will be discussed fortnightly with the Principal.

Parents and Carers

The school is committed to providing parents and carers with continuous updates on careers related activities that their children take part in. Parents will be made aware of talks, trips and visits relating to their child’s future pathways through the schools communication networks. The school also provide parents with the option to contact the careers adviser directly, please see contact details above.


Every curriculum area will take the opportunities to link learning with careers, in particular the STEM subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Displays in departments will highlight the range of careers opportunities/paths linked to their subject and highlight where the core LORIC employability skills of Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication are evident within each curriculum area


The schools impartial careers adviser (Positive Steps) conducts careers interviews in a private room. The careers adviser will meet with year 10 and 11 students on a rota throughout the year on a one-to-one basis. A record of the interview and its outcomes will be emailed to students by Positive Steps following the appointment. A copy is also retained in school to assist with tailoring each student’s aspirations to any career related activities taking place and the planning of additional activities. The service is available to year 8, 9, and 10 students by appointment. Details of when Positive Steps are in school will be displayed on the careers room door.

Community and employer links 

Audenshaw School is committed to developing links with businesses in the local area and in Tameside, to provide students with inspiration and guidance on the local economy, where speakers can provide students with information, advice and guidance on the local career prospects. Employers and other external agencies will be invited in throughout the academic year (where necessary) to work with students across various year groups. Students are also encouraged to visit appropriate college and apprenticeship open events and information is displayed within the designated careers area of the school to raise their awareness of the options available to them.

Findel education in Hyde have supported our workplace visit programme, allowing small groups of our year 9 students to experience a variety of roles within their company and take part in team building activities at their site in Hyde.

We have been working in close partnership with Brother UK through our GMCA Enterprise co-coordinator to provide support for activities that contribute to all 8 Gatsby benchmarks such as; Staff training, workplace visits, encounters with employers/employees, virtual work experience opportunities, mock interviews, speed networking and student mentoring programmes. Regular meetings take place with our enterprise adviser at Brother UK to discuss our progress towards the benchmarks and plan additional collaboration to further strengthen our Raising aspiration programme.

If you feel that you can get involved and contribute to raising our students' aspirations in this way please contact the school, it would be great to get you involved.


Labour Market Information 

Providing students with continuous updates on Labour Market Information is fundamental to their career choice pathways. Working with key partners and other external agencies the school will provide students and staff with resources of factual knowledge on the local and national economy developments on education and employment opportunities. All students will have access to XELLO  through their own personalised log in. XELLO is designed to provide personalised support for young people in planning their future and exploring the world of careers, training and further education.

Year 7 

Year 7 students will be given career related assemblies and will have the opportunity to listen to external speakers about interesting career choices. They will use the XELLO site during form time to begin exploring a wide range of careers options to better understand what they involve along with the skills and qualifications required.

Year 8 

Careers Education is implemented within the year 8 Life Skills curriculum (aim high and a vision for the future) and students are provided with opportunities throughout the year to develop their self-awareness and future prospects. Year 8 will be given appropriate career related talks from external speakers. Year 8 will have one timetabled lesson per week with access to ICT facilities in order to complete the PiXL Edge Apprentice level qualification, a specifically selected team of teachers will deliver this to maximise its success with achievement of the LORIC skills celebrated throughout the year during assemblies and at end of year celebrations All students will be given the opportunity to access information relating to technical qualifications and apprenticeships from a range of education and training providers. Year 8 students will have access to XELLO throughout the year.

Year 9 

During the life skills curriculum, year 8 will cover topic such as; Enterprise, CV writing, Labor markets and incomes. They will use the XELLO site during form time to explore additional career options and to help support them during the guided pathways process. Students will choose their options through the Guided Pathways programme, which will support their future outcomes post year 11 and allow the school to provide bespoke careers related activities for all students progressing on to Key Stage 4. 

Year 10 

Students will take part in careers related talks from external providers. During the summer term, all year 10 students will be involved in a week of career related activities, this involves a careers fair where they meet a wide range of local employers, CV writing and job application skill. Additional to this the school will also provide students with an opportunity to submit a ‘mock’ application form and experience a practice interview with an employer. Students will then get feedback on this process. Students will also be given the opportunity to work towards the PiXL edge Graduate level qualification with successes celebrated during assemblies and end of year celebrations.

Year 11 

Students will be provided with college and apprenticeship presentations and carry out one-to-one guidance sessions with the careers adviser. They will also be provided with application support, information on Post 16 open events and opportunities to develop their CV writing skills and a CV checking service during lunch time sessions with the careers advisor. Year 11 students will work with XELLO in the first term to help raise their aspirations and guide and support them as they apply to colleges in readiness for the next phase of their education and training.













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