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Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG)

In this section you will find useful information regarding Independent Careers Advice and Guidance.  Click on the logo to access the relevant website.

Careers Department                                                                       

Mrs Kate Douglas

Careers Advisor and Work Experience Co-ordinator

Careers information, advice and guidance features highly on the agenda at Upton Hall School, starting in Year 7 and progressing throughout pupils’ time here.

The careers programme is tailored so that pupils and students receive the relevant careers information that is suitable to their age group and stage of education.  This enables our pupils/students to make an informed choice of career pathway, whether this is university, an apprenticeship or a School Leaver Scheme.  Personalised advice on Higher Education, the UCAS process and how to maximise success in getting onto the most competitive courses, has produced a strong record in enabling students to obtain offers from Oxbridge as well as places for Medicine, Veterinary and Dentistry.

Below is a sample of some of things we deliver in school.  We base our provision on the nationally recognised ‘Gatsby benchmarks’ and, on this page, you will also find an overview of our key performance indicators for quality careers provision across the Key Stages.

Highlights of our Careers programme

Careers Insights                                                           

Every Friday morning girls in Year 11, Year 12 and Year 13 are able to attend talks by careers specialists on a wide range of professions and careers. So far this year we have had speakers from the following industries; games production, radiography & radiotherapy, dentistry, engineering, teaching, accountancy, higher apprenticeships and marketing.

Careers Fair                                                                

We hold a careers fair on a biennial basis inviting employers and higher education representatives.  Students from Years 9 to 13 are able to listen to talks from professionals in medicine, dentistry, psychology, research science, veterinary science, law, broadcast journalism, teaching and higher/degree level apprenticeship.  In addition to these talks, students have access to employers such as Accenture, KPMG, NHS, Ripstone Games and Influential Marketing as well as some of the top universities including the Russell Group Universities, plus many more.

Work Experience

At Upton we believe that pupils learn valuable employability skills as well as an insight into a particular profession by undertaking work experience in Years 10 and 12.  This is undertaken during the summer term and consists of a one week placement.  The Year 12 work experience week tends to be tailored to the career area that the student would like to specialise in.

Work Place and University Visits    

Employer and university visits form part of our careers programme.

So far this academic year students have been on a ‘behind the scenes’ tour of Tranmere Rovers FC, Unilever and St Catherine’s Hospital with girls looking at a selection of careers available and speaking to experts in their field.

A group of potential primary teachers have attended a taster day at Chester University taking part in workshops and talks.  A party of Year 10 and Year 11 students have visited a Magdalene College, Cambridge event, raising aspirations and dispelling some of the myths around studying at Oxford and Cambridge. A group of Year 8 pupils have worked with Airbus at the Teen Tech event in Deeside to raise awareness of STEM subjects and the types of careers they can lead to. A group of Year 10 students have visited Edge Hill University to get a taste of university life and a look at performing arts and media courses.


‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ at Upton Hall School

The nationally recognised ‘Gatsby benchmarks’ of careers education are used by the school as a basis for setting our careers and employability strategy. Expected key performance indicators (KPIs) are provided below for each key stage; the expectation is that the careers provision should have enabled students to achieve these by the end of each key stage.

This is based on the premise that every school and college should have an embedded programme of careers education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and governors (Gatsby benchmark 1).

Gatsby Benchmarks (2-7)

Detail Lower School (KS3) Upper School (KS4) Sixth Form (KS5)




2. Learning from career and labour market information

Learning from career and labour market information
Every pupil, 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.

Describe how the world of work is changing and be able to identify the skills that promote employability

Be aware of what job and labour market information (LMI) is and how it can help inform future career plans. Be able to access relevant information and make critical use of a range of sources to explain how careers are changing

Draw conclusions from researching and evaluating relevant job and labour market information (LMI) to support future plans

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Ensure access to  a progressive careers programme ensuring guidance is tailored so pupils are able to make timely, informed decisions about their option plans.

Undertake a realistic self assessment of their qualities, aptitudes and abilities and identify areas for development. Build self confidence and develop a positive self image.

Show an understanding of the importance of personal budgeting and money management.

Ensure access to  a progressive careers programme ensuring guidance is tailored so pupils are able to make timely, informed decisions available to them after Year 11.

Know the attributes, skills and knowledge they should possess to ensure they have the employability skills to enable them to be effective in the workplace and of benefit to their employer and the wider economy.

Show an understanding of wages, taxes, credit, debt and financial risk.


Ensure access to a progressive careers programme ensuring guidance is tailored so pupils are able to make timely, informed decisions about the options available to them after A levels.

Make the most of support networks including making effective use of impartial careers information, advice and guidance and be able to demonstrate that they have acquired and developed the skills needed to improve employability. Be able to translate their achievements, into skills and qualities that employers seek.

All pupils will receive advice about interview technique, competitive HE applications and CV preparation.

Show an understanding of cost of living, student finance, pensions and budgeting for independent living.

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.

Ensure pupils are aware of the value of English and maths, the diversity of science and technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) careers. Pupils are aware of the opportunities afforded by prestigious universities for pupils from all backgrounds and the potential for apprenticeships to offer a high-calibre route into employment.

 Pupils learn about careers and the world of work and are able to match their skills, interests, learning styles and values to requirements and realistic opportunities in learning and work.

