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Sidestrand Hall School is committed to providing all students with high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) regarding next step education and career plans.

We support our students in making well-informed decisions by providing access to differentiated impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, and apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions.

Our careers programme aims to:
  • provide good quality independent careers advice to students which inspires students and motivates them to fulfil their potential;
  • provide personal advice and guidance which is in the best interests of, and meets the needs of, all students;
  • be based on the Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance;
  • contribute to the raising of student achievement by encouraging students to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers;
  • provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with further education and the world of work;
  • support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
  • provide opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces;
Students will receive:
  • Careers-related lessons and activities which are both discrete and embedded within the curriculum. All subjects will incorporate transferable skills links to the world of work.
  • Access to careers and labour market information resources via a range of media and delivery channels
  • • One-to-one ‘Next Steps’ interviews providing individual rationalised support.
  • Support for decision making and deciding Post-16 options such as further education, apprenticeships or training.
  • A range of opportunities to meet further education and training providers and employers to understand the full range of Post-16 pathways including apprenticeships, traineeships and further education.


We are very keen to ensure that we deliver the best possible programme for our students and ensure that we evaluate our practice. In order to do this, we meet regularly to plan events and update resources as appropriate. The Careers programme is assessed regularly against the Gatsby Benchmarks through the Compass evaluation process.

Our CEIAG programme is structured around the guidance given by the Gatsby Benchmarks.  This constitutes a framework of 8 Benchmarks (Guidelines) that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.