Careers and Work-Related Learning at Stanley High School


All our students have the right to access free and impartial Careers Information, Education and Guidance (CIEAG) as well as the opportunity to gain experience of the world of work. This entitlement is delivered through discreet Careers lessons as part of our Personal Development curriculum throughout their time at Stanley High. The Careers Information, Education and Guidance we provide for our students is further enhanced in subject lessons through work-related learning and a dedicated Careers advisor who undertakes individual guidance interviews with students at Key Stage 4.

The Gatsby Benchmarks set out a framework for schools to deliver “good career guidance”. Stanley High uses the Gatsby benchmarks to drive our CIEAG provision and we have adopted the Careers Development Institute (CDI) Framework to structure the delivery of our careers programme.  We welcome training providers/employers/colleges and Universities into our school for assemblies, careers events and training activities. If you would be interested in supporting us with this please contact Mr Wright at [email protected]

The school has an ongoing commitment to CIEAG development.  The careers framework below highlights the planned career activities for the pupils of Stanley High School for 2022-23.  The CEIAG programme is delivered in distinct blocks as part of the Personal Development programme and as an ongoing commitment from all staff to embed careers across the curriculum with time-appropriate employer engagement activities in lessons and as stand-alone events.  The link below shows the PD programme for the year 2022-23.

Key Stage 4

Work Related Learning sessions continue at GCSE with lessons that are designed to deliver quality education and guidance to students and to prepare them the world of work. Topics covered include the construction of CVs, personal statements, letters of application and interview skills.

Form Tutors

For many, the first point of contact will be the student’s form tutor who can refer them to a member of the CIAG team . Form tutors deliver CIAG and work-related learning activities in form time and in Personal Development lessons.

Subject Teachers

We are working as a school to embedded work related learning activities into the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 across all subjects.


As a parent or carer, you have a leading role when your child is making decisions about their career. Talking to your child about careers is important. Not only when they are making big decisions, such as subject choices and what to do when they leave school, but also throughout their school lives and beyond. It is important to be prepared and feel confident when they come to you for advice. Below is lots of useful information and links to websites to support you in assisting your child with their future career choices. Your son/daughter can complete Barclays life skills lessons at home which will give them access to work experience opportunities at Barclays, and learn essential life skills and careers related learning.  Kudos our online careers tool can be accessed from home and your child should be encouraged to invest time in using it and exploring careers and educational opportunities.

Win that Job Parents Guide

National Careers Week have developed an outstanding resource to support parents in ‘steering’ their son/daughter towards the correct job/career. Follow this link for more information regarding how to obtain a copy of National Careers Week’s free 12 page ‘A Guide for Parents: Steering your teenager toward a job and career’. Click here.

Local Labour Market Report – January 2021


Download the document below for a parents’ guide to careers guidance.

Cascaid: A Parents’ Guide to Careers Guidance

My World of Work

Follow this link to the My World of Work website. This website allows you to support your child with building a career options profile.

My World of Work Parent Guide

Moving On Magazine

Follow this link to Moving On Magazine. This is an online platform with information and advice relating to young people and careers.

Moving On Magazine

Careers Writers Association

This website includes really useful careers advice and guidance from the Careers Writers Association

Careers Writers Association: Guidance for Parents

Information from the National Careers Service

Follow the link below for parental guidance from the National Careers Service.

National Careers Service: What Parents/ Carers Need to Know

The Guardian University League Tables Interactive Tool

Follow the link below to use The Guardian’s interactive university league table guide.

The Guardian University League Tables Tool

CV Writing

Advice and guidance on supporting your son/daughter with writing a CV/cover letter can be found below.

Example CVs (Target Jobs)
How to write a CV (Prospects)
How to write a CV (Reed)

Interview Techniques and Tips

Advice and guidance on supporting your son/daughter with their interview techniques can be found below.

Interview Advice (National Careers Service)
Interview Techniques (Target Jobs)
Interview Techniques (Reed)
Interview Tips (Prospects)

What are the options for Post-16 Education?

There are a range of options available for continuing to study, Post 16. Your son/daughter will need to apply for either A Levels, or a Level 3 course of study. Most post-16 education establishments will require them to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Band 4 (some courses of study will have further requirements).

What do the different levels of study mean?

Confused about study options and levels?

Level 1 – GCSEs at grade D and below/band 4 and below
Level 2 – 5 or more GCSEs at grade C and above/band 5 and above
Level 3 – A Levels, AS Levels, BTEC Level 3

For more information of the full range of qualifications and their levels visit the National Careers Service.

Choosing what to study

This takes careful consideration and research. Your son/daughter will need to consider the subjects they are strong in, that keep their interest and that they enjoy. There is more information about subject related careers on the Our Curriculum section of the school website.

There are plenty of sources of help available for their research:

Post-16 Schools and Colleges

There are a number of local schools and colleges which will offer a wide range of courses and provisions such as A Levels, Apprenticeships and work-related (vocational) studies. Your son/daughter can find prospectuses for many of the schools/colleges online. They can look at their websites for further details on what they offer, and for details of their open days and application process. Some of these can be found below.

Traineeships and Apprenticeships

A Traineeship is an introduction-level programme that combines a work placement with training, it helps to prepare young people for the world of work and supports them with English and Mathematics if required.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher/Degree levels, and are available in a wide range of employment sectors. The length of time that it takes to complete is dependent on the level and occupation. All Apprenticeships are real jobs so young people on the programme can earn a salary.

All Apprenticeship opportunities must be advertised on the National Apprenticeships Website. Your son/daughter must be registered on this site to apply. They are allowed to start an Apprenticeship once they have reached the compulsory education leaving date, after the last Friday in June.

More information about Apprenticeships can be found using the links below.

What is an Apprenticeship?
National Apprenticeships Website 
The Apprenticeship Guide
Interserve Learning and Employment

What are the Post Year 13 Further Education options?


Many students will consider University as a natural progression from their level 3 studies. The following websites are an excellent source of information.

Higher/Degree Apprenticeship

An alternative to University, these Higher Level Apprenticeships are advertised on the National Apprenticeships Website.

CEIAG/WRL Information – Updated by E Wright  (December 2022)