CEIAG (Careers education information, advice and guidance)

For career provider access statement visit our policies and procedures page.

Paulet High School and Sixth Form College is committed to providing a comprehensive programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students. The school’s work is informed by current government guidelines and recommendations and other relevant guidance.

Our aims of the CEIAG programme are:

  • To contribute to strategies for raising achievement, especially by increasing motivation.
  • To support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity.
  • To encourage participation in continued learning including Higher Education and Further Education , Apprenticeships and Training.
  • To develop Enterprise and Employment skills.
  • To maintain our extremely low Not Employed in Education or Training (NEET) figures and drop-out from courses in education and training.
  • To contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and communities.
  • To meet the needs of all our students through appropriate differentiation.
  • To raise awareness of the Local Market Information.
  • To focus students on their future aspirations.
  • To involve parents and carers in key decisions concerning careers and progression.

We believe our programme will help students to:

  • Understand themselves, their interests, likes and dislikes, what they are good at and how this affects the choices they make.
  • Identify any barriers to education, employment and training and signpost/refer as required to internal or external agencies for additional targeted support.
  • Find out about different courses, what qualifications they might need and what opportunities there might be.
  • Develop the skills needed for working life, including looking at the positive activities or voluntary opportunities students could engage in out of school.
  • Understand the requisite employability skills and those important personal and social skills required outside of the classroom.
  • Make realistic, but ambitious, choices about courses and jobs.
  • Develop a plan of action for the future.
  • Understand the different routes after Year 11 including Further and Higher Education, Traineeships/ Apprenticeships and Training and Employment.
  • Understand the different routes after Year 12 or 13 including Further and Higher education, Apprenticeships and employment and gap years.
  • Be able to make effective applications for jobs, training and further and higher education.
  • Develop interview skills.
  • Be able to complete a CV and covering letter
  • Improve confidence and self esteem

We implement our programme through the following opportunities:

  • Onsite independent careers advisor, Emily Hardy who provides one to one and group sessions throughout Years 10, 11, 12 and 13
  • SLT Year 11 Careers Interviews
  • Careers representative available to give impartial advice at Year 9 options evening, Years 11 and 13 parents’ evening and sixth form open evening
  • Subject specific trips
  • Year 10 and 11 mentoring slots
  • Enterprise days
  • Stepping into the NHS event at Staffordshire Showground
  • Sixth form enrichment opportunities
  • Higher education week
  • Duke of Edinburgh Award
  • Year 9 options week

CEIAG is further enhanced via activities and workshops, delivered internally or using external agencies. These are implemented through collapsed timetable sessions and  careers exhibitions and careers days. The implementation of CEIAG is additionally supported by contributions from local and national businesses, employers and professionals. FE and HE institutions, training providers and the voluntary sector. External visits are a core part of CEIAG, including visits to the National Skills Show, Big Bang Skills Show, employer on site visits and college visits. In- house staff offer additional support through form tutors and subject departmental activities at key appropriate points throughout the academic year.

The updated provider access legislation (PAL) specifies schools must provide at least six encounters for all their students:
  • Two encounters for pupils during the ‘first key phase’ (year 8 or 9) that are mandatory for all pupils to attend
  • Two encounters for pupils during the ‘second key phase’ (year 10 or 11) that are mandatory for all pupils to attend
  • Two encounters for pupils during the ‘third key phase’ (year 12 or 13) that are mandatory for the school to put on but optional for pupils to attend
  • The new legislation will become a key mechanism to further help learners understand and take-up, not just apprenticeships, but wider technical education options such as T-Levels and Higher Technical Qualifications.

Finally we hope to offer Year 10 and Year 12 students a week of work experience  so that they can really experience the world of work for themselves. (If you could help by offering a placement – please get in touch!)

We are proud to be part of the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Careers Hub in line with the DfE vision for all schools and colleges to be a part of a Careers Hub by 2024. We work closely with the Careers and Enterprise Company to further expand and improve our careers provision within Paulet. The CEC is the national body for careers education in England, supporting schools and colleges to deliver modern, 21st century careers education. Our mission is to help every young person find their next best step. Supporting schools and colleges to engage with local employers to help them deliver world class careers support for all young people by building networks, supporting Careers Leaders in school and using the Gatsby Benchmark framework as a best practice standard and tool for continuous improvement.

Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Coordinator: Naomi Baxter

Through the use of quality assurance procedures, CEIAG at Paulet High School & Sixth Form is monitored using:

  • Lesson observations
  • Learning walks
  • Student voice
  • Questionnaires following activities
  • Evaluation of work experience placements by students
  • Regular meetings and communication with the Careers and Enterprise HUB
  • Gatsby benchmarks COMPASS reviews
  • We also review our destination data of students and react to current trends and LA targeted objectives.

If you would like any further information about our CEIAG please contact the school (FAO: Mrs Claire McArthur (Assistant Headteacher and Careers Leader))

Martin Cain (Link Governor)


This information will next be reviewed January 2024