Careers Programme

Careers Advice is given via group activity and one to ones where pupils can develop their Employability Skills and receive a Level 2 qualification. Pupils also complete a career plan and are then given assistance on how to complete their application forms for college or Training Providers. Pupils are taught how to plan and prepare for an interview and the CEIAG Coordinator is available to accompany anyone  and support them at their interview.

Assistance is also given in the drawing up of a professional quality CV.

Pupils are given access to employers through the local Business Hive network where local employer visits take place. Outside agencies such as Colleges, Training Providers, the Army carry out regular career presentations at The School, during assemblies.

Live links with employers like Balfour Beatty also take place so pupils can experience the world of work for a large employer.

Once pupils leave The Heights at the end of year 11 they can make appointments to see the CEIAG Coordinator for further assistance with their CV’s or college applications.

The Heights’s CEIAG programme will help pupils to:

  • Understand themselves, their interests, likes and dislikes, what they are good at and how this affects the choices they make
  • Find out about different courses, what qualifications they might need and what opportunities there might be
  • Develop the skills they may need for working life
  • Make realistic, but ambitious, choices about courses and jobs
  • Develop a plan of action for the future
  • Understand the different routes after Year 11 including training, further and higher education and jobs
  • Be able to make effective applications for jobs, training and further and higher education
  • Develop interview skills
  • Improve confidence

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The Pupils at The Heights have access to impartial IAG by the Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance Coordinator, who has over 20 years of experience of delivering CEIAG to post 16 students.

Contact Details:

Cathi Sherratt
CEIAG Co Ordinator / Exam Officer
The Heights Free School
Heys Lane

Tel: 01254 261655


The school’s next review of the Careers information published will be on the 12th July 2019


Pupils will receive:

Weekly careers lessons
Additional careers information within PSHE
Guided tutor time
Access to careers information is available in books, videos, leaflets and on computer
Support through our own Careers Leader
Interviews with the New Directions personal adviser
Other subject lessons linked to careers

Pupils can expect to be:

Treated equally with others
Given careers information and advice that is up to date and impartial
Treated with respect by visitors to the school who are part of the careers programme
Given extra help if required

Additional support is available where appropriate through extra help by the SENCO, Senior Leaders and the Pastoral Team.

Parents and Carers

Parents and Carers have the opportunity to attend careers interviews if they wish and will be invited as part of SEND reviews (EHCP, Statements and IPRAs) and looked after children reviews.

Links with parents / carers are maintained using a variety of methods including the school website, leaflets, letters and consultation days.

The school also works closely with BwD Careers Service “New Directions”. New Directions is a careers, information and advice service for young people within Blackburn and Darwen. They can provide puipls and their parents and carers with the support they need to enter into employment, education or training.

They offer advice on:

Training courses
College courses
Volunteering opportunities
Advice and Guidance

This service is available available to all students through an throughout the year and is available at Careers Events and Parent’s meetings.

Further Information

New Directions

Everybody: Young Person’s Resource Centre
Simmons Street
Monday to Thursday 1pm – 4pm

New Directions

Darwen Youth Centre
Knott Street
Thursday 1pm – 4pm


New Directions
Tel: 01254 666424

Equality and Diversity

CIEAG is provided to all students and provision is made to allow all students to access the curriculum. Students are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All students are provided with the opportunities that reflect their needs.

Other links with local 14-19 Providers are made when required.

Staff Development

Staff training needs are identified as part of the appraisal process and during regular planning meetings between the Head of Careers and his/her Line Manager.


The school is keen to work with local employers and build on the fantastic links we already have to secure positive Post 16 and 18 destinations. Employers can contact our Careers Leader directly to organise a visit to the school and to participate in our Careers assemblies and events.

We Measure and Assess the Impact of our Careers Programme through:
Destination measures
Student, parent and staff voice
Employer feedback
Visiting partners
Work experience evaluation
Website analytical review
Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby Benchmarks

The eight benchmarks are a framework for good career guidance developed to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice, and 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 a self-evaluation tool that gives us an immediate confidential read-out of how our own career guidance performs against the Gatsby eight benchmarks.