The aim of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) is to raise our pupils’ aspirations, broaden their horizons and empower them to make informed and realistic decisions at all key transition points in learning and work and help them to sustain employability and economic well-being throughout their working lives.

We are committed to achieve the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance as follows:

1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance

The role of our Careers Coordinator is to assist pupils’ career learning, planning and development by leading and managing the development of CEIAG in school. The Careers Coordinator, under the direction of the Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for CEIAG facilitates the contribution of colleagues, pupils and partners, develops the careers programme, organises resources and ensures that all pupils have access to impartial IAG.

Deptford Green's Career's coordinator is Celine Nembhard who can be contacted on 0208 469 4896 or by emailing cnembhard@deptfordgreen.co.uk

Deptford Green School views changes in guidance and the commitment to an in-school careers coordinator post as an opportunity to commission a service better tailored to the needs of our pupils. A planned approach is developed each year with activities and resources that support their needs.

Deptford Green School has links with outside agencies including universities and colleges, community organisations and businesses which contribute to:

  • Raising aspirations and increasing motivation – helping young people to identify educational and occupational goals
  • Demonstrating the relevance of the knowledge and the skills learnt in subjects to future opportunities in learning and working
  • Developing the skills for effective learning – reviewing achievements, setting targets, planning and taking action
  • Demonstrating the links between living, learning and earning
  • Improving literacy, numeracy and digital skills
  • Improving progression
  • Reducing NEET
  • Careers work also supports strategies to build self-confidence and self-reliance and promotes positive and informed attitudes to learning

Careers Education

Currently Deptford Green School delivers careers education by a combination of methods:

  • Special events such as Post 16 Options Information evenings
  • Work experience
  • Assemblies
  • Visits and taster days
  • Planned activities and taster sessions with local universities
  • Careers units in PSHE
  • The school has a software license for Fast Tomato, an on-line CEIAG tool which informs young people about the world of work.
  • Drop-in sessions, clinics and surgeries.
  • Careers activities during collapsed timetable days and enrichment programme
  • Employer Engagement through organisations such as (but not exclusively) The Brokerage, Envision and The Stephen Lawrence Trust and external careers education providers

Information Advice and Guidance

Deptford Green School aims to provide pupils with a range of good quality, up to date, impartial IAG on GCSE options in Year 8 and Post-16 opportunities. This supports the whole-school delivery of CEIAG and requirements for the statutory duty for careers guidance. All of our students, staff and parents/carers can access independent, impartial CEIAG through our Careers Hub. The school additionally actively signpost and promotes external sources of information and advice such as the National Careers website/helpline and the apprenticeship website and works closely with the local authority.
Information, Advice and Guidance is provided by:

  • One to One careers Guidance – each pupil should have the opportunity for a one to one guidance meeting either with the Careers Coordinator, an independent advisor, their tutor or key members of staff to discuss future options
  • Access to support sessions for applying for Post 16
  • Access to appropriate information, including online, to discover learning and career pathways by:
  1. Generating career ideas based on pupils’ own interests, skills and aspirations
  2. Encouraging pupils to explore their own career ideas and assess how well suited they are
  3. Helping pupils to prepare for transitions post-16 and post-18
  4. Setting and recording their own goals and ambitions in the Career Plan
  5. Tutor sessions to support students with writing personal statements
  • Assemblies and parents evenings ensuring students and parents are clear about RPA and pathways and the requirements on continuing with English and Maths Post-16

Learning Outcomes

1. Self- Development

Pupils should be able:

  • To assess their achievements, qualities and skills
  • To present this information as appropriate
  • To use this information for personal development
  • To set career and learning targets
  • To recognise and deal accordingly with influences on their attitudes, values and behaviour in relation to work

2. Career Exploration

Pupils should be able:

  • To understand the nature of work and people’s attitudes to it
  • To use a variety of sources of careers information
  • To use work experience to improve chances
  • To understand employment trends

3. Career Management

Pupils should be able:

  • To use decision-making techniques
  • To understand and use sources of help
  • To make informed and appropriate choices at key transition points
  • To make and manage changes as appropriate
  • To understand job / learning applications and the requirements of interviews
  • To understand rights and responsibilities in the workplace

Year 7:   The focus is introducing careers and thinking about the vast number of careers available.
Year 8:   The focus is self- assessment, career paths and GCSE options.
Year 9:   The focus is linking our plans and dreams to reality.
Year 10:  The focus is work experience including preparation, implementation and evaluation.
Year 11:  The focus is post 16 options and the application process.

Employer Engagement

The careers programme along with the Curriculum is designed to meet the needs of our pupils, employers and universities.
We want Deptford Green School to be recognised as a school that works with employers to understand the challenges they face when employing young people while educating employers about the barriers some of our young people face so that we can proactively boost the employability skills and job prospects of all our young people.
Working with employers also enables the school to provide impartial careers guidance across a range of pathways such as university and apprenticeship.

