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 Inspiring IAG Gold award           


Inspiring IAG Gold award           

We are pleased to announce that we are working towards the Inspiring IAG Gold award for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance.

Working towards, and gaining, The Careers in Quality Standard enables our school to gain recognition for our careers provision and good practice. The framework we follow ensures we are meeting national guidance and legislation. It raises the profile of Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) and supports its continuous improvement. This improved service offered to our learners provides students with the knowledge and confidence to realise their ambitions and make better informed decisions and plans for their post 16 pathways.

Please click here to see the award Code of Practice 


Click on the links below to access a range of useful post 16 planning resources for both parents and pupils.


Should you need further Advice & Guidance please contact the following members of staff during school hours:


Mrs L Halliwell – Careers Leader – 01204 572941 ext 348 or email to halliwelll@harpergreen.net


Mrs K Garner – Connexions Careers Advisor – Thursday & Friday - 01204 572941 ext 339 or email to kathryn.garner@bolton.gov.uk













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 Parent & Pupil CE/IAG Information Booklet




Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) programme at Harper Green School



At Harper Green School we are committed to helping each student, irrespective of ability, to achieve their full potential.  Through a structured and stable programme we seek to provide our students with the advice and guidance they need to help them develop the knowledge and skills needed to make informed and successful choices which will reward them in their future endeavors and the world of work.

We have developed the programme using the Gatsby Foundation’s Benchmarks and the guidelines as outlined in the DfE “Careers guidance and access for education and training providers” document, Jan 2018. We aim to bring out the best in everyone, operating across the curriculum and through specific careers-focused activities, to offer a broad and balanced exposure to post-16 progression routes and pathways. We firmly believe that every child should leave school prepared for life and our high quality, independent careers guidance is crucial in ensuring our students make good, well thought out plans for their post 16 pathways.

As a school we will develop and inform our students by:

  • encouraging the development of self-awareness and independent thinking;
  • helping them to understand the decision-making process;
  • equipping them with information on current opportunities;
  • providing appropriate resource materials for research and evaluation;
  • offering support from our experienced and knowledgeable guidance team;
  • promoting a culture in which the pupils set for themselves ambitious goals, which will advance their interests and passions.
  • providing a wealth of inspirational IAG experiences which will inform, motivate and encourage our students to aim high and fulfil their personal aspirations.




The Senior Leadership Team and associated key staff are highly committed to CE/IAG and this is demonstrated in the resources available and the IAG opportunities offered across the school, to students and parents/carers, throughout the year. The resulting stable and structured careers programme has the explicit backing of the senior management team and prepares our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. Benchmark 1




Throughout the year

  • Year 7- 11 calendared informative and aspirational assemblies delivered by external speakers from local colleges, training providers, STEM advocates, UTC’s, Apprenticeship providers, Aim Higher and local employers. Benchmarks 2,3,4,5,7
  • Access to an independent careers advisor in years 7-11. Benchmarks 3,8
  • Identifying and supporting the post 16 needs of SEN students by way of early careers interviews with our Connexions advisors and working with the SENCo and pupil services in FE establishments ensuring any extended transition needs are met and the correct support is in place. Benchmarks 3,8
  • Working with the Greater Manchester Higher Network in particular the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP), which has been established to address barriers within progression to Higher Education. Benchmarks 3,7,8
  • Curriculum subject led visits to local employers to inspire and inform pupils and establish stronger links with the business community. Benchmarks 4,5,6
  • One to one Careers guidance interview for all our year 11 students with our Connexions advisor to discuss the many and varied options available post 16 and to support students in their decision making processes ensuring they are provided with up to date and relevant information. Benchmarks 2,3,8
  • IAG monthly bulletin sent to all year 11 students reminding them of any IAG activities taking place in school that month and also any upcoming post 16 open evenings and application deadlines.
  • Informative and inspirational displays throughout the school including aspirational past pupil case studies and relevant finance and labour market information. Alumnae are invited and encouraged to submit their post 16 experiences and achievements for inclusion in the schools newspaper and website and as case study posters displayed around school. Benchmarks 2,3,4,7
  • Substantial and up to date CE/IAG section of our schools website with links to careers information, online resources and links to documents produced by the school to assist our students in their post 16 choices. Benchmarks 1,2
  • Subject specific career presentations in years 7-11 delivered by employers/post 16 providers particularly focusing on STEM subjects. Benchmarks 2,4,5,7
  • An external presentation and displays in school promoting the National Citizen Service.
  • A programme of lunch-time advice & application drop in sessions from a range of post-16 representatives to include FE, HE, 6thform colleges, local employers, and technical & apprenticeship providers. Benchmarks 2,3,7,8


