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What is CEIAG?

CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) is designed to prepare students for life in modern Britain by providing the knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills that they need to make informed choices and plans for their future learning and career.

Stockport Academy is committed to providing good quality, impartial information, advice and guidance to every student throughout their school career. We ensure that students come in to contact with employers to encourage students to aspire, make good choices and understand what they need to do to reach and succeed in the careers to which they aspire to.

Our CEIAG programme provides activities appropriate to age and need; it aims to provide students with the best possible foundation on which to base not only their post-16 choices following Year 11, but also their options choices for GCSE subjects in Year 9. 

Working alongside GM Higher, all year groups participate in careers-driven activities designed for their age range, including mock interviews and STEM activities. Students are able to experience lots of opportunities to speak to representatives from a wide range of career sectors, universities, colleges and training providers raising their future aspirations. 

Our CEIAG Lead is Mrs Milnes, who can be contacted here_ or by calling 0161 286 0330.

Click here to view our CEIAG Provider Access Policy Statement.

If you are a local employer

Stockport Academy encourages all students to assess and develop their independence in evaluating potential careers.  We run a range of off-timetable days where we encourage employers to come in and speak to students about the opportunities within their work sector.  If you would like to contribute to our programme of preparation for working life please contact Angela Milnes, Assistant Principal.


In Year 7 Students begin to consider their career choices. They will focus on what their aspirations are, and skills needed for work in their PSHE lessons. They also get to watch an assembly around the variety of jobs in a school as part of careers week. Students complete a survey allowing staff to target provision.   

In Year 8 students cover several topics as part of their Future Me days including GCSE options planning workshop and specific job workshops including nursing.   

In Year 9 students get the opportunity to attend a wide variety of trips including Manchester Airport. Take part in our STEM Day and begin their pathways process with subject specific assemblies.   

In Year 10, the focus is on developing skills for particular careers, asking students to look at their skills, as well as thinking about options for continued education. Key activities include college taster days, work experience, university trips, interview skills workshops and apprenticeship fairs.   

In Year 11, students consider a range of options, with a view to choosing the best one for them, whether that is continuing their education at a local college or applying for apprenticeships/Traineeships. All students get a 1-1 careers interview with the local Stockport Authority and a practice job interview with a range of external employers. Students also watch an assembly on Student Finance. We measure careers through our Aspire Surveys.   

We review the Gatsby Benchmark progress using the Compass audit which is undertaken on a termly with our enterprise co-ordinator (via GMCA), to ensure the findings are evidenced and reliable. This can be viewed here.  

Careers Information For Parents

How can you support your child’s career choices?

At Stockport Academy, we understand that the journey from starting in Year 7 to finishing school post 16, can be confusing, for both you and your child.  There are option decisions to make, in year 9, and post 16 choices including apprenticeships, and further education. More information can be found in the infographic pack here.

There are many websites out there with advice, guidance and information on careers and further education.

Should you wish to do further research, please click on the logos below for more information:

career alchemy

stockport council

parent adviser


amazing apprenticeships

pwc careers

What happens after GCSEs?

Click here for support and advice on life after GCSEs from 'Family Lives'.

CEIAG Programme

Year 7
  • Baseline Aspire Data 

  • Introduction to careers workshop with DWP (Me in 10 years) 

  • Careers and your future workshop (part of PSHE) lesson 

  • Skills for Work and Careers and Aspirations workshops (Part of Future Me Days) 

  • Careers Week Assemblies 

Year 8
  • Specific job workshops including nursing 

  • GCSE Planning Options Workshop 

  • Careers Week Assemblies 

Year 9
  • STEM Day 

  • Aerozone Manchester Airport 

  • Pathways assemblies  

  • STEM Workshops 

  • Careers Week Assemblies

Year 10
  • Interview Skills Workshops 

  • DWP Employability assembly 

  • University Trips (Edge Hill, Salford, Oxford University Corpus Christie College) 

  • Oxford University Corpus Christie College event at Hazel Grove High School 

  • Specific job workshops including doctor and nurse. 

  • Apprenticeship Fair 

  • Student Finance Drama Performance 

  • Local College Taster Sessions (Cheadle College and Stockport College) 

  • Student Surveys 

  • Careers Week Assemblies 

  • Baseline Aspire Data 

  • Work Experience  

Year 11
  • Careers/Interview Day with mock interviews 

  • University Life Workshops (Lancaster University, Liverpool John Moores) 

  • CV Writing and Interview Skills Workshops 

  • College Assemblies 

  • Targeted College Application Support 

  • Apprenticeship Assemblies 

  • GM Higher Workshops including 'Why HE?', 'HE Uncovered', 'Not Going Uni?', Budgeting and Pay Index 

  • Careers Fair 

  • 1-1 Career Guidance Interview 

  • Local Businesses Jobs Assembly (SETA, CTRL S) 

  • Employee Talks and Assemblies (Including Military) 

  • Careers Week Assemblies  

Inspiring IAG Award

Stockport Academy has achieved the Gold level of the Inspiring IAG Award, recognising the high quality of provision Stockport Academy offers for careers advice and guidance.

The Inspiring IAG Award helps schools and organisations to deliver and gain recognition for good quality careers education, information, advice and guidance.

The award includes a self-assessment, external assessments and validation. The process helps to identify areas for development as well as recognising good practice in the provision of CEIAG. Benefits of the award include:

  • Assists quality assurance of CEIAG
  • Provides a framework for meeting national guidance and legislation
  • Raises the profile of CEIAG at all levels
  • Supports continuous improvement
  • Aids effective partnership working
  • Improves the service offered to young people and can support better results and outcomes for them

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