Careers Information

Careers Information

Careers Information, Advice and Guidance

Through the Careers programme and PSHEE at Stanley High school we aim to offer students the opportunity to become successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve.

To be confident individuals who are able to live healthy and fulfilling lives as responsible citizens.

Careers Education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) is more than providing information about progression routes, it is a means for “preparing students for a more effective participation in life” (ASCL, Position Paper – CEIAG).

Schools should provide “timely information, advice and guidance provide pupils with a good understanding of the full range of options available to assist them to make informed decisions about their next steps in education, training or employment; they must take into account the destination of pupils when they leave school and consider how well they have been prepared for their next steps”. (Ofsted. 2014)

Options for students after leaving school have become increasing varied and complex. Labour Market Information changes so fast it is vital that young people have the opportunity to explore their strengths, ideas and ambitions and to understand how what they do in school can lead to a successful transition.

At Stanley we aim to support our students by employing an impartial, independent and fully qualified Careers Advisor from Career Connect (Career Connect is a social enterprise with an outstanding reputation for delivering high quality Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance services to Schools, Colleges and Academies).

Our Careers Advisor is Elaine Meredith

elaine-meredithElaine is a professionally qualified (BA, Level 6 Diploma Careers Guidance, QCG, NVQ4 in Advice and Guidance) experienced Careers Advisor, well established in the school having been the Careers Advisor at Stanley High school since 2007. Elaine’s aim is to help and support pupils to be independent careers researchers; to encourage students to develop the skills and knowledge they need to successfully navigate their own career path.

Elaine offers 1:1 Careers Interviews with year 11 which take place from September to April.

In June of year 10 students complete a questionnaire, followed by, (in year 11) an initial 30 minute guidance interview. This is an opportunity to ensure students have realistic expectations based on their target grades, at the same time promoting individual aspiration and enhanced motivation, discuss pros and cons of different institutions and courses, allay any fears, address any misinformation they may have, look at entry requirements for college/university/apprenticeships. Where appropriate, students are sent relevant careers opportunities and links to websites that can assist in developing their plans. If deemed appropriate, students receive a review interview to check their progress and receive support with college or apprenticeship applications.

In year 10 Elaine offers introductory 1:1 careers interviews which take place from April to June.

In year 9 Students can access support from Elaine who is available to support students to make appropriate subject choices.

Elaine provides information advice and guidance to help all our students take those important first steps in making the most of their career, for example:

  • Employment
  • Moving on to Higher Education
  • Making decisions
  • Labour market opportunities
  • CV support and interview technique
  • Information on financial support and bursaries
  • Volunteering
  • Pathways and progression
  • Career planning Psychometric Assessments
  • HE Finance Advice
  • Apprenticeships

Elaine is available for careers interviews in the school on
Friday’s 9:00am – 3:00pm.
Alternate Thursdays 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Elaine also attends at parent’s evenings and options evening to offer advice and offers a lunchtime drop in service on Fridays.

For an appointment either:

  • For Year 11 – Speak to Mrs Rae;
  • Contact main reception;
  • Speak to your Form Tutor;
  • Speak to Mrs Fraser-Orr, Ms Kent and any of the Learning Support team.

You can contact Elaine on:

  • Telephone: 07837464087 / 0151 243 1800
  • email:
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