Pupils are able to plan their post-16 subject choices to enable them to acheive their career aspirations. They are clear about the links between post-16 options and further study/careers.

Pupils are able to see how a subject links to a career through:


Hard Skills

Soft Skills

5. Encounters with employers and employees

Every pupil 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.

All pupils will have had the opportunity to attend the biennial careers fair, attending talks from universities, apprenticeship providers, employers and companies offering school leaver schemes. Students are given the opportunity to explore career ideas through face-to-face discussions with a range of people including role models and inspiring individuals and alumni from universities and colleges.

Pupils will have the opportunity to increase their awareness of 'new careers', for example those in the field of computer science/programming.

All pupils will have had the opportunity to attend career insight events on a weekly basis showcasing a wide range of careers and delivered by local employers and specialists in a particular field. In turn inspiring them to think more broadly and ambitiously about future education and career options though sustained and varied contacts with a range of employers, careers advisers, coaches, alumni and other high achieving individuals.


All pupils will have access to a wide range of employers by attendance at careers insight events, weekly enrichment activities and fortnightly enrichement speakers.


6. Experiences of workplaces

Every pupil 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



All Year 10 pupils will have spent one week in the workplace to help raise aspirations, and give students an experience of the world of work. They will have had the opportunity to demonstrate and develop their own employability skills.


All Year 12 students will have had the opprtunity to take part in a work experience placement, where possible linked directly to their future career plans.


7. Encounters with further and higher education

All pupils 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.

All pupils will be aware of the learning pathways available to them and impartial guidance given on career progressions routes.


All pupils will have had the opportunity to attend the biennial careers fair, attending talks from universities, further education establishments, apprenticeship providers, employers and companies offering apprenticeships and school leaver schemes.

All pupils will have the opportunity to gain insights into professional leadership roles as part of the Year 11 Leadership Day. All students progressing to the Sixth Form will engage with at least one HE presentation and one apprenticeship presentation delivered by external institutions on their pre-induction day.

All pupils will have attended workshops and presentations from a wide range of universities and apprenticeship providers throughout the year and as an integral part of the annual Futures Week.

All pupils will have the opportunity to attend the HE convention at Liverpool University at the end of Year 12.

8. Personal Guidance

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers 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. They should be expected  for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.


Careers Adviser is available for 1:1 interviews and in group discussions at key transition stages.

The Careers Adviser prepares PSHE lessons for delivery by form tutors to ensure quality of content in each year of this key stage.

All Year 11 students will meet with the Careers Adviser during the Autumn term for a 1:1 guidance interview to discuss career plans for year 11. This includes higher education, further education, moving to another L3 provider, schoolleaver schemes and apprenticeship advice (advanced and higher)


All Year 12 and Year 13 students have the opportunity to meet with the Careers Adviser either on a self referral basis or through referrals from staff.

The Careers Adviser prepares PSHE lessons for delivery by form tutors to ensure quality of content in each year of this key stage

Useful Websites

Student Finance

Student Finance-how and when to apply

Higher Education

The UCAS website is the website that all students use to apply to higher education. Every course at every university is listed and can be searched by subject and region.  It gives the entry requirement for each course.

Unifrog is an online platform which helps you make choices about your  future.  It allows you to search for universities and apprenticeships.  It also has the facility to sign up to free online courses (MOOC) to enhance your university or apprenticeship application.


All you need to know about a career in health - how the health sector is structured, the sort of people we need and where you might work, and specific information about careers in the NHS, medicine and public health


Prospects is the graduate careers website. There is a wealth of information about graduate careers. It is also possible to download a copy of ‘What do graduates do?’

Unistats allows you to find the best university for your chosen subject. You can compare UCAS points of different courses; examine the Student Satisfaction Survey; graduate employment data i.e. the chances of you getting work and the likely salary you can expect.

You can use Opendays to find dates of open days nationally and at specific universities. Also includes information on subjects, university, accommodation, and train tickets

Alternatives to University's Top 70 School Leaver Employers Table 2017. This year’s table is based on over 3,300 peer-to-peer written reviews from young people, incorporating ratings from a variety of schemes, including apprenticeships, degree apprenticeships, traineeships, gap year programmes and work experience opportunities.

The Notgoingtouni site suggests options for those pupils not intending to go to university. It includes information on jobs, apprenticeships, gap years, sponsored degrees, college courses, foundation degrees and distance-learning courses. The search is based on keyword and regional preference.

This site offers details of apprenticeships in England. It includes information on what you learn as an apprentice and details of the qualifications you will obtain. Also listed are currently available apprenticeships

The jobseekers website has a job search facility (based on type of job and distance from your home). It also has advice about applying for a job, how to look for work and how to plan a career


The Prince of Wales Trust provides you with help to explore and test your business ideas.  It provides details of grants etc.

Study Abroad

A Star Future is a comprehensive website giving information about studying abroad. 


The Fulbright Commission is the official source of information on applying to American universities for the United Kingdom

If you are planning to go to university in another EU country, you probably have a lot of questions. How do I apply? How long do degree courses there last? How much will the fees be? Will my language skills be good enough?  Find out more.

Careers Advice

Careers advice from the National Careers Service

This is the website for Career Connect. It includes details about careers, learning and living, vacancies for young people, job search advice, interview help, CVs, case studies and downloads .