Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

CEIAG has two elements, education and guidance.

Careers Education is taught within the curriculum and provides young people with the knowledge and skill to make successful choices, manage transition and move through learning and into work.

Information Advice and Guidance (IAG) including careers guidance helps young people make sense of this knowledge in order that young people can make the best decisions.


How it is organised:

Careers Education Information, Advice and Guidance within St Joan of Arc School is an integrated programme which involves the whole school community: students, parents, staff and local business. Heads of Year, tutors, mentors and subject teachers, Learning Support and the careers co-ordinator work in partnership with David Ritchie and Associates (our independent Careers service provider) to provide a coordinated series of interventions which match the needs of the students.

We pursue and foster strong links with business by bringing professionals into the classroom and providing challenges. Challenges are sometimes business focused, sometimes they are Social Enterprise events directly benefitting the local community such as lunches for the elderly. Annually we award the VocaLink Award for Enterprise which allows us to celebrate a student who shows particular commitment to developing “Entrepreneurial Capital”.


Information advice and Guidance

Advice and guidance is provided within school from a range of staff. These include tutors, mentors, heads of year and the careers co-ordinator. External support is provided by David Ritchie and Associates. They are available to speak to students on an individual or group basis during scheduled lesson time, interviews and also on a drop in basis in the Careers Room adjacent to the Learning Resource Centre.


An Entitlement Statement

All students in years 7-13 are entitled and receive a programme of Careers Education and Guidance that is:

  • Independent and Impartial· Is easily accessible

  • Is based on the principle of equality of opportunity

  • Is provided by adults with appropriate education and training

  • Is structured and forms an integral part of the students’ overall education

  • Recognises the contribution of students to their own careers development