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Information Advice and Guidance at Westhoughton High School
  • Section 1 Our Aims and Rationale
  • Section 2 Delivery model/calendar of events
  • Section 3 Destination Trends/NEETs
  • Section 4 Supporting vulnerable students/the disadvantaged
  • Section 5 Supporting the most able-gifted and talented students
  • Section 6 Engaging parents and carers
  • Section 7 Resources available for students and parents to access on line
  • Section 8 School Contacts

Section 1 Our Aims and Rationale

The school is committed to providing impartial and relevant CEIAG to students from years 7 to 11 as outlined in the School’s CEIAG Policy.

CEIAG Policy

We are committed to implement the Government’s careers strategy published on 4th December 2017 in the Department for Education’s Careers guidance and access for education and training providers. We will use the eight Gatsby Foundation Benchmarks to work towards offering quality CEIAG to our students. We aim to meet the eight Gatsby standards by the end of 2020.

To support us in ensuring a high standard of CEIAG, we will use the Compass on line self-evaluation tool which will be used to formulate an annual action plan to drive up standards and work towards achieving the Gatsby benchmarks. The Gatsby standards build on the standards the school met when achieving the Inspiring CEIAG Gold award in 2016.

The school is one of the three Bridge Careers leading schools which make up the newly formed Bolton CEIAG Careers hub. We will share good practice and work collaboratively with other schools within the Bolton area to enable them to work towards achieving Gatsby benchmarks. The hub will be used to standardise how schools address meeting the Gatsby standards. Bolton is one of the 10 school and college led hubs within the Greater Manchester Combined Authority [GMCA].

The school will be supported by a Careers and Enterprise Adviser, currently Heather Middlehurst Human Resources Development Manager - Stateside Foods, Westhoughton.

Please click below to see a list of the benchmarks the school are working towards.

Gatsby Benchmarks

Key Staff include:

  • Mr C Dignam - Assistant Headteacher, CEIAG Careers Lead
  • Miss C Storey Connexions Advisor - who is in school two days per week. Claire holds relevant CDI qualifications to provide impartial guidance interviews. [Gatsby Benchmark 8]
  • Mr R Bell - Link Governor
  • Ms H Middlehurst - Enterprise Advisor.

Evaluation and monitoring

Our CEIAG programme is reviewed and evaluated throughout the year in order to respond to any statutory changes and to ensure that we offer a broad and balanced careers programme.

We will use evaluation from students, staff, employers and training providers, parents, carers and governors to measure and assess the impact of our CEIAG provision.

We will also use current destinations data to assess how successfully students make the transition to post 16 education and training.

Section 2 Delivery model/Calendar of Events

CEIAG is delivered across years 7 to 11. The school’s CEIAG lead, Mr C Dignam, is responsible for the leadership of CEIAG in school, liaising with a range of outside agencies including Connexions and local providers including colleges,employers,providers of technical education, traineeships and apprenticeships. In addition is coordinating the school’s response to the Government’s careers strategy and the implementation of Gatsby standards.

The school has bought in the services of a Connexions Personal adviser, Miss C Storey, who is in school two days each week and is based in a dedicated Careers Room. She attends Parents’ Evenings in years 9-11 and other progression information events so that parents and carers can receive independent guidance on their child’s next step. Students are encouraged to call in at break or lunchtimes to make appointments or to seek guidance, and staff may also refer students to Miss Storey if they feel students are in need of support in terms of careers guidance [Gatsby benchmark 8]
We are committed to encourage all staff to take responsibility to have an input in the delivery of CEIAG. Form tutors deliver aspects of CEIAG as part of an ongoing programme. Year 11 tutors are expected to have an up to date CEIAG noticeboard making students aware of careers events throughout the year. Connexions staff deliver CEIAG through group or individual sessions; teaching staff in off timetable days follow structured activities such as enrichment days.

The school’s Careers programme is summarised in the curriculum matrix which is revised on a termly basis.

Curriculum Matrix

Section 3 NEETs and destinations Data

Students not in full time education and training [NEET]

The school is committed to ensuring that all students gain a realistic post 16 place in full time education or training. Working with our Connexions adviser, we track our school leavers and offer guidance and support to prevent potential NEETS. Year 11 Form tutors receive data on those students who have not made applications so that they can offer further guidance and encouragement, and are encouraged to refer to careers staff students who they believe are potential NEETS or who they believe to have made unrealistic choices. 

