Careers Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Our Careers Programme

Career Pathways and Employability Skills

Careers Links

Post 16 Options and Destinations

Careers in the curriculum



Independant Careers Advice

Careers Strategy

Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) 

We are highly committed to providing our students with information, advice and guidance relating to their future decisions and careers. In order to do this we are following the 8 Gatsby benchmarks: 

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are: 

  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 

Our careers strategy details the ways in which we intend to meet these benchmarks in order to provide the best careers provision for our students at The Oaks Academy. 

Careers education at The Oaks Academy is co-ordinated by Mrs Abberley who can be emailed on, or contacted on 01270 661223. Please contact Mrs Abberley for information and enquires.

Careers education is led by Mrs Lockett and can be emailed on, or contacted on 01270 661223.

For further information and useful documents please visit the links above.

Careers Guidance at The Oaks Academy

Assistant Headteacher and Careers Lead
Pastoral Lead and Careers Support

Useful websites 

Start profile is an excellent platform used by KS3 students in order to fine tune their career choice based on their likes and interests. The website also provides information on the current labour market and job demographics: 

For current apprenticeship vacancies and information, visit the UK government website. 

For information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work 

For information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work 

UCAS supports young people making post-16 choices, as well as those applying for undergraduate and postgraduate courses. It also allows students to take various careers quizzes to allow them to fine-tune their options. 

Links to local colleges and Universities 

Good careers guidance is important to ensure that our students are able to progress onto further education, fully aware of what options are open to them. We work closely with a range of providers so that our students have a good understanding of all their potential opportunities.  We liaise with:

  • Local Sixth Forms
  • Further Educational and Land-based Colleges
  • Higher Horizons (supporting wider opportunities for all our students in conjunction with Keele University)
  • Total People (apprenticeships)
  • MPloy Solutions (external careers service)
  • Pledge (linking the school with local and national employers)
  • Enterprise Co-ordinator (Careers and Enterprise Company)

Our careers lead provides up to date information as to employment opportunities and college events throughout Year 11 and beyond into further education and onto higher education at degree level.  

Managing & Reviewing Careers
We use Compass (Enterprise & Careers Company) as an evaluation tool to assess and benchmark progress (termly) against the Gatsby benchmarks 

Alumni Group

We also have an alumni group set up at The Oaks Academy where we encourage our former students to keep in touch and share their academic journeys with us.

If you have any questions regarding careers or would like further advise, please send an email to

Student Entitlement and Gatsby Benchmarks 

As a school we work closely with advisory bodies to deliver the most appropriate careers advice and guidance.  The Gatsby Benchmarks are used to review and check our provision and we review this on an annual basis using the Compass evaluation tool which in endorsed by the Careers and Enterprise company.  

Student Entitlement 
By the end of KS4 (14-16) students will:
  • Have produced a personal careers action plan
  • Completed a CV
  • Undertaken at least one week based with an employer
  • ‘Be aware of all their post 16 options’ and be able to effectively apply for the next stage of their education/employment
  • Be able to access a variety of sources of information about careers and labour market opportunities, including attending the careers fair
  • Had access to at least one careers interview

Careers Events

Throughout the year a range of events and information evenings are offered by Local Sixth Forms, Further Educational and Land-based Colleges as well as apprenticeship providers and employers.  We will publish information about upcoming events via our social media platforms.  This will also be sent directly to parents and students who may benefit from this information.

To see the latest information about careers events please visit


External Links

Barclays Life Skills (links to producing a CV and virtual work experience) –

Total People (Middlewich) Apprenticeships and opportunities for post 16

The National Apprenticeship Service –

Reaseheath College – Reaseheath Discovery Hub: exclusive on-demand content

MPloy Solutions

The next review date for careers information is July 2022