Careers and IAG

What is CEIAG? Career Education,
Information Advice and Guidance

Great Academy Ashton is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education for all students in Years 7-13 in accordance with the DfE Statutory Guidance, April 2014. The Academy Careers Policy can be found here GAA
CEIAG Policy April 2016


CEIAG Provision

We have an in-house Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) Coordinator, Miss Andrew, who supports all students via 1:1 appointments, break and lunch-time drop-in sessions and tailored support. Miss Andrew is able to provide impartial careers guidance that covers all aspects of further and higher education, apprenticeships, training, careers and employability skills. Miss Andrew conducts 1:1 interviews and is on hand to support students during and after results days. As well as her role supporting students and parent/carers through their choices, Miss Andrew organises careers events with partners and businesses, mock interview sessions and mentoring schemes together with visits to the workplace, colleges and universities

Parents and carers may contact Miss Andrew directly at the Academy and students are welcome to drop-in to see her during break and lunch-time in the Careers Room. Miss Andrew will offer impartial advice and guidance for the student’s best interest and signpost to relevant resources.

Great Academy Ashton also welcomes the independent and impartial service of Positive Steps. We have a designated Careers Advisor who provides a targeted service within the Academy two days per week. For more information, please visit

All students will have important decisions to make at various times of the year including – KS4 options and pathways choices, post 16 choices in Year 11 and post-18 choices in Year 13.

CEIAG Programme

We embed careers through our curriculum delivery of ECM which is taught in Years 7 to 11. The careers lessons ensure that students are equipped and confident to make the choices that become available to them at different stages of their education. CEIAG within the 6th form is delivered through the UCAS programme, HE advisor support and meetings, visiting speakers and external visits.

Inspiring IAG

Great Academy Ashton was working towards the Inspiring IAG Gold Award in 2015/16 which recognises high quality careers information, advice and guidance. The Inspiring IAG Code of Practice is displayed within the Careers Room and linked to the Academy Careers Policy. We were delighted to be awarded the IAG Gold Award in September 2016, this recognises the excellent careers information advice and guidance service delivered at Great Academy Ashton.

Raising the Participation Age (RPA)

Since 2014, young people in England are required to continue in education or training until at least their 18th birthday. This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will be able to choose from:

* Full time education (at a school or further education college)
* An apprenticeship or traineeship
* Part-time education or training combined with employment/self-employment or volunteering for 20 hours or more a week

There are several websites that we recommend you to use in school or at home during this time and beyond: a programme to help give young people career ideas and inspiration. careers films and video library careers films, case studies and job articles and information discover and compare courses at sixth form, colleges and work-based learning providers discover university courses and apply via UCAS the college and university open day directory