Careers Education

“Careers Education” and “Information, Advice and Guidance” by definition is a means of developing a young person’s knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills that they need to make well- informed, thought through choices and plans that enable them to progress smoothly into further learning and work, now and in the future.


The Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) is a means of providing all our young people with personalised support on learning and work pathways such as GCSE/A Levels, Traineeships, Apprenticeships and Employment with training especially with Year 9 options and Post 16 destinations. Also, through IAG our students will receive support on other key issues that impact on their ability to develop and progress for instance personal wellbeing. The school are working towards fully achieving the Gatsby principals.

Our Careers education, information, advice and guidance will:

  • Provide good quality independent and impartial careers advice to students which both inspires and motivates them to fulfil their potential.
  • Provide advice and guidance which is in the best interests of the student.
  • Contribute to raising achievement; encouraging students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers.
  • Provide opportunities to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others to provide opportunities to inspire students through real life contact with the world of work.
  • Develop enterprise and employability skills, including skills for self-employment.
  • Support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity.
  • Encourage students to see career development as a life-long process.
  • Support students at key transition points.

At Copley Academy we measure our careers provision using the Compass+ Survey and assess the impact of the careers programme on pupils through regularly pupil voice and questioning of other relevant stakeholders.  

Our Careers Lead is Miss Tidbury, Assistant Principal. You can contact her by emailing,

Your Role as Partners In Our School Careers Programme

Teachers and School Staff – To provide learners with opportunities to discover and learn about careers and employability, engage with the wider business community and with employers inside and outside of the classroom. To link schemes of learning with the world of work and, as mentors, to discuss experiences, skills development and progression with students and help signpost them to the CEIAG team.

Students – To engage with CEIAG events and learning opportunities, ask questions, research and discover all they can about future opportunities. To attend one to one interviews with the CEIAG team at key points in key stage 3 and key stage 4. To make use of the drop in opportunities at break and lunch times. Each student will have the opportunity to meet with the Positive Steps Career Adviser at key decision points.

Parents/Carers – To be aware of the CEIAG calendar and engage in the events and discussions about careers, progression and opportunities. To use the CEIAG resources listed on the website to support their young person in making key decisions. To contact the CEIAG team with any questions or concerns.

Employers and the wider community – We are keen to engage with employers and the wider community to support our delivery of CEIAG. If you could support the school either by helping with a CEIAG event at the school such as our Careers Networking Event, by offering a visit at your place of work or by offering work experience.

Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (C.E.I.A.G) Provision

The fast changing world of work demands that as a school we aim to support all our students in making a successful transition from education to employment. In addition, we assist our young people to identify and embark on careers opportunities that will unlock their full potential. Our provision also endeavours to promote equality of opportunity and challenges stereotypes enabling every student the relevant pathways to manage and pursue which ever future career they desire.

Our school vision is for all students to be college and work ready by the age of 16 when they leave Copley.

The CEIAG provision at Copley Academy aims to reinforce this vision.

Our programme is guided by the 2021 Careers Statutory Guidance and places at its heart the eight Gatsby benchmarks. These eight benchmarks are seen as the blue print for what a high quality careers programme should look like.

Throughout a student’s career at Copley they will have a vast array of careers related events, experiences and encounters in order to develop their aspirations and career wellbeing.

More specifically our students will:

  • BM1: Have access to a stable and structured careers programme that is continually evaluated.
  • BM2: By the age of 14 (Yr9) have accessed and used information about careers pathways and labour market information to inform future study options.
  • BM3: Be able to access systematic records of advice and targets.
  • BM4: By the age of 14 (Yr9) have had the opportunity to learn how STEM subjects help support people gain entry to a wide range of careers.
  • BM5: Participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer every year from 7-11.
  • BM6: By the age of 16 (Yr11) have had at least one experience of a workplace.
  • BM7: By the age of 16 (Yr11) have had a meaningful encounter with a provider of the full range of learning opportunities.
  • BM8: By the age of 16 (Yr11) have had at least one interview with a specialist careers advisor

Careers is taught within our GREAT Lives Curriculum as well as within all other curricular areas. To see our GREAT Lives (PSHE) curriculum please use the link below.  GREAT Lives totals 50 minutes of learning time each week, with Year 7 students receiving an additional hour once a fortnight to support with their transition to the Academy. 

Labour Market Information

What is LMI?

Labour Market Information (LMI) is information about what is happening in a labour market. LMI tends to focus on the industries that are growing and declining, the types and levels of jobs are increasing and decreasing and what supply of labour is available – numbers, skill and qualification levels. Having access to this information allows students to make informed decisions about what qualifications to take to increase the chances of them being suitable to particular job sectors that interest them, or increase their probability of finding a job in their local area.

To find more information about Greater Manchester’s LMI please click on the attached link and the following websites:

Supporting Documents

Destination Data

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