Careers Education, Information & Guidance

Careers Education, Information & Guidance (CEIAG) Summary 2019

Progress towards the Gatsby Benchmarks:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Dec 2017 25% 50% 71% 0% 100% 50% 66% 100%
Dec 2018 88% 100% 90%` 93% 100% 100% 83% 87%
National 4% 30% 9% 13% 37% 39% 8% 46%

Next audit: July 2019

School SLT: Lead Karen Kelso

Link Governor: Steve Starkie

Enterprise Advisor: Mark Watters

Inspira link: Mel Carr

Inspira advisor: Abigail Finlay



  • ½ termly meeting with KMK MW MC
  • Development of the Careers plan
  • Engagement with area CEIAG network on a termly basis
  • Paper informing SLT of new requirements Jan 2018
  • Middle leader briefing Feb 2018 – meeting the requirements and sharing good practice
  • Subject leader curriculum audit Easter 2018
  • Directors of Learning CEIAG audit 2018
  • Gaps identified in and links to performance in GB audited.
  • KMK engaged in the STEM Insight programme with local employers Summer 2018
  • SL and DoLs complete careers plan
  • Careers advisor training undertaken by NG – ongoing
  • Whole staff training on BECBC by BECBC with sharing of good practice across school by INSPIRA
  • KMK interview by National STEM centre for online training course for Science teachers and schools careers leaders as an example of best practice.
  • Unifrog training in place and roll out planned for Easter 2019
  • Hub school lead declined.
Measuring & Assessing the Impact of the Careers Programme

It is hard to evaluate the success of any careers programme however we use 3 methods:

  • Published data: The Department for Education
    publishes a range of data on pupil destinations at 16 and 18 and we compare our school with others in west Cumbria and all schools in England.
  • Compass Tool: We are using the Compass Analysis tool to measure the
    progress of our careers education against the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • Evaluating activities: We try to evaluate the success of each activity by asking our students for feedback on the impact of the activity. In some cases we try and see what the longer term, rather than just the immediate, impact is.
Summary of the Careers Programme

Careers Education is an integral part of our curriculum and tutor periods. St Benedict’s has the support of Inspira for independent careers advice and provides careers education and opportunities for all students.

We try to expose the students to a wide range of career/study pathways in as many ways as possible from school delivered sessions, external providers and external visits and nationally recognised programmes. By developing a cohesive programme of CEIAG from primary onwards we can form young people with employability skills, academic qualifications and the confidence to make informed choices about their future.

