Careers Education (CEIAG)

Pathways Co-ordinator and Careers Lead: Dan Walker
Identified Trustee for CEIAG: Tara Gratton

Contact: 0114 258 9062 (please ask to leave a message with Dan Walker)

Ruskin Mill Trust recognises that our students are on a pathway to self-leadership. As a holistic organisation we acknowledge and appreciate multiple intelligences such as emotional and aesthetic intelligence, and situational awareness. To assist in the student journey towards ‘self-generated conscious action’ our staff consciously role model positive relationships with other human beings as well as their environment. This role modelling, and our educational approach as a whole, contributes to our vision that each individual has the potential to shape their own future through experiencing meaningful relationships with universe, earth and people. This is the lens through which the following should be viewed.

At Brantwood Specialist School, we believe that high quality, objective Careers Education and Guidance can help young people to develop a sense of purpose, raise their aspirations and assist them to progress throughout their education and into meaningful adult lives. Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance is an integral part of school life.

The Statutory Guidance

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers (October, 2018) is a long-term plan to build “a world class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them”.

Its aims are as follows:

All young people access a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience.

All schools and colleges continue to achieve the 8 Gatsby benchmarks:

  • A stable careers programme

  • Learning from career and labour market information

  • Addressing the needs of each student

  • Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • Encounters with employers and employees

  • Experiences of workplaces

  • Encounters with further and higher education

  • Personal guidance

Brantwood Specialist School is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students aged 12 – 19, in partnership with C & K Careers.

Our Aims

At Brantwood Specialist School we endeavour to provide students with a variety of opportunities in a range of activities. These involve learning possibilities and specialist visits in order to give students opportunities that they may not have experienced without our intervention.

Through Careers Education and Guidance our students will:

  • Develop a positive self-image in relation to future learning and work roles, based on an accurate assessment and recording of their abilities and aptitudes.

  • Build aspiration for their future based on a sound understanding of the range of opportunities available through learning and work, and of career progression.

  • Develop skills to form and implement effective decisions and a reflective approach to learning from experience.

CEIAG Curriculum

Our careers programme includes employer engagement experiences, work experience, information and research activities (through our broader Preparation for Adulthood, pastoral curriculum), work related learning and individual planning activities. Other focused events may include college taster days, careers fairs, mock-interview days, assemblies and presentations.

Click here to view Brantwood Specialist School’s Career Policy.


Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term



Stage 1
(approximately ages 12-13)



Learn about the skills and qualities needed fordifferent careers, with class teacher and Pathways Coordinator

Learn about different types of careers, with classteacher and Pathways Coordinator

Meeting with external Careers Adviser

A taster / informative visit related to a career /area of interest



Stage 2
(approximately ages 13-14)



Talk by college SENCO, apprenticeship provider and university SENCO, about further education, apprenticeships and highereducation, respectively.

Meeting with external Careers Adviser

Careers Carousel. Talks from a diversity of professionals about their respective careers



Stage 3
(approximately ages 14-15)



College & Sixth Form visits. Complete accompanied work around post 16 options

Meeting with external Careers Adviser

Discuss with Pathways Coordinator / PFA Coordinator about potential work experience ideas for next year.



Stage 4
(approximately ages 15-16)

Work Experience Opportunity 1

Meeting with external Careers Adviser

CV writing workshops, with class teacher andPathways Coordinator

Talk from job centre employee about benefits.Complete accompanied work

Transition work. e.g. college visits, traveltraining, etc (if transitioning this year)


Stage 5
(approximately ages 16-17)



Work experience opportunity 2 (this year or nextyear)

Meeting with external Careers Adviser

Transition work. e.g. college visits, travel training, etc (if transitioning this year)



Stage 5
(approximately ages 17-18)



Work Experience Opportunity 2 (if not previous year)

Meeting with external Careers Adviser

Transition work. e.g. college visits, travel training, etc (if transitioning this year)


Stage 6
(approximately 18-19)


Update CVs with class teacher and Pathways Coordinator / PFA Coordinator

Meeting with external Careers Adviser

Transition work. e.g. college visits, travel training, etc.

Pupil during a craft session