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The Career Guidance Service

Careers Guidance

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Hathershaw

At The Hathershaw College Academy Trust 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 for the future.

Our unique programme underlines our commitment to ensure young people achieve during their time at Hathershaw 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 Citizenship lessons, in partnership with outside agencies such as the Career Service, 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, external trips and events that are differentiated and personalised to them.


The CEIAG Team

Hathershaw have a dedicated team who work together to offer high quality, impartial advice and guidance. They are:

Mr M Giles - Senior Vice Principal responsible for CEIAG

Miss H Nazir - Head of Citizenship

Mr Brocklehurst - Year 11 Manager

Mr A Stewardson - Most Able Co-ordinator

Mr G Barber - Least Able Co-ordinator

Miss J Lancaster - Career Service Adviser


The Career Service

Within Oldham the Career Service is provided by an independent company called Positive Steps.

The Career Service is a service offered to all young people in Oldham between the ages of 13 and 19 providing impartial information, advice and guidance. The Service adds to the support already offered by school staff to enable young people to fulfil their potential and make a successful start to their adult life.

All students between years 8 and 11 will be invited to a career appointment in school to discuss their options and ideas with someone who is trained to help and knows all about what is available – from college courses to apprenticeships and training, to university and employment.

In addition to support offered within school the Career Service Adviser also

  1. Provides ongoing support to students during the transition from Year 11 into training, employment or further education.
  2. Follows up on all Year 11 leavers and collates information on the destinations of those students.
  3. Carries out home visits to former students not engaged in employment, education or training.

Visits are also made to current students who are non-attendees

For further information regarding The Career Guidance Service please access the following link


Inspiring IAG Award

We strive to comply with the ‘best practices’ in CEIAG and continually evaluate and update the provision available to young people within school. In addition, we are committed to embedding career education within all curriculum areas and ensuring our staff are able to provide appropriate and timely advice and support.

As a school we have been working towards the Inspiring IAG Award. The award has been designed to provide a good practice framework and recognition of high quality CEIAG for organisations that provide support services for young people.

Inspiring IAG is a three stage process that recognises good practice and also supports organisations to identify areas for development. Six key areas, outlined below, run through each stage of the award and all are underpinned by the principles of equality and diversity and the raising of aspiration

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

To date The Hathershaw Academy Trust has achieved stage 1 and 2 and is currently working towards gaining stage 3 of the Inspiring IAG Award.


Raising the Participation Age

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: