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Samuel Laycock School

Careers Education

Samuel Laycock Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

Introduction section

Welcome to Samuel Laycock Specialist School CEIAG section. We recognise the importance of high quality careers education and guidance in motivating and inspiring young people and helping them to make informed choices about their future pathways and careers. We understand that careers education and guidance is an integral strand of a young person’s education and is crucial in raising aspirations, and helping pupils emerge from school more fully rounded and ready for the world of work. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions. Careers education and guidance is the responsibility of all stakeholders and should involve all staff, students, parents/carers and employers.

Our designated careers team:

  • Mr Cox – Assistant Headteacher and Careers Leader
  • Mrs Peel – Careers Coordinator
  • Mrs Batty – Careers Advisor, Positive Steps. In school every Tuesday. Appointments will be made by school staff for each pupil in year 10 and 11. Feel free to contact me on


For more specific information about CEIAG offer please explore the links below or read our Careers Programme and Careers Policy. If you are a provider of further and higher education or employment and would like to speak with our students please see our Provider Access statement for opportunities to do so or contact Mr An Other on the email address above.


Student and Parents

A brief overview/bullet points of what the offer is for students in each year group

  • Year 7 – PSHE lessons: what your skills are and how to develop other skills; basic exploration of world of work; introduction to post-16 and post 18 options
  • Year 8 –PSHE lesson: further exploring the world of work/LMI; different sectors and jobs in these sectors covering stereotypes and aspirational careers; developing on post 16/18 options and bigger emphasis on apprenticeships
  • Year 9 – PSHE lessons: preparation for option choices linked to helping you make choices and searching for post 16 options (college, apprenticeship, traineeship, etc.)
  • Year 10 – Form time: Using GMACS to build a career plan; continuing your exploration of options
  • Year 11 – Form time: Using GMACS to build career plan and applying for post 16 route[MK1] 

Labour Market Information (LMI) is very important. You can explore more about LMI by clicking on the LMI tab. During your time at Samuel Laycock Specialist School you will have numerous encounters with employers and places of work through subject specific lessons and projects. Your teachers and form teachers will frequently update you with LMI and world of work information in lessons and form time, linking the work you do in school to the outside world.

What you plan to do after school can be explored in the College and Apprenticeship and technical education routes sections. Please do have a look at our useful websites tables that appear throughout the different sections. Here you can explore other sources of information.


Useful websites for students*

Greater Manchester Apprenticeship and Careers Service

Discover your interests and what you could do

Help for making decisions on learning, training and work

Search job profiles

Explore careers and the world of work

Opportunities outside of the traditional university route

Informed University choices

Thinking about University?

*Links to colleges (including open day dates), training providers and apprenticeship websites are available in those sections


Useful websites for parents*

Helpful careers information for  parents and carers

Skills and career assessment tools

Tips for your child’s GCSE options

Explore University with your child (ages 10–14)

Bring your child to work day

16-19 Bursary Fund

Post 16 options and planning ahead

University Open Days

Thinking about University choices

*Links to colleges (including open day dates), training providers and apprenticeship websites are available in those sections

Feedback from Parents

We really value your feedback on our careers programme and careers content on our website. Please contact Mrs Peel directly with your comments by telephone 01613441992.

CEIAG and Staff

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a set of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. The government has directed schools to work towards achieving 100% against the benchmarks by 2020. We have support from an Enterprise Coordinator from Bridge GM at GMCA (Greater Manchester Combined Authority) and an Enterprise Advisor from a local business.

The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are listed below. In order to achieve these and to ensure we have a strategic and sustainable careers programme it is vital that all staff are involved. This includes you as a form teacher and subject teacher.

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance


What can I do to support Careers as a teacher/form teacher?

At School Name we deliver careers through our PSHE lessons and within subject (or state where you deliver your careers programme). Subjects are responsible for delivering curriculum related learning in lessons. Below are some simple ways that you can link your curriculum to careers and you probably already do this!

1. Discuss pathways with your subject, and how it could be taken further at Post 16, degree level or through an apprenticeship, discussing the careers and jobs it could lead to

2. Create a departmental “Careers” display to show routes, and progression in your subject

3. Create a poster to show Courses and Apprenticeships in Your subject

4. Create a display in your room to show why your subject is vital for careers and the world of work 5. Invite a guest speaker from the one of our local colleges or universities to promote and raise aspirations

6. Invite a local Business employee/employer to discuss how they use your subject in the workplace

7. Arrange a visit to a workplace related to your subject area.


Careers education is a team effort and the responsibility of all teaching and pastoral staff. There is a range of resources and examples of curriculum projects available here. You can also speak to the school’s Careers Leader, Enterprise Coordinator and/or Enterprise Adviser for more information and guidance.