Careers Education Independent Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

At the Iffley Academy CEIAG is viewed as an essential part of whole school curriculum offer and not just for school leavers. It plays an important part in motivating our students to maximise achievement while at school, and to develop independence skills and skills for life.

We aim to ensure high quality vocational and careers education for young people with special educational needs, to be delivered in a meaningful and appropriate way for their needs and circumstances. This involves providing a balance between different elements of their learning, such as class-based, work experience or enterprise activities.

Through a range of experiences, our students view careers as being something for everyone; challenging stereotypes and understanding work in its broadest context: full time, part time, supported, voluntary, etc.

This year we will be further adopting The Gatsby Benchmarks, which signpost eight benchmarks of good careers guidance, developed by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation.
Please see for further information.

The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks include:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from Career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal Guidance

Rapid changes in the world of work both now and in the future make it essential for our learners to take an active role in their career education from an earlier stage. Using the Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) of each student we establish both parent/carer and student career aspirations to:

  • develop a long term outcome
  • gain a better understanding of themselves and the world of work
  • make further developments in their employability skills
  • have plans to manage change and transition to the next stage

Our careers programme starts at the point of entry for all our students.

Careers education and Work Related Learning in Tate Modern and Louvre galleries

These students in years 7 – 10 will be supported to consider their own personal development to help them to prepare for the world of work. We focus on developing transferable career skills beyond the classroom:

  • communication and interpersonal skills
  • problem-solving skills, using initiative
  • being self-motivated (goal setting, monitoring, persisting)
  • organisational skills, including reliability
  • team working and cooperative skills
  • the ability to learn and adapt
  • the ability to value diversity and difference
  • the confidence to learn and take risks

Further examples of careers and work related experiences include:

  • EHCP meetings: working together with students and families to identify aspirations and goals for the future
  • Experience of careers-related assemblies
  • World of Work schemes of work
  • Off-site visits and enrichment days where students are encouraged to ‘have a go’ and take risks, knowing that their ideas will be respected and efforts valued
  • Social communication lessons
  • Independent living skills sessions, including opportunities for travel, making healthy meals, shopping, etc.
  • Enterprise challenge opportunities

Careers education and Work Related Learning in Guggenheim Gallery

These students in years 9 – 11 require:
a) highly individualised programmes personalised to learning goals (EHCP)
b) additional support in forming appropriate friendship
c) regular opportunities for the acquisition of independence and life skills (include out of school learning)

Students are encouraged to think about the type of work area they are interested in pursuing, in addition to working towards a range of Work Related Learning and Skills for Life accreditation.

From year 11 onwards, students will also begin to prepare their own personal C.V. to take with them into the 6th form or next education or training placement.

Currently Guggenheim students study ASDAN’s Personal and Social Development programme which offers two career-related modules: ‘The World of Work’ and ‘Managing Money’. In addition, students have access to a range of BTEC vocational and academic subjects with practical tasks linked to real life scenarios, including a work situation. This helps the students to relate their academic work to a future career.

This year Guggenheim students will have greater opportunities to access work experience placements in line with the Gatsby Benchmark, ‘Experiences of Workplaces’. Students who are ready for a work experience opportunity, will take part in a week-long placement, giving the learners a deeper insight into the world of work.

For further information please see Guggenheim’s home page:

Careers education and Work Related Learning in Museum of Contemporary Arts (MCA) Gallery

These students are based in the 6th Form at The Iffley Academy and follow individual timetables linked to their learning needs and aspirations.

Work experience is an important part of the 6th form provision as it provides students with real life opportunities within the world of work. BTEC pathway students have the opportunity to complete their work experience on a Friday and are based on student interest and ability. The NOCN and ASDAN pathway students access work experience through their NOCN Employability Skills course, which is completed on a Friday. Students can also choose to complete a BTEC Workskills qualification, gaining Entry Level 3 or Level 1 accreditation.

A highlight of careers education in the 6th form is the Job Interview Day, where local businesses are invited in to conduct interviews with each student. This offers the students an opportunity to prepare for and take part in, a real life workplace scenario.

We have links with OXLEP (Oxfordshire Learning and Employment Partnership), which helps to organise our ‘human library’ where a number of professionals visit the school. Students have the opportunity to ask enquiring questions about their work. This helps the students understand the diverse career opportunities and enables them to find out about all aspects of a particular.

Students also take part in various enterprise activities that support the following career skills:

  • Organising thinking
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Managing a budget
  • Team working and cooperative skills
  • Presentational skills
  • Undertaking a range of different roles and responsibilities

For further information please see MCA’s home page:

Independent Advice and Guidance

To ensure that students receive independent and impartial advice beyond that offered by school, a range of supplementary activities is offered including:

  • Employer visits to the school
  • Visits to careers fairs/days
  • Curriculum industry links
  • Research into online information about careers education
  • Sharing of information from Local authority and other external sources
  • Vocation-themed assemblies
  • Visits from colleges, training organisations and other providers
  • Individual support from careers advisor as needed

Our Careers Education is reviewed annually with the most recent review taking place in October 2019.  This review was conducted by our Careers Leader in conjunction with external advisors looking specifically at the progress towards the gatsby benchmark.

The Iffley Academy’s Careers Leader is Debbie Nicholas, Lead Practitioner for SEND. She can be contacted on 01865 747606 or by email:

Additional information:

The Iffley Academy Provider Access Policy and annual calendar of events:

The Iffley Academy Careers Education Independent Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) policy

Useful Career Websites

Further Education

Abingdon and Witney College
Oxford City college
The Iffley Academy 6th form
Banbury and Bicester College
Ruskin Mill

Destination Data

Year 11
Year 13