Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Ethos

Aspire Academy is committed to ensuring our students have the best possible chances of success when they leave the Academy, either at the end of Year 11 or when reintegrated back to a mainstream school. 

As part of this commitment, we see it as one of our greatest priorities to ensure that all of our students are well-informed about their potential futures and opportunities. As part of this commitment, the Academy has a comprehensive CEIAG plan across all year groups. This includes explicit curriculum teaching of careers every week and a vocational focus for all students to help prepare them for working life. 

Gatsby Benchmarks

At Aspire we aim to meet all of the benchmarks set out as part of the national careers agenda by the end of 2020:

  1. A stable careers programme which embeds a 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 have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. Students have the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student. We recognise that students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support are tailored to the needs of each academy with equality and diversity considerations throughout.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers. All teachers link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Aspire encourages encounters with employers and employees. Students have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be seen through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experiences of workplaces.  Students experience the workplace through the use of vocational subjects, work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience which will help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  7. All students will plan for further and higher education. All students will 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. Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a trained career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external. These will be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made.

Careers Leader:

Should you wish to contact the lead for Careers Information, Education, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) within Aspire, please contact

  • Mrs C Boyton – Careers Leader (claireboyton@aspirehull.com)
  • Mrs L Charles – Connexions
  • Aspire Academy Main Telephone 01482 318789

How to access a copy of the Academy’s CIEAG Programme.

CEIAG Policy

Measuring the impact of Aspire’s CIEAG Programme

Information for Students

Good quality careers education and guidance will help you develop the knowledge, confidence and skills you need to make well-informed career choices.

Deciding what to do in the future can be difficult. With many different options, qualifications and courses to choose from it can be hard to decide. Some people have a clear idea of what they want to do and how to achieve it but not everyone is like this.

Everyone is different but it is important to start thinking about the future. Think about what your skills are and what you are good at. You will do this during your CEIAG lessons and can discuss ideas with your tutor or subject teachers. This will also help inform you as you select a vocation in Year 10. 

Your Study

At Key Stage 3, you will study PSHE and be involved in our enrichment programme, The Loft. You will also be given one lesson a week in CEIAG. These lessons and experiences will help you build life skills essential for preparing for working life. You will also experience vocational subjects and have an opportunity to meet people from different companies and workplaces. 

At Key Stage 4, you will continue to have access to our PSHE programme which will look at working life and careers. You will also study Employability Skills as part of your study for The Princes’ Trust qualification. This will include writing CVs, completing Mock Interviews and career research. You will have a practical vocation to study and will look at career options and preparation for working life, including the opportunity to visit or be visited by employers and workers from that area. All year 10 students have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement.

In Year 11, you will have access to 1:1 careers advice with Connexions and our onsite Careers Officer. You will be supported in making applications to College / apprenticeships and the interview and acceptance process. As an academy we will continue to track, support and find solutions where required right the way through your first year away from Aspire. For those students with EHCPs, you will receive support in planning for your future as part of your Annual Reviews, starting in Year 9. 

By law, all students at the Academy are entitled to impartial information, advice and guidance. If you would like an appointment, please see Mrs Boyton, or speak to your tutor who can contact Mrs Charles for a Connexions appointment. 

You can also call the National Careers Service on 0800 100 900 or web-chat (https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/home) This service is open 7 days a week, 8am to 10pm. There is also a Hull base for the National Careers Service within Hull Central Library.

Hull students can call Connexions, or see them independently. Details can be found here: http://www.hull.gov.uk/resident/schools-and-learning/connexions

East Riding students, please see this link for additional support, help and advice: http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/learning/employment-education-and-skills/help-with-finding-work/careers-advice/

There are various websites that can give you some idea of careers that may be suitable for you. 

Further Education providers:

Information for Parents

Aspire offers a range of support and opportunities for students, which both advises and prepares them for post-16. In addition, we offer on-going support after our students leave in year 11, to give them the best possible chance of success and to help put them back on a path, if they need it, when things don’t always work out as expected.

As a parent / carer, having regular conversations with your child about their aspirations or goals is really helpful in guiding them in a particular career direction. There is lots of support available within the Academy and you are welcome to contact Mrs Boyton or your child’s tutor if you require any further information or wish to discuss options further. 

Aspire offers a range of support and opportunities for students, which both advises and prepares them for Post-16. In addition, we offer on-going support after our students leave in year 11, to give them the best possible chance of success and to help put them back on a path, if they need it, when things don’t always work out as expected.

At Key Stage 3, PSHE and our enrichment programme The Loft enable dedicated curriculum time to identifying and preparing students for Post-16. It highlights careers opportunities and builds life skills essential for preparing for working life.

At Key Stage 4, PSHE and Preparation for Working Life builds on the skills obtained at KS3. In addition, all students move onto a curriculum  incorporating work-based vocational qualifications, alongside traditional GCSE subjects. All year 10 students have the opportunity to complete a work experience placement.

Year 11 have access to 1:1 careers advice with Connexions and our onsite Careers Officer. They are supported in applications and the interview and acceptance process. Aspire runs a summer school for leavers and we continue to track, support and find solutions where required right the way through their first year away from Aspire. For those students with EHCPs, this process starts in Year 9 as part of the section 4 Annual Review transition planning.

Want to speak to an adviser?

Arrange an appointment in school with Ms Charles (Connexions) or Mrs Boyton.

You can call 0800 100 900 or webchat https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/job-profiles/home with someone from the national careers service, 7 days a week, 8am to 10pm.

There is a Hull base for the National Careers Service within Hull Central Library.

Hull students can also call Connexions, or see them independently. Details can be found here: http://www.hull.gov.uk/resident/schools-and-learning/connexions

East Riding students, please see this link for additional support, help and advice: http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/learning/employment-education-and-skills/help-with-finding-work/careers-advice/

Browse Careers Information:

The best way to start is by talking about it to teachers, tutors, advisers and family! What ideas do you have? What ideas do they have? What are your interests? Then try following these links to allow you to search and browse for careers and further education opportunities:

Browse Further Education providers:

Further information

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