Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

April 2020 - We are currently towards Quality In Careers Standard Award, through Investor In Careers.

At North Durham Academy we place a great emphasis on ensuring that students get information, advice and guidance throughout their time in the school, but particularly at key transition moments. We aim to support and inspire students with the decisions about their future.

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is delivered through a range of activities for every student from Year 7 to Year 13. During a planned programme which gives students the opportunity to examine a wide range of future careers options, learning about pathways, careers roles and Labour Market Information. Students also have the opportunity to develop their employability skills, encounter providers of further and higher education and learn from employers. The CEIAG programme is designed to help the Academy work towards the Gatsby Benchmarks and satisfy the statutory guidelines outlined in DFE guidance. Read more below:

At KS3, students will be studying skills around their own learning styles, Labour Market Information, world of work, jobs and families, challenging stereotypes and required qualifications. They will move through the key stage to develop their own career aspirations to be able to make appropriate decisions, linked to their KS4 pathways, supported with appropriate careers advice and guidance from our team of careers advisors. This information will cover a range of subject choices including A-Levels, Vocational or Apprenticeship pathways. Students will have access to local employers who will also be able to show them the expectations which employers will have from them when they will be applying for job roles, including behaviour and attendance expectations.

At KS4, students will develop this information further to consider more in depth career choices, and will be prepared for the world of work, including the consideration of employability skills, CV preparation, meeting local employers, preparing for a careers interview, discussing achievements and skills, and moving forward into Further Education, Apprenticeships or employment. These skills will enable students to move forward, not only into any destination, but a meaningful destination, which they will be able to sustain until they are 18 years old. Students will continue to be supported by local employers who will be working more on behaviour and attendance expectations, as well as the soft skills which they would expect students to have including problem solving skills and being able to work in a team.

At KS5, students will use all of the information, advice and guidance which they have been able to collect over their previous 5 years of study from Year 7 to 11. The programme at KS5 is headed by the Head of Sixth Form, with support from the CEIAG Lead within the Academy. Students will focus much more on the career paths which they would like to pursue, looking into different pathways to their preferred destination, university choices, UCAS support, writing personal statements, taking gap years, higher apprenticeships, and further employment skills. They will also be given the chance to access extra incentives from the Sixth Form team which feed nicely into the subjects which they will be studying, like financial help and support, coaching badges, external visits to other countries, first aid badges and work based learning experiences. Local employers will be engaging with the KS5 students, with the potential of higher apprenticeship opportunities being made available to them, or engaging with employers with live briefs, which students complete on their behalf.

Careers Lead

Your designated Careers Lead at North Durham Academy is Rachel Graham. You can contact Rachel via email at [email protected], or via telephone 01207 292180

Advice for Employers and Partners 

We would like to engage with employers both locally and nationally, in order to give our students the best opportunity to understand the world of work and understand the importance of developing their own skills and aptitudes to support them as they progress through the Academy.

We already have strong links with a wide number of different employers who have been extremely supportive of the work which we are doing with our students.

North Durham Academy is currently in partnership with our Enterprise Advisor Stephen King, Commercial Director of Go North East, who has been fantastic in helping us build stronger links with local employers.

We would love to engage more employers in the work which we have been doing. If you would like to be involved in any of the events which they Academy are running, or feel that you would be able to contribute to our Careers Programme in any way, please contact our Careers Lead, Rachel Graham.

Advice for Parents

If you would like to speak to someone about your child’s future or get advice about how to support their career choices, please do not hesitate to contact out Careers Lead or Careers Advisors at any time.

We are also able, as an Academy to support our parents. If you would like any personal support, information, advice or guidance, please contact our Careers Lead, or alternatively, any of the contacts below.

Opportunities for Access to CEIAG

A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come either come into school or to events that the Academy promotes to speak to pupils and/or their parents.

Please contact to our named Careers Leader to discuss possible access opportunities with details on preferred delivery style, format and possible dates. Requests should be mindful of school’s need to plan in advance, with the year’s Academic calendar set and published before the start of each academic year. Shorter notice requests are welcome to be considered.

The school policy on safeguarding sets out the school’s approach to allowing providers into school as visitors to talk to our students. All requests for access will be balanced in light of the Academy’s priorities of teaching and learning, financial sustainability and equality of opportunity.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature for the careers advisor.

CEIAG Programme of Study 2019.20 - updated November 2019

CEIAG Programme 2019.20 - updated November 2019

 Provider Access Policy

Useful Links

Career Pilot:


National Careers Service:

Find out about the courses for 16-19 year olds on offer all over London!

Choosing a Russell Group University -

University Open Days - - the site also has lots of video clips: you can search by related school subject of your choice - also has lots of info about the local labour market hot spots.

Durham Works have been working with some of our Year 11 students to ensure that they progress onto further education or employment. They have been providing them with information about local colleges and careers available to them. Durham Works is an important service, and we encourage all parents to go to their website to find out about the range of different services and help available.



April 2020