  • Work Experience De-Brief – Work experience employers working with year 10 students discussing employability skills and what students have learnt from their time on placement. Benchmarks 2,3,5 & 6
  • IAG evening attended by 30+ local HE, FE, training providers, Apprenticeship ambassadors, UTC’s, local employers, armed service representatives and careers advisors for all year 10 & 11 students and parents/carers. Benchmarks 2,3,5,7,8
  • All year 10 & 11 parents receive a detailed and informative IAG booklet which details all of the activities and events we provide in terms of post 16 preparation and includes useful information regarding apprenticeships, traineeships, available financial support, CV’s, interviews and provides website information relating to post 16 opportunities. This is also available on the schools website. Benchmarks 2,3,8
  • Year 10 & 11 pupils receive an Apprenticeship information booklet giving details of the different types of apprenticeships available, qualifications needed and gained, case studies and an example CV and cover letter alongside an apprenticeship overview assembly delivered by Connexions. This is also available on the school website. Benchmarks 3,8
  • CV and personal statement sessions during from time in year 11. Benchmark 1


  • Professional Interview day for all our year 11 students. Interviewers are made up of representatives from HE/FE establishments, the armed forces, training providers, local employers and alumnae. Benchmarks 2,5,7
  • Extended transition sessions for identified year 11 students which includes personalised taster visits to local colleges and training providers and in school sessions with representatives from post 16 providers. Benchmarks 3,7,8
  • Year 8 Options evening attended by our independent careers advisor. Benchmarks 3,4,8
  • Year 9 Careers Day at a local college. This day allows students to sample several different courses, making the link with the career pathways they can lead onto and allows them to experience a typical college day. Benchmarks 2,4,7


  • Year 7 PSHE Scheme of work in HT6 focusing on decision making and self-awareness and exploring career options and employability skills. Benchmarks 1,2,3,4,8
  • Year 8 PSHE Scheme of work in HT6 focusing on CEIAG and preparation for option choices. Benchmarks 1,2,3,4,8
  • One week of Work Experience in year 10. Benchmarks 2,5,6
  • All years Careers Week – details below


HT6 – Careers week – All years









Week 4

Employer Assembly –Year 10

Benchmarks 1,2,3 & 5


Employability Skills in form time

Benchmarks 1,2,3


Careers Focus in curriculum subjects

Benchmarks 1,3, 4



Work Ex preparation, employability skills and LMI sessions with employers - Year 10 Students

Benchmarks 2,3,5


Women in STEM assembly  - 9&10

Benchmarks 1,2,3 & 5


Employability Skills in form time

Benchmarks 1,2,3


Careers Focus in curriculum subjects

Benchmarks 1,3, 4


Year 10 Post 16 Taster Day – Students will spend the day visiting and sampling courses at a FE provider. These include, but are not limited to, FE colleges, sixth form colleges, apprenticeship providers and technical colleges. Benchmarks 3,7


Employer Assembly – Year 9

Benchmarks 1,2,3 & 5


LMI info in form time all years

Benchmarks 1,2,3


Careers Focus in curriculum subjects

Benchmarks 1,3, 4



Work Shadow Day  - Years 7, 8 & 9 students to spend 1 day in a workplace gaining practical knowledge and experience of the world of work

