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Careers Policy


The legislation and guidance that informs our school’s CEIAG policy

The policy is written in line with statutory guidance of the Education Act 2011 (updated Sept 2012), the DfE Careers Guidance and Inspiration in school statutory duties of April 2014, and Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers’ statutory guidance of January 2018.

This policy is also informed by:

 The DfE Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents of December 2017

 Advice from the Careers and Enterprise Company endorsed by the Careers Development Institute

 The Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit

 The D2N2 Employability Framework of January 2016.

DfE Careers Guidance and access for education and training providers of January 2018 references statutory duty of Section 42A of the Education Act 1997 which requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered students at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from Year 8 to Year 13.

Careers guidance secured under the duty must:

  •  be presented in an impartial manner;
  •  include information on the full range of post-16 education or training options, including Apprenticeships and technical education routes
  •     promote the best interests of those to whom it is given.

The Technical and Further Education Act of 2017 inserts section 42B into the Education Act 1997 and came into force in January 2018. This new law requires each school to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all students in Year 8 to Year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships. (See ‘Policy Statement For Provider Access’ on the school website, which sets out how other educational and training providers can be given access to students.)

The D2N2 Employability Framework

Through the CEIAG programme students have the opportunity to develop the key features of the D2N2 Employability framework (January 2016) below:

  1. Invest in themselves, recognise their own strengths and values, and take responsibility for developing their work readiness skills and behaviours. Self-motivated.
  1. Have the tools and skills required to present themselves to a future employer. Self-assured.
  1. Have high aspirations for themselves. Aspirational.
  1. Understand the opportunities available to them locally and beyond and make realistic choices. Informed .
  1. Have experiences of work that is rewarding and fulfilling. Experienced.
  1. Achieve qualifications valued by employers. Achieving.
  1. Understand that employers want people who will work hard and are accountable for their actions. Accountable.
  1. Understand that employers want young people who can listen and learn from their successes and their mistakes, and keep going. Resilient.
  1. Work creatively to achieve their potential and that of the business. Entrepreneurial.
  1. Have effective communication and co-working skills. Co-operative.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

Since January 2018, the government have set out an ambitious timescale of all schools to attain a measured improved careers provision by 2020 called the Gatsby Benchmarks, published by the Careers and Enterprise Company. (See appendix 1)

Murray Park School is addressing these benchmarks within the School Development Plan and by increasing the number of employer contacts for each student. The Senior Management Team and link Governor are fully committed to supporting the work of the Careers Leader

By using and returning to the provided Gatsby Benchmark self-assessment tool called Compass, our school’s Career plan will be informed of our ongoing priorities and will help to reinforce our school’s already longstanding commitment to careers education.

CEAIG is the responsibility of the Careers Lead. However, many other staff in school and external who influence the decision making and have responsibility for the delivery of the CEIAG.

In brief, the following are all involved:

     Careers Lead and Aspirations Careers Employability Coordinator - Tim Taylor

 Head Teacher Mrs Caley

     Careers Education Coordinator - Jan Woolley

 Head of PSHE - Mrs Hadden

    Work Experience Coordinator - Kam Balaghan

 School Governor for careers - Mark Fowler

 Independent Enterprise Advisor - Theresa Snell (Jury's Inn)

Many other members of staff will be involved in the delivery of the Careers Education Programme, in liaison with the Careers Lead. These teachers will be guided and advised by the Careers Lead, but will also have the opportunity to feed into the programme and contribute to its evaluation;

 Curriculum Coordinators

    Heads of Year


    AP Manager

 External Careers Advisor

 All teachers of PSHE

 Careers administrative staff

 Local employers and careers providers



CEIAG resources

CEIAG resources are to be found mainly in the coffee bar but also some in the school library.

Careers Library

The Careers Lead. is responsible for the maintenance and development of the library and managing the administration support. Students are introduced formally to the use of the careers library during the Autumn term of Year 7.

The careers library contains:

  •  The careers intranet page and moodle pages on the school computer system
  •  A variety of careers related books, magazines, leaflets and information sheets plus the intranet page which has up to date website addresses
  •  Apprenticeship information and training provider information
  •  Sixth form/FE College/University prospectus
  •  Qualification details
  •  Employment information
  •  Labour market information
  •  Access to telephone


Staff Development

Staff Development

Internal staff development for the academic year includes:-

 Training for the PSHE team at department meetings

 Information sharing and training for relevant form tutors and Heads of Year at year team meetings

External Staff development for the academic year includes:

 Attendance at the Local Authority IAG meetings and relevant CPD opportunities by the Careers Leader (also Deputy Coordinator PSHE/Citizenship)





The success of CEIAG at Murray Park School is monitored and evaluated regularly through the ACE team monthly meetings. This will enable key developments for CEAIG to be incorporated into the School Development Plan and the PSHE/Careers Department Development Plan in the Summer Term of each academic year.

In order to monitor progress and identify key areas for development, the ACE Team will:

 Complete student surveys

 Complete parent surveys

 Audit the range of activities available to students over the year

 Audit the number of students involved in activities over the year

 Complete the Gatsby Benchmarks

 Prepare for Careers Mark accreditation

 Take staff views on the success of school careers activities

 Be fully aware of local and national priorities ( by attending LA CEIAG meetings).

