Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at St Monica’s

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at St Monica’s

At St Monica’s we recognise our role in preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and challenges they will experience post school. In response we have developed a CEIAG programme that enables them to explore their options, develop their life skills and prepare them for the future.

Our unique programme underlines our commitment to ensure young people achieve during their time at St Monica’s and beyond, by providing students with the information and necessary skills to make informed decisions about their future and a positive transition to post 16 education or training.

The CEIAG programme we offer is delivered to all students in Years 7 to 11 through PSHCE, and LORIC lessons, in partnership with outside agencies, local colleges and training providers, apprenticeship providers, universities and employers. As part of the programme young people progress through a series of structured lessons, activities in schools, assemblies, virtual sector visits and events that are differentiated and personalised to them.

The CEIAG Team

St Monica’s have a dedicated team who work together to offer high quality, impartial advice and guidance. As well as having all pastoral and subject area teams on board there is also a dedicated Careers team. They are:

Miss M Bribet
Assistant Headteacher, Careers Lead/Coordinator

Mr D Langford
Career Service Adviser (Positive Steps)

The school is constantly keeping up to date with changes and in particular working to meet all of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

We work to develop our CEIAG programme this is underpinned by the principles of equality and diversity and the raising of aspiration

We focus on the development of:

Management and Leadership

Design and Delivery of CEIAG
Working with Partners
Information and Communication
Outcomes for Young People
Involving Parents and Carers


We are aiming to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks. The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:

  1. A stable careers programme
    2. Learning from career and labour market information
    3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
    4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
    5. Encounters with employers and employees
    6. Experiences of workplaces
    7. Encounters with further and higher education
    8. Personal guidance

We use the COMPAS careers benchmark audit tool to review our progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks

From summer 2015 the law changed and all young people are now required to continue in education or training until the year in which they turn 18. As a school we fully support this change and believe that the aspirations of our students can best be met by them moving into education, training or employment when they leave us.

Further information regarding this change can be found at

We want our young people to leave school with an understanding of the society they live in, and with the social and moral awareness to succeed in adult society

Youth Employment UK is an independent, not for profit social enterprise founded in 2012 to tackle youth unemployment. 

TARGETcareers exists to help young people make choices about their future. We do this by providing expert information and advice on the range of career possibilities available and the best routes to them. Whether they are considering going to university or taking an apprenticeship with an employer, or still figuring out the right combination of school subjects, TARGETcareers can help them make the next step in their education or career.

Parental Guidance is from the Careers Writers Association. They are highly experienced careers writers of articles, books and web-based materials for all age groups, particularly young people.

The aim of this site is to provide helpful information to parents and carers, many of whom feel at a loss about the best way to advise the young people in their care. 

Bitesize is the BBC’s free online study support resource for school-age pupils in the United Kingdom

The Greater Manchester Apprenticeship & Careers Service (GMACS) helps young people explore and design their next steps before leaving school.

The site brings together different stages of the career planning process, helping students navigate the choices open to them and develop the tools to start working life. It showcases what Greater Manchester can offer and provides a direct way to apply for courses, jobs and apprenticeships.