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Careers guidance policy

To ensure the smooth running of the academy we have a number of policies that set out the rights and responsibilities of the school community.

These policies are regularly reviewed to ensure they best address the needs of our young people and reflect the best approaches in education nationally and internationally.


Updated: October 2019

CEIAG Programme

Name of CEIAG Lead:    Josie Kielstra




This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.



The aims of the careers program at Jane Austen College is to help students to:

  • understand themselves, their interests, likes and dislikes, what they are good at and how this affects their choices you make;

  • find out about different courses, what qualifications and what opportunities there might be;

  • develop the skills they may need for working life;

  • make realistic, but ambitious, choices about courses and jobs;

  • develop a plan of action for the future;

  • understand the different routes after Year 11 including training, further and higher education, apprenticeships and jobs;

  • be able to make effective applications for jobs, training, apprenticeships, further and higher education;

  • develop interview skills.


Student entitlement

All students in years 8-13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point

  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events

  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses.

Year group


Year 7

  • Assemblies and form time program

Year 8

  • Assemblies and form time program

  • Options subject guidance and taster sessions

  • Options evening for students and parents

Year 9

  • Norfolk Careers and Skills festival

  • Assemblies and form time program

Year 10

  • Assemblies and form time program

  • CV writing and application workshop

  • Work Experience Week

Year 11

  • Links with Sir Isaac Newton Sixth Form guest speaker program for STEM careers

  • Post-16 options evenings offering guidance about post-16 choices, including apprenticeships

  • NEACO Outreach officer meetings

  • ‘Help You Choose’ Assembly and form time activities

Year 12/13

  • Assemblies about personal statements, UCAS, university life, finance, etc

  • Apprenticeship assemblies

  • 1:1 support and group workshops offering post-18 guidance

  • Oxbridge breakfast club

  • Work experience opportunities



Our careers programme relies on the involvement of employers to be relevant and impactful.

Throughout the school year we hold a number of events and workshops for each year group where volunteers from local employers can support our students to get the most out of the programme and set them on a path of maximising their potential in the workplace.

Research from the Education and Employers Taskforce shows that a young person who has four or more meaningful encounters with an employer is 86% less likely to be unemployed or not in education or training and can earn up to 18% more during their career.

Aligning our careers programme to the school curriculum strengthens aspirations and attainment of our students and supports students to take action to achieve their full potential.

Our aim is to provide at least one meaningful encounter with an employer each year.

In order to achieve this we need the continued support of local employers to share their experience and expertise to engage with our students.


How to get involved

Review the table of provision above under Student Entitlement for a summary of key event held in the year which you could get involved with.

Management of provider access requests 

A provider wishing to request access should contact Josie Kielstra, Assistant Principal,
Telephone: 01603 463800; Email:

Our careers programme is monitored regularly through the use of the Compass evaluation system.  This programme enables us to identify gaps in provision and ensure that we quickly rectify any issues so that we can be confident about the programme that we offer our pupils.  We also support and guidance from the New Anglia Enterprise Network and the Norwich Opportunity area to develop strategies to fill the gaps identified in the Compass evaluation system.

As part of our careers program we encourage parental engagement. Here are some useful links that you as parents can look at with your pupils to help your child make their best choices


Useful links

Careers and Employability Guidance Links

University and Higher Education Links



Premises and facilities 

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, as appropriate to the activity. 

The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team. 

Approval and review 

Next review: September 2020