Careers Provision at Atam Academy

Career Education Information Advice Guidance (CEIAG)

Atam Academy is committed to providing its students with a high- quality planned programme of career education for all students in both the primary phase as well as from years 7-11. This information, advice and guidance will be impartial and confidential (within legal confines), and it prepares students for the challenges of adult and working life.

This will ensure, wherever possible, all young people will leave education with employability skills or go into further education or training.


Atam Academy has a statutory requirement when delivering careers education to ensure that information about learning options and careers is presented impartially and that advice promotes the best interests of students.

The aims of outstanding, impartial careers education may be summarised as follows:

  • Empowers young people to plan and manage their own futures
  • Responds to the needs of each learner
  • Provides comprehensive information and advice
  • Raises aspirations
  • Actively promotes equality of opportunity
  • Challenges stereotypes
  • Helps young people to progress
  • Give a wider and relevant context for learning


Intended Outcomes


Atam Academy is committed to raising aspirations and maximising the benefits for every student in developing a whole school approach to CEIAG by providing a planned programme of activities both in and outside of the curriculum.

We fully endorse the DFE's 'Careers strategy: making the most of everyone's skills and talents' (December 2017) and the 8 Gatsby benchmarks:


The Gatsby Career Benchmarks:

A world-class standard for schools and colleges

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

Place within the Curriculum

There is a planned programme of learning experiences with learning outcomes for Year 7 to Year 11, which enable young people to:

  • Develop themselves through career and work-related education
  • Learn about careers and the world of work and
  • Develop career management and employability skills


Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-11 are entitled:

  • To find out about technical education qualifications (T- Levels) and apprenticeship opportunities as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • To hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through

options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

  • To understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.


School Values

To achieve the school’s vision, we have established a set of behaviours and characteristics that define how everyone within our community pledges to act; these are the values that we strive to demonstrate and personify on a daily basis.



All staff contribute to CEIAG through their roles as Class Teachers, Form Tutors, Subject Teachers, Curriculum/Subject Leaders, and Heads of Year, or as a Careers Professional.



Provision of external and independent careers guidance


An independent qualified Careers Advisor will be attending the school at regular key times throughout the academic year to provide individual advice and guidance to students. All career advice and guidance given is person-centered, impartial, unbiased and confidential (within legal confines) and meets professional standards of practice.  Careers appointments can be arranged through the Ms Pearson the Careers Leader, and or the Pastoral Team.


Other formal and informal partnerships

The school will collaborate with a range of external agencies to help us ensure we meet all of the mandatory requirements contained within the DfE’s career strategy.  These partnerships will include working alongside The Careers and Enterprise Company. (CEC), The Business Education Partnership (BEP), Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), Further and Higher Education Providers and a range if local businesses and employers.

At points across the school year, a variety of employers and external providers are invited into Atam Academy to talk about different careers. Please see our Provider Access Policy for further details.



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ATAM Academy Careers Programme 

Provider Access Policy