  • BAE Roadshow
  • CEIAG Evening
  • Careers Assemblies
  • Year 5/6 open evenings for prospective students and parents to assist pathway choices.
  • Year 6 master classes for high achieving year 5 and 6 students linked into possible career pathways for the future
  • HE Workshop
  • Destination Milky Way Employer Engagement Project  for Year 7 Academically Gifted students
  • UCLAN (University of Central Lancashire) workshop for disadvantaged students
  • CEIAG evening for parents, employers and external providers to stimulate discussion about future pathways
  • Curriculum careers links
  • Aspiring Higher evening for Year 8/9 presented by the University of Cumbria, Inspira, Sellafield Ltd, St. Benedict’s Sixth Form and the Energy Coast partners both year groups to highlight different pathways
  • STEM Event for academically gifted in Science
  • Employer engagements STEM workshops for all students
  • REACT Foundation Science Show
  • Careers Assemblies
  • Options workshop
  • Visit to the University of Cumbria for whole year group
  • Navy youth engagement day
  • University  workshop for most able students
  • UCLAN workshop for disadvantaged students
  • Curriculum careers links
  • Hello Future – one hour workshop twice with 60 students (30 students per workshop) aiming at raising aspirations and promoting the “Skills and Employability”
  • Raising aspirations mentoring scheme with the University of Cumbria
  • REACT Foundation Science Show
  • STEM event for academically gifted in Science
  • One to one tutor meetings prior to options to discuss future pathways
  •  “Buddy Scheme” with Year 13
  • Careers and Guidance assemblies.
  • Option assemblies after Christmas
  • University of Cumbria Higher Education talks.
  • WOW (World of Work day), gives the students insight into a variety of jobs
  • Options evening
  • Bright Sparks STEM programme for the most able.
  • Outreach day at the University of Cumbria in Carlisle
  • Aspiring Higher evening for Year 9 presented by the University of Cumbria, Inspira, Sellafield, St. Benedict’s Sixth Form and the Energy Coast partners both year groups to highlight different pathways
  • Year 9 Shadowing scheme in Sixth Form
  • Options curriculum pathways assembly January
  • Information Assembly UCAS, presented by Director of Learning for Sixth Form
  • Inspirational women’s conference
  • Curriculum careers links
  • Masterclass for academically students
  • ACE day at Newcastle University for most able and disadvantaged
  • Employability fare with local employers, Sellafield, Burnetts, React, GEN2, BAE
  • University of Cumbria assembly on summer schools
  • Assembly by INSPIRA on CV’s, interview technique
  • Work ready day delivered by INSPIRA
  • Careers Assemblies
  • Youth Prenuership scheme
  • Year 10 Taster sessions with the University of Cumbria
  • Work experience guidance by form tutors
  • Assembly on aspiration and outcomes determined by grades
  • Curriculum careers links
  • Prom passport and apprentice talk from GEN 2
  • Career advice talks with Director of Learning Year 11
  • Careers Assemblies
  • Year 11 STEM Careers Assembly
  • CV preparation through Tutor groups
  • Individual Interviews with Director of Learning for Sixth Form to discuss possible onward pathways post 16
  • University Talk, given by Russell Group University representative
  • One to one mentoring with employers – organised by INSPIRA
  • Information lessons given around ‘The right course choices’
  • Skills workshop with University of Cumbria on induction day
  • GEN 2 session on induction day for apprenticeship pathways
  • Appointments with Inspira and Lakes College on GCSE results day
  • Curriculum careers links
  • Sixth Form Tutors, the Student Support Officer (SSO) and the Director of Learning (DOL) engage in an ongoing dialogue with students around CIAG
  • One to one IAG mentoring with DOL/SSO/Tutors
  • Oxbridge in Cumbria meeting for students and parents
  • University of Cumbria – Law and Court Workshop
  • Online resources for IAG including Plotr, UCAS, National Careers Service, Prospects, GEN2
  • Cambridge University – Raising awareness and aspirations  (KS4 + KS5)
  • Dream Placement assembly
  • Dream Placement week
  • Durham Progression Programme
  • EES (Engineering in Education Scheme)
  • Year 12 STEM Careers Assembly
  • University of Cumbria –Raising awareness of HE for Year11’s + 12’s
  • Sellafield workshop on careers in the industry
  • Workshop on Technical Specialist Trainee Scheme (TSTS) scheme
  • Assembly on project management
  • Peer mentoring training by University of Cumbria
  • University of Sunderland – Raising awareness of HE Year 12
  • GEN II Talk – TSTS (Technical Specialist Trainee Scheme) and Higher level apprenticeships
  • Beyond 16 Careers Convention at Energus
  • Leeds University workshop on starting A Levels
  • Northumbria University talk and revision skills
  • Year 12 – Edge Hill University talk, Sixth Form Hall
  • Year 12  – Edge Hill University talk, routes into healthcare professions
  • Oxbridge Conference at St. James’ Park, Newcastle
  • University awareness’ by Newcastle University, whole day event involving all Year 12’s
  • Year 12 Peer mentoring training by the University of Cumbria
  • Year 12 Assembly on University of Cumbria summer schools
  • Edge Hill University presentations
  • Year 12 Student Finance presentation
  • Year 13 Interview preparation by the University of Cumbria
  • Employability workshop delivered by the CIM
  • Work ready morning (mock interviews) by INSPIRA
  • Workshop from Oxford on applying to university
  • Healthcare and Blue Light Event
  • Information session from UCLAN on courses
  • University awareness, Parent/carer session
  • Assembly on ‘Law’ by former student
  • Assembly on ‘Careers in the NHS’
  • Assembly on ‘Biomedical Sciences’ at University and life at university by former student
  • Assembly on ‘Apprenticeship Choices’ by Sellafield
  • Making your degree go further –  Aston University
  • Assembly on ‘Broadcasting’ by BBC Radio
  • Glasgow University Open Day trip
  • Edinburgh University Open Day trip
  • Manchester Metropolitan University Open Day trip and visit to specific departments at Manchester University
  • Newcastle and Northumbria Universities’ Open Day trip
  • Oxford University Open Day trip
  • UCAS HE Convention trip to The Sands Centre, Carlisle
  • Curriculum careers links
  • Appointments with INSPIRA and Lakes College on AS/A Level results day
Applying to University
Provider Access Policy
Career Aspirations
Starting a Career


Our Senior Leader with oversight of the careers programme is Mrs K Kelso Assistant Headteacher. She can be contacted on 01946 692275 or by e-mailing

You can also contact Mr Gillson, our Careers Advisor on 01946 692275 or by e-mailing

Useful Links & Documents

CareerMag – Labour market information by region April – June 2019 – Download Document  Labour market information July – Sept 2019 – Download Document  Parents’ Pack – Apprenticeship Information – Download Document