Benchmarks 2,5,6 & 7

Have a Go Day - Years 7, 8 & 9 - Students participating in practical sessions with local employers and FE providers, Q&A time and gathering LMI and pathways information. Benchmarks 2,4,5,7


Employer Assembly

- Year 8

Benchmarks 1,2,3 & 5


Pathways info in form time all years

Benchmarks 1,2,3


Careers Focus in curriculum subjects

Benchmarks 1,3, 4



Year 10 Post 16 Taster Day - Students will spend the day visiting and sampling courses at a FE provider. These include, but are not limited to, FE colleges, sixth form colleges, apprenticeship providers and technical colleges. Benchmarks 3,7


Employer Assembly – Year 7

Benchmarks 1,2,3 & 5


Future Me session in form time all years

Benchmarks 1,2,3


Careers Focus in curriculum subjects

Benchmarks 1,3, 4





We are committed to promoting equal opportunities and encourage our students to challenge stereotypes, support them in overcoming any barriers and equip them with the skills and knowledge to ensure they achieve their full potential.


A provider wishing to request access should contact L Halliwell, CEIAG Leader on 01204 572941 ext 348 or email to halliwellll@harpergreen.net

The above IAG opportunities offer providers scope to come into school to speak to pupils and/or parents/carers. If your request can be accommodated by school, for example, there is adequate time within the school day for it to be reasonably run alongside any planned or timetabled activities that are already running, we will offer all possible assistance in granting you appropriate access. Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you. The school will make appropriate facilities available- rooms, AV, IT etc - dependent on the activity. This must be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit. Providers are welcome to leave relevant literature for use in the Connexions library or Careers section of school’s Learning Resource Centre.


Our programme is reviewed and evaluated throughout the year to ensure that we reflect any DfE Statutory changes and to ensure that we continue to deliver a broad and balanced careers programme. Evaluations from students, staff, providers and parents enables us to measure and assess the impact of the CEIAG provision. We also use destination measures data to assess how successfully students make the transition to post 16 education or employment. This ongoing reviewing and evaluating contributes to any changes we may make to the careers programme to ensure the needs of our students are met.


UCAS Progress 2018-19








UCAS Progress is an online prospectus identifying a wide range of post 16 learning providers.  It enables students to gain instant access to information about the range of courses and opportunities available for students to continue onto further education at College or Sixth Form, as well as access to apprenticeships and other training opportunities.

Students at Harper Green School can use UCAS Progress to submit their Post 16 applications.

Tutor Time preparations: During ‘tutor time’ students will complete their personal UCAS PROFILE (personal information, contact details and work history).  Their UCAS Profile must be completed before an application can be made.  They will be given additional support to complete the QUALIFICATIONS section and their PERSONAL STATEMENT.  Applications can be made from 1st October 2018. 


UCAS Applications: Once the profile is complete students can start to submit applications.  They will need to have selected and saved the courses they wish to apply for into their FAVOURITES.

Students must seek advice BEFORE submitting their applications. Support is available from the Connexions PA in CR1, Mrs Halliwell in the Careers Hub(TS block) or the Year 11 Team.

Work Experience 2019







Work Experience for Year 10’s will take place the week commencing 8th July 2019(Band H) and the week commencing 15th July 2019 (Bands G & S). 


All students have now received a Work Experience Pack including;


  • Letter to Parents
  • Information booklets for Parents & Students
  • Work Experience Placement Form


All year 10 students have an extra Work Experience launch assembly on Friday 21st September 2018.


Our Work Experience partners, Tailored Education, will be present at the Year 10 & 11 combined Careers Evening on Thursday 27th September to discuss finding placements with parents and pupils.

If students need any support at any point throughout the work experience process they can contact Mrs Halliwell in the Careers Hub(TS block).

Copies of all the documentation relating to Work Experience can be viewed by clicking on the links above.