Careers and Post 16
Advice and Guidance

Our mission statement is for all students to achieve their personal best. In careers education this translates to every student making the right choices for their progression.

We support 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, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions.

By helping students with decisions at crucial stages, informing them of all their options and introducing them to the world of work, we aim to prepare them for the world of work whichever pathway they choose.

This page contains useful careers information and links to websites that students and parents/carers can use to research career ideas, find out about apprenticeships, local further education and higher education courses and entry requirements. Using the resources below will help students to research and make informed decisions about their post 16 plans.

Parent Letter
Work Experience 2022

Health Declaration

3-way agreement

1-1 Careers Guidance Interviews

Students all have a 1-1 Careers Guidance Interview during school time with either Maria Masters (Independent Registered Careers Adviser) or Jack Keogh (Exeter College Adviser). Disadvantaged and SEND students are provided with at least 2 careers appointments and their applications are supported and prioritised. If you think your son or daughter may find the transition to post 16 more difficult then please contact Faye Small as she can offer additional support.


Jack Keogh – / 01392 400600

Mat Kelly (Careers Lead) – / 01392 204600

Faye Small (Transition coordinator) – / 01392 204600

Careers Information, Advice & Guidance

Aims of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at St Lukes:

  • provide good quality independent careers advice to students which inspires 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;
  • offer provision that is 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 work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others;
  • provide opportunities to inspire students through real-life contact with the world of work;
  • support inclusion, challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity;
  • encourage students to see career development as a life-long process;
    ensure students are aware of the full range of academic and technical routes available at each transition point so that students have the necessary knowledge to make successful transitions;
  • provide opportunities for meaningful encounters with employees, employers, further and higher education and experience of workplaces;
  • support social mobility by improving opportunities for all students, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds and those with special educational needs and disabilities and
  • be weaved and embedded into subjects across the curriculum, including Life to the full lessons.

Our CEIAG policy which includes our Careers Plan sets out how we provide a careers programme which provides our students with the knowledge and inspiration to succeed in their chosen career paths. The plan is based on the CDI Framework for Careers, Enterprise and Employability (2018) and the DfE document “Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools” (January 2018).

Our policy can be found here: CEIAG Policy, and includes the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Our Careers Programme can be found here: St Luke’s School Careers programme

Our CEIAG Policy and Plan is reviewed and updated on an annual basis. The next review will take place in July 2021.

The CEIAG Team

At St Lukes we have a whole school approach to careers with all staff supporting the delivery of CEIAG through the pastoral system and within curriculum areas. In addition, we have a designated CEIAG team who co-ordinate and monitor the delivery of the Careers Plan:

Mr Kelly, Careers Lead –
Mrs Small, Transition coordinator –

Post 16 Pathways and Progression

All young people in England must continue in education or training until 18 years of age. Young people have the following choices at the end of year 11:

  • Full time study at a college, sixth form or training provider
  • Full time work or volunteering combined with part time education of training
  • An apprenticeship

As part of our careers programme, year 11 students are provided with a one to one guidance interview with Maria Masters who is a qualified careers advisor. Parents are welcome to attend these meetings.

Local Colleges & Sixth Forms
Employer Links

To support our delivery of careers, St Lukes has strong partnerships with a wide range of educational institutions, training providers and employers who contribute to our careers programme through:

  • raising aspirations and increasing motivation – helping young people identify educational and occupational goals
  • demonstrating the relevance of the knowledge and skills learnt in subjects to future opportunities in learning and working
  • demonstrating the links between living, learning and earning
  • providing work enrichment opportunities including work experience, workplace visits, guest speakers, curriculum support.
Useful resources for students and parents:

Careerpilot is an online careers learning tool which can be used to explore future career and education options.

  • The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.  You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week).  Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).  Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.
  • CSW group – works extensively with education and training providers across the wider South West area to provide tailored careers education, information, advice and guidance.
  • Next Steps South West – help young people navigate their own personal journey to higher education.
  • icould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.
  • The National Apprenticeship Service website offers guidance on how to apply for an apprenticeship as well as listing current local apprenticeship opportunities.  More information on apprenticeships can be found at
  • CareersBox is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information.
  • UCAS Progress is an online search and application tool for post 16 courses.   This is the preferred method of application for some sixth form providers in Sunderland.
  • Careers Advice for Parents aims to give parents an easy-to-read overview of all the essential facts on finding jobs and apprenticeships or choosing further and higher education courses which could make a real difference to their child’s future career prospects.
  • CASCAID Parents Guide to Careers Guidance
  • Parental Guidance offers advice and information on all aspects of the process of career choice for young people aged 13 to 25.
Measuring the impact of our careers programme

The CEIAG team will meet on a regular basis to develop, monitor and evaluate CEAIG at St Lukes and its effectiveness.

St Lukes progress towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks is evaluated using the online Compass tool (as recommended in Careers guidance and access for education and training providers Jan 2018). This is carried out on a termly basis by the Careers Leader. The CEIAG development plan is based upon the outcomes of the Compass audit and will focus on the areas for development.

Provision will be regularly monitored through feedback from students, staff, governors and our partners. This feedback is collected through questionnaires and focus groups following key careers activities and at the end of each academic year. This is analysed by the Careers Leads with actions fed back to staff via CEIAG team meetings.

External provision is monitored and evaluated including observations, work scrutinies, student, and where appropriate, parental voice. This is analysed by the Careers Leader with actions fed back to staff via CEIAG team meetings.

The effectiveness of our careers guidance will be reflected in the higher numbers of students progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, further education colleges, universities or employment. Destination data (Dfe) is used to assess how successfully students make the transition into the next stage of education or training, or into employment and to inform future CEIAG provision. This is analysed by the Careers Leader with key trends and actions fed back to SLT.