Career Programme


Careers and Life Skills at Murray Park

At Murray Park we firmly believe that students have the right to access free and impartial Careers Education and Guidance (CEG) and also learn about the world of work.

We believe that the CEG programme:-

    • Is fundamentally important in helping to prepare our students or the challenges of adult life and the world of work.
    • Is an integral part of students' personal and academic development
    • Helps to motivate students to achieve their full potential both in school and after they have left Murray Park

The provision of GEG is delivered in taught sessions as part of SMMC lessons in years 7-11 and is further enhanced through form tutor sessions, special assemblies, and whole year events such as industry days, post 16 evenings and enterprise activities.

Year 7 - a programme of personal development and understanding of role in relation to others.

Year 8 - a continuation of Yr 7 work and more challenging situations to helpin the development of self-autonomy.

Year 9 - further progression from the foundations of earlier years with "Options Evening" being a key component of the years programme.

Year 10 - students will take part in WOW (World of Work) week which will involve local employer-led sessions including career talks, learning about Post 16 options and opportunities, Enterprise Challenges, CV workshops, Mock Interviews with Local employers and have other CEG related activities.  Those students who take certain option choices will also take part in targeted work placements

Year 11 - advice, information and guidance about 16+ opportunities, including visits to local Colleges, Sixth forms and Training providers, opportunity to book a more detailed careers interview with Mr Taylor, Miss Robinson or the Connexions Careers Advisor.



Entitlement needs of students:

Student Entitlement

During your time at Murray Park you can expect to receive the following Careers Education and Guidance.

      • Clear, impartial, and unbiased advice and information about all options available, so that you understand what they involve;
      • Support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future
      • Regular personal support with information on how well you are doing. And guidance to help you to make sensible decisions about what is right for you in the future
      • Help to decide what to do when you leave school, including further learning, training or employment;
      • A programme of careers education helping you to develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning;
      • The opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that affect your learning;
      • An opportunity to set out an individual learning plan

Parents may expect:-

      • Information at key transition Parents Evenings about the CEG provided for the students through the Murray Park's Careers Team and the Connexions Personal Advisor.
      • Help and guidance at critical stages in the students careers, such as, in Yr 9 with Key Stage 4 Options decisions
      • Yr 11 with 16+ choices.
      • Easy access for contact and communication with careers staff.

This is implemented by:-

Murray Park's Careers Co-ordinator managing, reviewing and evaluating the agreed programmes and liaison with Tutors, Teachers, Heads of Years, Heads of subjects, Senior Management and Governors. An integrated programme of CEG and Employability lessons delivered through the SMSC and Citizenship programme, tutorial and subject areas, reviewed and agreed annually.


The Careers Coordinator is responsible for overseeing the planned careers programme/SOW. However all staff in the school have elements of CEIAG within their roles.  The ACE coordinator is responsible to the Head Teacher who has responsibility for careers and IAG. Student guidance is managed by the ACE Coordinator.

Work experience placements for KS4 students is coordinated by Miss Balaghan and is overseen by Mr Taylor


All staff are expected to contribute to the CEIAG programme through their roles as tutors and subject teachers. CEIAG is planned, monitored and evaluated by the ACE Coordinator in consultation with relevant staff. Careers information is available in the library and the ACE area in the coffee education resources section, which is maintained by the library staff as well as the careers education manager and careers coordinator.   There are a number of people who as a collective are responsible for the delivery of CEIAG in Murray Park school.  These are:

  •  Aspirations Careers Employability Coordinator - CAREERS LEAD - Mr Taylor
  • Careers Education Coordinator - Miss Woolley
  • Head Teacher with overall responsibility for careers - Mrs Caley
  • HOY 9 - Miss Robinson
  • ACE Team
  • The Connexions Personal Adviser - Sofia Mushtaq

Mr Taylor and Mrs Bathurst are QCG Level 6 qualified and are Matrix accredited. Miss Robinson is QCG Level 4 qualified. Murray Park is committed to ongoing CPD with the ACE team.  There is a link governor for CEIAG at Murray Park School.  This is a requirement set out by the DfE in the statutory guidance on careers and inspiration in schools as well as in the Governance handbook.

Role and responsibility of the CEIAG Link Governor:


  1. Governors have a crucial role to play in connecting their school with the wider community of business and other professional people in order to enhance the education and career aspirations of pupils. This includes helping secure speakers, mentors and work experience placements, all of which can help engage employers in the school and in turn potentially lead to them providing new skilled governors.
  2. Maintained schools must secure access to independent careers guidance for pupils in years 8-13. Many academies are subject to the same duty through their funding agreements.
  3. Schools must have regard to statutory guidance, which sets a clear framework for the provision of advice and guidance. Academies without the careers requirement are encouraged to follow the guidance as a statement of good practice. It states that boards should: 
  4. ensure that the advice and guidance provided is impartial, includes information on the range of options (including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways) and promotes the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given;
  5. provide clear advice to the headteacher on which a strategy for advice and guidance can be based that is part of a clear framework linked to outcomes for pupils; and
  6. consider the importance of providing pupils with access to inspiring activities through sustained contacts with employers, mentors and coaches.
  7. The board can refer to departmental advice, which sets out some common features of inspirational, high quality advice and guidance. Source: Governance Handbook November 2015