Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Assistant Headteacher (Personal Development) and Careers Lead: Mr Paul Sunley          Email:

Careers Coordinator: Mrs Sarah Worrell                   Email:

The school careers team is available in the academy every day and is available for students during the working day. Support is provided by the link governor.

Link Governor: Mrs Tracy Dennis, is a full-time employee of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Beacon Careers Plan 2020-21

Careers Policy

Careers Entitlement Statment

Provider Access Statement

Are you a former Beacon student? Want to tell us how you are doing? Please complete our Beacon Leavers Form and email it back to the address above. We would love to hear from you.


Aims and Purpose of CEIAG at Beacon Academy

The main aims of careers provision at Beacon Academy are to:

  • Prepare pupils for life post-education.
  • Develop an understanding of different career paths and challenge stereotypes.
  • Develop an understanding of the differences and similarities between school and work.
  • Inspire pupils to chase and achieve their dreams.
  • Help pupils to access information on the full range of post-16 education and training opportunities.
  • Support pupils after leaving school.
  • Offer targeted support for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
  • Instill a healthy attitude towards work.

Beacon Academy is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in Years 7-11 which will be detailed in the careers plan (see above). All staff at Beacon Academy share responsibility for preparing children for future careers. We aim to ensure that our students are self-confident, and have the necessary skills to be “career-ready” when they leave.

At Beacon Academy our vision is that all students are equipped with the high aspirations, skills and qualifications to set them on their pathways to global opportunities by the time they leave in Y11. Students will have a planned programme of careers education and guidance supported by further opportunities for enrichment. This all falls within the parameters of the DFE Careers Education Framework – Statutory Guidance (DFE-00002-2018).

Within our careers provision we aim to:

  • Provide independent careers guidance from year 7 to year 11 where appropriate.
  • Ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 7 to year 11 for the purpose of informing them about the full range of pathways available to them including, approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships.
  • Use the Gatsby Benchmarks in a way to provide continuous improvement to our careers provision.
  • Provide opportunities for students in year 7 to year 11 to have quality encounters with employers, particularly from STEM employers both nationally and locally.
  • Employ a Careers Leader to lead the careers programme in the academy. This is supported by the work of our dedicated CEIAG Link Governor.
  • Keep parent/carers and students updated on all elements of our careers programme as and when appropriate.

The Statutory Guidance: Careers guidance and access for education, and training providers (October 2018) is the long-term plan to build “a World class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them”. Its aims are as follows:

All young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

All schools and colleges are to achieve the 8 Gatsby benchmarks by 2020:

  1. A stable careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each student.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees.
  6. Experiences of workplaces.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education.
  8. Personal Guidance.

Assessing the impact of the programme:

  • Destinations data will inform annual amendments and adaptations to the careers programme.
  • Students complete a careers survey at the beginning and end of each academic year. Survey results are reviewed to assess the impact of the careers programme at the end of the year.
  • Students complete a questionnaire following each event, which will provide valuable feedback on the impact of the programme.
  • We keep a comprehensive provision map of all activities undertaken by each student over their time in school. This allows us to assess the provision we have put in place for students at an individual level.
  • We welcome feedback from students/parents/employers/partners/businesses and our own teachers to help us assess the impact of the programme.

Parents and Carers:

Parental involvement is encouraged. Online resources can be accessed through the links on the school website. Parents are kept up to date with careers work through letters, newsletters, at open evenings and parents’ evenings.

We welcome feedback on the careers programme from parents and carers.

If you are a parent/carer and want to provide feedback or contribute to the programme, please contact our Careers Coordinator, Mrs Sarah Worrell.

By email:           By telephone: 01472 328888

All learners will take part in a careers education programme in Y 7 – 11 that helps them to:

  • Understand their education, training, employment and other progression opportunities,
  • Develop the skills they need to plan and manage their own personal development and career progression,
  • Access relevant information and learning from a range of different sources
  • Offer feedback and ideas on how to improve the careers programme
  • Have access to, and support with using careers information that is:
    • Easy to find and available at convenient times
    • Comprehensive, giving details of all progression, opportunities and associated support arrangements such as financial help,
    • Unbiased and up-to-date (L6 careers advisor).

Dedicated Careers Guidance:  Guidance in year 10 and year 11 is provided by a qualified Careers Advisor from the YPSS Careers Service. Students are allocated at least 1 hours 1:1 careers guidance in year 11 and vulnerable students are identified in year 10 to start that process early. Where necessary, external, independent and impartial careers services are invited in to address students directly through opportunities in assemblies, form time and open evenings.


We welcome support from a variety of Employers and we are always looking to develop our links further. We are always seeking to enhance our programme and employers are a vital aspect of this work and can contribute significantly to developing our students further.

If you are a local company and you can contribute to our careers programme, please contact our Careers Coordinator, Mrs Sarah Worrell. You can also respond by completing our Employers Opportunities Form and returning it to the email below.

By email:           By telephone: 01472 328888

CEIAG Provision Improvement Strategy:  Beacon Academy uses Compass (the career benchmarking tool) to assess our current provision against all 8 benchmarks of the Gatsby Benchmark initiative. Our progress against these benchmarks is reviewed with the Link Governor regularly throughout the academic year. This is done with an aim of meeting each benchmark with a score of 100% by the end of 2020.

Key developments for us:

  • Benchmark 5  – We are looking to expand the range of opportunities that we have in place, particularly for our year 7 and 8 students to engage with employers and employees.
  • Benchmark 6 – We are always keen to expand on the range of opportunities for students to conduct work experience placements that align well with their needs and aspirations.

Current Events

WiME – Women into Manufacturing and Engineering – Careers Fair – Brochure

Useful links:

  1. Lincs2 is an online careers gateway providing invaluable information to the people of North East Lincolnshire to help them make the right choices regarding post-16 qualifications and beyond. Click here to go to the Lincs2 website.
  2. LMI for allThe LMI for All portal provides high quality, reliable labour market information (LMI) to inform careers decisions. To visit this site, click here.
  3. LMI Humber is a quality resource that allows students and parents/carers to see information about the labour market in North East Lincolnshire. This can be a useful tool to refer to when considering future employment options and trends.  Click here to visit the NEL section of the LMI Humber website.  Click here to view the latest LMI (Labour Market Information) for the Yorkshire and Humber region.
  4. icould is a student and parent/carer friendly careers advice and information service.  This is an online charity providing career ideas and information for young people. Click here to go to the icould 
  5. My Way In shares stories and advice from people in work and employers all across the UK. You’ll find tips to help you broaden your experience and the number of jobs you have access to as well as information about the industries which are likely to have vacancies in the future. Click here to go to the MyWayIn website.
  6. HOP – The Humber Outreach Programme website has lots of useful information to help you prepare for your next steps after leaving Beacon Academy, click here to go to the site.

Thinking about an apprenticeship?

  1. Download the Parent Careers Pack from Amazing Apprenticeships here

Thinking about University?

  1. Uni4me – Everyone should have the chance to go onto higher education. Uni4me give you access to online events, activities and resources from UK higher education organisations that support your learning and enable you to find out more about your future opportunities. To go to the site, click here.
  2. Discover Uni Thinking about your university choices? Discover Uni has official information to help you:
  • Decide if university is right for you
  • Choose what and where to study
  • Has a range of downloadable resources
  • Allows you to find and compare courses

To go to the site, click here.