Careers programme information

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Careers programme information

Outcomes Focused, Child Centred
Northern Education Trust

Careers Programme and Student Entitlement

Our Academy Careers Leader is:

Miss Sheralyn Allon – Associate Assistant Principal
T: 01642 612381
E: [email protected]

Our Careers Inc web portal is:
The request form for remote careers support is:

The careers advisers at North Shore are offering a remote careers guidance service and are able to help and support with a number of enquiries including:

  • College Applications and courses
  • Apprenticeships
  • Different Qualifications
  • Employment
  • Future University Courses
  • CV Writing
  • Careers Guidance and matching your skills and interests to careers
This offer is open to students to all year groups, and they are particularly interested in hearing from any year 11 students who are still undecided about their next steps for September.
To arrange an appointment please follow the link above and complete the enquiry form.

North Shore Academy has a statutory requirement when delivering careers education in its Academies, to ensure that information about learning options and careers is presented impartially and that advice promotes the best interests of students.

The aims of outstanding, impartial careers education may be summarised as follows:

  • Empowers young people to plan and manage their own futures
  • Responds to the needs of each learner
  • Provides comprehensive information and advice
  • Raises aspirations
  • Actively promotes equality of opportunity
  • Challenges stereotypes
  • Helps young people to progress
  • Give a wider and relevant context for learning
Intended Outcomes

North Shore Academy is committed to raising aspirations and maximising the benefits for every student in the development of a whole Trust approach to CEIAG by providing a planned programme of activities both in and outside of the curriculum.

Northern Education Trust is committed to providing:

  • A comprehensive Careers Education programme with clear learning outcomes
  • Access to independent and impartial guidance for all students
  • A partnership approach to CEIAG provision
  • Assistance for all students to make a successful transition into further/higher education, employment, or training.

We fully endorse the DFE’s ‘Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’ (December 2017) and the 8 Gatsby benchmarks:

The Gatsby Career Benchmarks: a world-class standard for schools and colleges

  1. A stable careers programme. Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information. Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each student. Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees. Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experiences of workplaces. Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education. All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
  8. Personal guidance. Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.
Place within the Curriculum and VMG

There is a planned programme of learning experiences with learning outcomes for Year 7 to Year 11 which enable young people to:

• Develop themselves through career and work-related education

• Learn about careers and the world of work

• Develop career management and employability skills

Provision of external and independent careers guidance

An independent qualified Careers Advisor attends the academy at key times throughout the academic year to provide individual advice and guidance to students. All careers advice and guidance given is person centred, impartial, unbiased and confidential (within legal confines) and meets professional standards of practice. Students are also encouraged to access the National Careers Service via a link on the academy website.

Other formal and informal partnerships

The academy has a number of formal and informal partnerships arrangements with post-16 providers, colleges, employers, higher education and training providers.

At points across the school year, a variety of employers and external providers are invited into North Shore Academy to talk about different careers. Please see our Provider Access Policy for further details.


During arranged events including ‘Parents Evenings’, ‘Open Evenings’ and ‘Guided Pathway Evenings’, careers information and advice is made available to students, parents and carers. The Learning Resource Centre (LRC) is stocked with key publications suitable for a range of ages and abilities, with advice on hand from attending staff. Materials are audited annually to ensure information is up-to-date and accurate and relevant to meet with the students’ requirements.

Academies may also organise specific events for parents/carers and students to provide specialist support.


Funding is allocated in the academy to a careers annual budget, maximum use will be made of quality assured resources that have zero cost and currency/longevity of careers materials is taken into consideration when purchasing materials.


The policy recognises the range of partners that support the CEIAG offer within our school. These include:

• Formal arrangements with our external provider of careers guidance and others

• Liaison with post 16 providers and higher education institutions

• Employers and training providers

• Enterprise advisor

• Parents and carers

• Others specific to our academy

Management of CEIAG Provision

The CEIAG Programme is planned and implemented by the nominated member of SLT and involves working closely with the staff, students, parents and the wider community.


All staff contribute to CEIAG through their roles as Tutors, Subject Teachers, Curriculum Leaders, and Learning Managers or as a Careers Professional. Staff training is provided on a regular basis and updates are given in briefing or Professional Development sessions.

Staff are provided with guidance sheets, handouts and Guided Pathway booklets. Specific needs are identified in conjunction with the academy CPD co-coordinator and reviewed on an annual basis.

