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Careers Information, Advice and Educational Guidance (CIAEG) 

The Kassia Academy and Support Services Academy (2020)

We believe that all of our learners are entitled to the very best education, including careers guidance, through a developed, personalised curriculum, delivered by highly experienced and qualified staff. In January 2018 The Gatsby Charitable Foundation established eight world class benchmarks. At The Kassia Academy we adhere to them in order to develop and improve our careers provision and provide the best life chances for our learners. 

The Gatsby Bench Marks 

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


Our aim is to ensure every child receives advice and guidance so that they are inspired and motivated to achieve the best that they can. We will deliver a high quality careers programme, linking careers into our curriculum and also through one to one sessions with our in-house, level 6 qualified careers lead.

We aim to inspire young people through real life experiences in the world of work and also encounters with local employers. As part of our Careers Programme, learners have the opportunity to attend open events and organised careers fairs to enable them to make an informed choice post 16. 

We Will

  • Create strong links with external providers including colleges, training providers and employers.
  • Aim to secure appropriate work placements for learners to experience the world of work.
  • Develop employability skills and ensure that all Year 11 learners leave Kassia with an up to date CV and a careers action plan directing them to a positive post 16 destination.
  • Provide learners with the opportunity to access mock interviews, create covering letters and develop a personal statement.
  • Liaise with local colleges and arrange transitions events for learners in preparation for the end of year 11.
  • Promote and attend careers events and promote STEM within our curriculum.
  • Widen horizons and raise aspirations.
  • Deliver an impartial, embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by learners, parents, teachers, governors and employers across Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4.
  • Undertake tracking of all year 11 learners and follow up each case, checking they have offers and providing destination data back to the Local Authority

 Year 7-10

  • Start to introduce careers resources
  • Complete a skills assessment online identifying suitable careers
  • Attend employer site visits
  • Participate in onsite and offsite employer lead skills sessions
  • Create pathways action plans and start to think about plans for the future
  • Experience taster days and transitions events at local colleges
  • Learn about the different Post-16 pathways

 Year 11

  • Explore all Post-16 options
  • Apply to Post-16 options and back up plans, as necessary
  • Attend relevant events in and out of school where they can speak to employers, colleges and training providers
  • Continue to develop skills required for a successful transition
  • Access one to one support with a careers adviser
  • Targeted support for identified vulnerable children in year 11 at risk of becoming NEET (Not in education employment or training) to discuss their post 16 options

Contact Kirsty Cooper  (learning mentor) for all matters relating to careers, work related learning and post -16 provision.