Management, Staffing and Responsibilities

All staff contribute to CEIAG through their roles as tutors and subject teachers and pastoral leaders.
The CEIAG programme is planned, promoted, monitored and evaluated by the Careers Coordinator in consultation with the Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for CEIAG. The Careers Coordinator is responsible for planning and implementing the Year 10 work experience programme, in collaboration with the Lewisham Business Education Partnership, and collecting and reporting destination data to the school and Local Authority.
The Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for CEIAG ensures that Careers Education is delivered in accordance with the statutory framework and that appropriate information, advice and guidance is delivered.
The Governors are responsible for reviewing and approving the Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance policy biennially and ensuring that it meets statutory requirement as defined by the DfE.

Students are responsible for:

  • Engaging positively with the Careers Education programme
  • Attending the GCSE Options and Post‐16 evenings to encourage informed decision‐making
  • Seeking further support from the careers coordinator when appropriate.

Parents/Carers are responsible for:

  • Supporting the CEIAG work of the school
  • Attending the Year 8 Options and Post‐16 evenings
  • Supporting their child to identify appropriate work‐placements in Year 10 and completing paperwork as requested by the school.


Subject Leaders will include and signpost elements of Careers Education in their Schemes of Work thus supporting the delivery of Careers Education across the curriculum.

PSHE Coordinator will design the Schemes of Work signposting the elements of careers education covered in Tutor‐Time programme.

Tutors are responsible for the delivery of specific aspects of Careers Education as indicated in the Tutor‐Time programme and the Post-16 applications timeline.

The Careers Coordinator in consultation with the Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for CEIAG and the Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for student voice will identify ways of developing pupils as Careers Leaders.

The Careers Coordinator in consultation with the Assistant Head teacher with responsibility for CEIAG and pending governors’ approval and identification of resources will work towards the school gaining an Investors in Careers or Careers Mark Award.

The Careers Coordinator will continue to attend Careers Forum and other CPD opportunities

Impact and Evaluation

CEIAG is monitored and evaluated through (but not exclusively):

  • Student voice
  • Staff, employers and pupils’ evaluation of Work Experience placements
  • Discussion with key staff and line management
  • Partners, Pupils and Parents/ carers’ feedback
  • Observation of activities

The programme is reviewed annually by the Careers Coordinator. Changes and improvements to the programme are recorded into an Improvement Plan. When reviewing the programme, the School Improvement Plan is used to ensure that the CEIAG is fully supporting whole school aims.


Deptford Green School uses both internal and external data to support the following:

  •  Destination data to inform curriculum planning
  • Partners, Pupils and Parents/ carers’ feedback to ensure advice is aspirational and adapted to students’ needs
  • Data informing the Local Authority RONI to support targeted pupils at risk of not participating at Post 16


Funding is allocated in the annual budget and the school recognises that CEIAG is an effective way to deploy pupil premium funding. The Careers coordinator is responsible for the effective deployment of resources.

Equality and Diversity

CEIAG opportunities are provided to all pupils regardless of ethnicity, gender and ability and diversity is celebrated. Pupils are encouraged to prepare to support themselves financially and to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. However, we recognise that some groups experience barriers to access and are under-represented in certain pathways and sectors. CEIAG is a tool to improve social mobility and we are committed to widening participation.


Good Career Guidance (The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, 2014)

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers. Statutory guidance for governing bodies school leaders and school staff

Statement of entitlement

As a Deptford Green School pupil you are entitled to receive a programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance.

Your CEIAG programme will help you to:

  • Understand yourself, your interests, likes and dislikes, what you are good at and how this affects the choices you make
  • Find out about different courses, what qualifications you might need and what opportunities there are
  • Develop the skills you may need for working life
  • Make realistic, but ambitious, choices about courses and careers
  • Develop a plan of action for the future
  • Understand the different routes after Year 11 including apprenticeships, traineeships and further and higher education
  • Be able to make effective applications for jobs, training and further and higher education
  • Develop your interview skills
  • Improve your confidence

You will have access to:

  • Assemblies
  • Visits and taster days
  • Planned activities and taster sessions with local universities
  • Careers units in PSHE
  • On-line CEIAG tool which inform young people about the world of work.
  • Drop-in sessions, clinics and surgeries.
  • Careers activities during collapsed timetable days and enrichment programmes
  • Employers visits and careers fairs
  • Access to the Careers Hub – information available in books, leaflets and on laptops
  • Interviews with the Careers Coordinator, an independent advisor or another key member of staff
  • Work experience
  • Other subject lessons linked to careers

You can expect to be:

  • Treated equally with others
  • Given careers information and advice that is up to date and impartial
  • Treated with respect by visitors to the school who are part of the careers programme
  • Given extra help if you have special needs



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