Provision of external and Independent careers guidance


Trust is committed to providing:

  • A comprehensive Careers Education programme with clear learning outcomes
  • Access to independent and impartial guidance for all students A partnership approach to CEIAG provision
  • Assistance for all students to make a successful transition into further/higher education, employment, or training
  • A high quality CEIAG programme validated by the Investors in Careers quality award


Student Entitlement Statement

Teachers in the academies and qualified career professionals will support students’ career development in a number of ways including:

  • Access to broad and balanced curriculum provision
  • have the opportunity to learn the different STEM subjects to help them gain entry to, and be more effective workers within, a wide range of careers (by the age of 14)
  • at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part time jobs they may have (by the age of 16)
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through Guided Pathway events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses available. At points across the school year, a variety of employers and external providers are invited into North Shore Academy to talk about different careers. Please see our Provider Access Policy.
  • Information and discussion in lessons, drop-down days and assemblies to help students make informed decisions about their future
  • Access to careers advisers in a variety of ways including individual meetings, drop-in sessions, enrichment activities and on results days
  • Careers information and I.T based careers programmes
  • Information and updates on notice boards, plasma screens and the academy website
  • The academy uses a tracking system to identify the needs of all students to target students who require early or additional support in their transition Students, parents/carers and academy staff can refer students for one-to-one careers support. Students can access CEIAG through one-to-one interviews, workshops and enrichment activities
Parent/Carer entitlement

Parents can access careers support for their child in a variety of ways including:

  • Individual meetings drop-in sessions, Guided Pathway events, parents evenings and on results days
  • Careers information and computer-based careers programmes
  • Information and updates on the academy’s website and Twitter
Equality and Diversity

The careers education and guidance delivery satisfies the requirements of the Academy’s Equal Opportunities Policy. All students, regardless of their race, class, gender, faith or special educational needs, have the same access to our resources, wherever possible.

Leadership and Management
Position Name Title
Academy Careers Leader Miss S Allon Associate Assistant Principal
Academy Operational Careers Leader Mr R Thornton Aspiring Leader – Deep Experience
Position Name Title
Learning Managers Mr R Thornton Year 7 Learning Manager
Miss H Fitzgerald Year 8 Learning Manager
Miss E Dickinson Year 9 Learning Manager
Miss R Lonsdale Year 10 Learning Manager
Mr P Wilson Year 11 Learning Manager
Curriculum Leaders Mrs V Snead Curriculum leader of English
Mr M Jones Curriculum leader of Mathematics
Mr D Landers Curriculum leader of Science
Mr N Cummings Curriculum leader of History
Miss R Boyle Curriculum leader of PE and Health and Social Care
Mrs S Wilson Curriculum leader of Technology
Teachers All teachers All teachers will deliver CEIAG through the curriculum plan
Tutors All VMG tutors All tutors will deliver CEIAG through the curriculum plan
Provision of External and Independent Careers Guidance
Organisation Name Title
Youth Direction Careers Jonathon Rewcastle and Helen Richardson (Careers Inc) Careers Advisor
Youth Direction Careers Katie Muir Senior Participation Adviser
Other formal and informal partnerships
Organisation Name Title
Cummins Tracey Anderson Green Leader for the Stockton Community Involvement Team
RTC Mentoring Trish Corner Mentoring Programme Administrator

As part of our careers programme we believe that it is vital that our students are given the opportunities to have encounters and engage with employers/businesses which will allow them to gain more knowledge and insight into a variety of sectors to support them to make informed decisions about their intended career path. We encourage employers to attend events/activities that we hold in school such as our careers fair and to run assemblies or workshops. If you would be interested in working with our school, please contact Miss S Allon ([email protected]) or Mr R Thornton ([email protected]).

How do we measure and asses the impact of careers guidance on pupils?

We regularly request feedback from students, teachers and parents about their opinions on our careers programme. Students are asked to complete questionnaires at the end of activities such as the careers fair to assess its effectiveness and parents are asked at events such as the guided pathways evening for year 8 and through surveys on our termly ‘Achiever’. (If any parent wishes to get in contact with feedback about our careers programme, this would be welcomed by Miss S Allon at [email protected])

We also assess the impact of the programme through a careful monitoring of our school leavers’ pathways. We assess NEET data from the local authority to determine the effectiveness of the support we provide in getting our students into the right post-16 pathways.

Next review date

The date of the school’s next review of the information published is January 2020.


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