Careers and Guidance

Careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) are key elements of our work with students at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School. CEIAG covers a range of activities and interventions that help our students to become more self-reliant and better able to manage their personal and career development, as part of their ongoing learning. It is our aim that our students will be well prepared and able to make informed decisions regarding the next stages in their lives, enabling them to thrive.

CEIAG at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School has four essential and interlinked principles:

Careers Education – a planned curriculum programme that gives students the knowledge and skills for planning and managing their careers.

Careers Information – including learning options, skills, occupations, labour market information and progression routes – facilitated by a range of on-line resources, accessible via our Moodle VLE (Virtual Learning Environment), including access to the National Careers Service, university research resources, the Apprenticeships portal and a range of research tools.

Careers Advice and Guidance – personalised help to identify long-term goals and to plan the steps to attain them, including access to advisers who can provide a careers interview.

Work-Related Learning – experiences within and outside the curriculum that help students learn about economic wellbeing, careers and enterprise. Year 10 students complete a week of Work Experience to develop their employability skills.

Our PSHE programme includes a wide range of CEIAG sessions, including use of the wide range of resources that can be accessed via our Moodle. The VLE resources signpost students to resources such as the National Careers Service, the Which University Guide, Careers Box and Plotr, to name just a few. These allow students to access impartial information and to make informed choices about GCSE, AS / A Level courses and university course choices, as well as alternatives to academic study.

A range of Careers and Higher Education themed assemblies take place for all year groups as well as enrichment activities such as Enterprise Days.

Form Tutors and Heads of Year assist students in making options choices and deciding on post-16 applications. Mrs Dickinson, our Careers and Higher Education Adviser, is available to meet with students to discuss their careers / course ideas and to provide information, advice and guidance.

"The school’s arrangements across Years 7-11 to provide all students with information, advice and guidance about their future choices and potential careers, are outstanding. They include a detailed careers education programme, themed assemblies, one-to-one interviews, access to local careers events, detailed options booklets, strong advice with Year 11 personal statements, and involvement of the Young People’s Service and in the ‘widening participation’ programme, as required. Testimony to the bespoke nature of all of these arrangements is the fact that all students by the end of Year 11 continue into education, employment or training."

— Dr Andy Swallow (School Inspector 2015)