Destination Data 2020

Destination Data 2019

Destination Data 2018

Destination Data 2017

School Destination Data Comparative Figures

The following was issued in January 2019 and compares the number of students staying in education and entering employment to local and national figures for 2018 leavers.

School Leaver Retention Data Comparative Figures

The following was issued in January 2019 and shows the destination and retention figures for our students who completed Key Stage 4 in 2016 the latest data available.

School Leaver Retention Data

Section 4 Strategies with more vulnerable/disadvantaged

All students with a statement are seen by our careers adviser from Connexions. Where a student has learning needs, the careers adviser liaises with the post 16 institution of their choice to ensure learning support is in place when the student starts there. The careers adviser works with students who may need support such as More Able Disadvantaged, Looked After Children, students with special educational needs and those with emotional and behavioural difficulties and offers them additional support with applications for post 16 options. This may include arranging appointments or interviews at college or a training provider. She also provides a report, a Transition Referral which sets out learning support requirements. Free Schools Meal students are given individual guidance interviews at the end of key stage 3 and 4 and, where necessary, after each data entry. There is regular liaison between Learning Centre staff and our careers adviser who will refer students who are most need of support. Students in the Learning Centre are offered one to one guidance with local providers to help them make applications to relevant courses. In addition we work with the SENCo and student services in Further Education colleges to ensure any transition needs or relevant support is put in place.

Section 5 Strategies with the most able students

We encourage high achieving students to aspire to reach Russell Group Universities by advising them on their options choices, for example the importance of choosing challenging EBACC subjects and achieving the highest grades and by providing access to outstanding post 16 providers such as Runshaw and Winstanley Colleges. For example, each year a group of gifted and talented students in year 9 attend an Oxbridge Bound event at Runshaw College geared to enhance their thinking and learning skills and to increase awareness of what may be needed to apply for Oxbridge in the future. Prior to making applications for post 16 opportunities, students are given a presentation on applying to Russell Group institutions and on university finance. In year 9 students have the opportunity to visit the Higher Education Fair held at Bolton Sixth Form College. Participants are selected based on performance in data entries or genuine aspiration to attend university [Gatsby Benchmark 7]

We invite staff from the University of Bolton, Edge Hill University and Greater Manchester Higher representing all higher education establishments across Greater Manchester to attend our annual post 16 progression evening open to parents and students in years 9-11.

These activities raise aspirations in our students and provide them with experiences they can use in their personal statements.

Section 6 Engaging Parents and Carers

Parents and carers are invited into school for ‘Flightpath Evenings’ in years 9-11 and CEIAG is one of a number of areas covered to raise awareness of post 14 and 16 option choices and the on-line resources we offer to support progression.
Parents receive information about careers related events through the school web site. They can meet local post 16 providers including representatives from colleges, apprenticeship training providers, University Training Colleges [UTCs] and higher education at our annual Year 9 Your Futures Day and the Year 11 Post 16 Progression Evening.

Section 7 Parents Information Section

Student and Parent Careers and Pathways booklet

Student and Parent College Information


KS4 Options page

Section 8 Provider and employer engagement / access.

We are committed to giving providers access to our students and are actively seeking employers and employees who may be able to help us meet Gatsby Standards

We have a clear policy for provider access including the criteria governing such access such as the need for providers to adhere to safeguarding policies and the conditions where access from a provider may be refused.

We hope that all providers having direct contact with our students can supply a valid DBS number/date of DBS certification.

Provider Access Policy Statement

Section 9 School Contacts

Claire Storey our Careers Adviser can be contacted by e-mail cstorey@westhoughton-high.org

Chris Dignam the IAG coordinator can be contacted by e-mail chrisdignam@westhoughton-high.org

We can also be contacted on the school’s phone number 01942 814122.

Section 10 Useful Websites

List of College and Careers WebsitesThese provide information around colleges, universities, apprenticeships and careers platform with a host of activities and videos to explore different careers whilst finding out more about possible career paths based on a students skills and interests.

College Information and Applications  Some Colleges also offer a range of apprenticeships and this information can be found from each college link above.

Virtual Experience Handout