Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Programme

Careers  Education, Information Advice  and Guidance ( CEIAG) at St Philip Howard Academy

As a school, we have a moral duty to provide students in Years 7-11 with careers education, information, advice and guidance whilst fully complying with statutory DfE guidance on Careers  and working towards Gatsby Careers benchmarks. School provides access for all Year groups to independent and impartial Careers Guidance.

At St Philip Howard Academy we believe that quality CEIAG should be available to all students and we are therefore currently working towards the Career Mark Award. Our approach is to view the delivery of CEIAG as both integral and in support of what happens in the classroom. Therefore, we look to link our classroom work to the world of work yet still deliver a stand- alone programme through tutorials and PSHE.    

All that we do comes under the banner of our SMSC programme (Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural provision). Through our form time sessions, ‘Beliefs and Values’ lesson time, stand-alone events, drop down days (around enterprise) and outstanding care and guidance, we believe that we offer our students a complete pathway from the day that they enter year 7 until the day that they leave us. 


The Careers Department

Careers Leader

The Careers Leader for the school is Mr. S. White. He is a member of the Senior Leadership Team and also co-ordinates PSHE. He is supported by a Governor with oversight for Careers. Phone: 01457 853611

Careers Adviser

Mr S.A Pacey, our  Independent Careers Adviser holds the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance. He is a registered Career Development Professional with the Careers Development Institute (CDI) and is listed on their professional register. He holds accredited Careers Leadership and Careers Education qualifications and is a professional mentor for the CDI. Mr Pacey is bound by the CDI code of ethics to promote impartial careers guidance.

Email:       Phone: 01457 853611


Student Entitlement for all Year Groups

A programme of careers education helping you develop skills and knowledge to make choices and the transition to work and learning.

  •  Advice and information about options available to you after Year 8 (subject choices for Key stage 4).  and after Year 11 further education, training and employment       so that you understand what they involve and how your choices affect your career choice in the future.

  •  Support and guidance to help you make choices and complete a career plan for the future.

  •  The opportunity to be involved in making decisions about things that effect your learning.

  •  An opportunity to learn about the world of work.

Further information about the Careers Programme for each Year Group can be found on the Key Stage 3 (Year 7-9) and Key Stage 4 (Year 10-11) links.


Gatsby Benchmarks

School is committed to working towards Gatsby Benchmarks to evidence a high quality careers programme. School is working actively with the Careers and Enterprise council on this. The benchmarks are:


1. A Stable careers program

St Philip Howard Academy has an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors

2. Learning from career and labour market information

By the end of year 8, all pupils should will have accessed and used information about career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions on study options. By the end of Year 11 , students will have researched their career choices and future employment trends via the Fast Tomato Careers Programme.

3. Address the needs for each student

Opportunities for advice and support are offered to all pupils in every year group and are tailored to the needs of each student. This includes students who have SEND reviews.

4. Link the curriculum to careers

By end of year 8, every pupil will have had the opportunity to learn how the different subjects help people to gain entry to, and be more effective workers within a wide range of careers. Individual subject areas build in opportunities for students to relate subjects to careers.

5. Encounters with employers and employee’s

Every year, from year, pupils will participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer.

6. Experiences of work places

By the age of 16, every pupil will have had at least one experience of a workplace through various forms.

7. Encounters with further education

By the age of 16, every pupil will have had a meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities, including Sixth Forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeships. This will include the opportunity to meet both staff and pupils.

8. Personal guidance

Every pupil has at least 2 careers interviews  by the age of 16- resulting in an electronic career plan which is e-mailed home to parents.


Support in school

Information, advice and guidance come from a number of different sources at St Philip Howard Academy. Your first stop should be with your Form Tutor. This member of staff will see your child on a daily basis and will be responsible for delivering the Careers programme through tutorial.  You may also wish to contact your child’s Head of Year. Mr White is the named member of the staff responsible for CEIAG.

Secondly, students  can talk to our Independent Careers Advisor.  All students from year 8-11 will receive advice and guidance from the Careers Advisor, either through small group work or as a one to one interview. The advisor is based in our dedicated careers office in the library. Here you will find a wealth of resources, prospectus’ for different colleges and useful information.    

At transition points we will also provide a drop in facility for students to receive extra support and guidance.  Following the inter a written action plan is provided for the student and a copy will be emailed to parents / guardians. Interview slots are communicated via your child's form tutor, although we actively encourage Parental involvement in this process. 

If you have any queries please liaise with Mr. White regarding your child's interview or e-mail 


Supporting your child at home

We very much believe that the first way to help your child is to ensure that they attend school every day. The qualifications that they receive will be pivotal in opening the door to their chosen career route.

As your child approaches their options choices we would recommend you attend the Year 8 Options Evening and read the Options booklet in order to discuss option choices effectively.  

Once your child is in Year 10 you can begin to explore options available post 16 and to consider with your child whether they want to pursue a College Course  or an Apprenticeship.  You can check prospectuses to be aware of the entry criteria and this can often serve as a good motivator as students reach the end of Year 10. 

As students enter Year 11 focus must be on achieving the highest grades possible. To help with this, students should submit Post-16 applications by December.

 For more information why not visit your child’s Fast Tomato account  ( username and password needed) and/or visit  to find out more about different careers and get useful advice on how to plan ahead.


Destinations- What do St Philip Howard students go on to do after Year 11?

The vast majority of our Y11’s continues on to employment, further education or training. Last year 68% continued in full time education. While 32% went into apprenticeships or full time work.


Key Documents for Careers

Access Policy Statement: Careers Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers.


For further information please view the CEIAG policy.


Our whole school careers plan for career, employability and enterprise education can be found here.


Labour Market Information