Ashton, Manchester

Careers and Guidance Policy

Policy Created: January 2020
Reviewed by: Grace Speakman
Review Date: January 2021


Safe Start education is committed to providing Careers Education, Advice and Guidance to all students through the curriculum and organised activities.

Careers Guidance will focus on the specific needs of the individual student to promote self awareness and personal development.

It will aim to provide current and relevant information to enable each student to make informed decisions about their future. It will be presented in an impartial manner, be confidential and differentiated to suit the requirements of each individual student.

In partnership with  positive steps, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) should promote the following to all students:

  • Self-development – assessing their strengths and weaknesses to inform future learning and work
    choices and develop positive self-esteem. They will understand themselves and the influences on them.
  • Career exploration through the provision of a wide range of resources: computer software, books
    and leaflets, posters and access to impartial careers guidance.
  • Work place experience in Year 10.
  • Independent investigation through the use of the National Careers Service website and Career Connect.
  • Progression planning through the provision of Information and Guidance (IAG) from careers advisor, support across the curriculum, organised progression activities, events and association with local colleges and businesses.
  • Develop an understanding of the changing nature of work, learning and career choices, including the full range of post-16 education or training options, including apprenticeships.

Other policies

  • Teaching and Learning Policy
  • Assessment Policy
  • Curriculum policy
  • Safeguarding Policy
  • Trips and Visits policy
  • PREVENT policy
  • EDI policy

SEN Policy COMMITMENT is committed to all students, providing a planned programme of careers education, information and guidance for students in all years.

All students will leave the school with the skills and knowledge required to support their entry to further education or employment.

The school actively promotes parent/carer involvement through events, forums and ensuring access to information throughout the year.


Careers are line managed by the Curriculum lead manager, SLT lead and the learning Mentor day-to-day delivery of the careers programme and embedding into the citizenship programme.

All staff are expected to contribute to Careers Education and Guidance (CEG) delivery through their roles as tutors, subject teachers and support staff.


Students are entitled to careers education and guidance that is impartial and confidential. It will be integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and
their parents/carers.

The programme will promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion, whilst promoting the best interests of the students to whom it is given.

Safe start work with Career connect and Positive steps who are fully Level 4 qualified career, information and advice advisors.


Careers resources, available on safestart website and are relevant and updated regularly. Access to careers software (National Careers Service website) and the internet is easily available. Participation
in activities, both in school and off-site, provide employer contact and further information. This will include activities about work to develop knowledge and skills. Training needs are identified and offered to all relevant staff as opportunities arise.  Information is then brought back in to school and
shared with other staff members.


  • A one-week block work experience placement which focuses on students’ future career aspirations, allowing learning about work through the experience of work
  • Further Education Evening with attendance by local sixth form colleges and apprenticeship training
  • College presentations
  • Careers interview for Year 11 students
  • Information on college open days
  • Support with completing college application forms
  • Mock interviews, where deemed advantageous
  • Supported CV and personal statement sessions within employability lessons
  • Close monitoring of vulnerable students
  • Guest speakers and ex-students on work routes

By the end of stage 4, all students will have:

  • Enhanced their self-knowledge, career management and employability skills
  • Used ICT software and other sources of advice to investigate and explore future choices and progression routes
  • Experienced the world of work through a work placement
  • Been given direct access to employers, colleges and training providers
  • Been given guidance to help identify and access a range of post-16 options and careers advice and
    support networks that they can use to plan and negotiate their career pathways.
  • Been provided with the resources and training to complete the post-16 application procedures,
    including CVs, personal statements, and preparation for interview
  • Been given information about appropriate available funding
  • Produced a challenging but realistic plan for their future learning and work, by relating their abilities, attributes and achievements to the goals they have set themselves.


The school works with a range of partners to deliver the CEG programme. These include:

  • Post 16 providers and higher education institutions
  • Employers and training providers
  • Parents/carers


Staff training needs are identified in conjunction with the Head teacher. Safe Start will endeavour to meet training needs within a reasonable period of time.


The annual CEG improvement plan will be reviewed with the school quality improvement plan. It is reviewed annually by the Senior Leadership Team. Aspects of the programme are regularly evaluated by students using verbal discussion/surveys.