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Career Programme Information

The aim of this Policy is to provide information about the school’s careers programme in accordance with Section 42A of the Education Act 1997. The information provided was accurate as at 1st September 2019 and is relevant for the 2018-2019 academic year. The information in this document will be reviewed on an annual basis and will be next updated for 1st September 2020.


Contact Information

The designated school’s Careers Leader for the College is Mr A Potts, Assistant Principal. If you are a parent, pupil or employer and would like further information on our Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), he can be contacted by telephone on 0161 770 8555 or by email at


Section 1 – A summary of our careers programme

1.1 Values and principles

At the Hathershaw College we are committed to providing both independent careers guidance and a highly structured careers programme as the legal entitlement of all students. Excellent Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) prepares students to make appropriate choices in order to be successful in adult life. Our CEIAG programme develops the students’ skills and provides the information to enable them to make informed decisions about their futures, enabling students to be both aspirational and realistic. We are committed to providing an excellent careers programme and welcome approaches from employers to build partnerships to continually improve our practice.


1.2 Aims

The aims of our CEIAG programme are for students to:

  • be aware of their abilities, skills and aptitudes and how these might equip them for possible future careers
  • receive independent guidance from a qualified Careers Advisor from Year 8 onwards
  • find out about potential future careers and the range of opportunities in each occupational area
  • have an awareness of Labour Market Information and changes taking place with respect to employment opportunities at a local, national and global level
  • be aware of the range of routes to possible future careers, including reference to apprenticeships where applicable
  • have the opportunity to undertake a variety of career-related activities in each year group
  • be equipped with the knowledge and skills to make the next steps in their education at the point of transition from school


1.3 Implementation: 

  • The Careers Leader, in conjunction with the Careers Advisor, will lead and quality assure the provision of CEIAG across the college, and liaise with the relevant outside agencies
  • The Careers Leader will work with Curriculum Leaders to ensure aspects of their curriculum are linked to real-world career paths
  • All students in Years 8 to 11 will receive an appointment with a Careers Advisor each academic year. Some students, including those who have special educational needs or are children in care, may receive additional support from the Careers Advisor.
  • Parents will be fully involved in the CEIAG process. They will be provided with an overview of the CEIAG programme and are able to attend appointments between their child and the Careers Advisor
  • A variety of ‘taster events’ will be provided for students, including visits to our Multi-Academy Trust (MAT) partner, Oldham Sixth Form College (OSFC), The Oldham College, training providers and Universities
  • An annual Careers Fair will provide Year 10 students with direct access to employers
  • All students receive Citizenship lessons, which are used to deliver aspects of the CEIAG curriculum. In addition to this, Form Tutors support students at specific times of the year, for example contributing to the post-16 College application process and option choices for students in Year 8


1.4 Partnerships

The College has strong partnerships with a variety of organisations to support the implementation of CEIAG. These include:

  • Positive Steps
  • Greater Manchester Combined Authority
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • Local Colleges, including our MAT partner, OSFC
  • Training Providers offering routes into employment through apprenticeships
  • Universities including The University of Oxford, The University of Manchester and Manchester Metropolitan University
  • A range of employers, including the NHS through the Enterprise Advisor Network
  • Former students as we continue to develop an ‘Alumni Network’
  • Young Enterprise
  • Mahdlo
  • GM Higher


1.5 Staff development

Training is provided for all staff responsible for the delivery of CEIAG. The Careers Leader has undertaken training provided by the Careers and Enterprise Company and facilitated by Greater Manchester Combined Authority. In-house training is provided for teachers of Citizenship and form tutors. If you are a student, parent, teacher or employer and want further information about our careers programme, this is available in the Curriculum section of our website, which can be accessed at and clicking on the Citizenship section for each year group.


Section 2 – Impact of provision

The College closely monitors the number of students who are recorded as not in education, employment or training (NEET) after they have left school.

The table below shows that the percentage of students that leave The Hathershaw College and go into some form of education, employment or training. The table highlights that we are above the local authority average and as a school we have a low NEET figure. In addition it shows that since 2016 our NEET figure has improved with more students going into education, employment or training. 

2016 Results

2017 Results

2018 Results

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Local Authority %








Source: 'Moving on Report' Positive Steps


IAG Award

In recognition of our CEIAG provision, the College is in receipt of 'The Quality in Careers Standard' award, providing further verification of the quality and impact of our CEIAG provision.



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