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Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy



Careers Vision (CEIAG)

Careers Education Information and Guidance at OBA (CEIAG)

Ormiston Bolingbroke Academy is committed to providing the best possible Careers Education Information and Guidance (CEIAG) for all students, from Year 7 to Year 13.   We ensure students have access to impartial careers advice and have access to employers who can help them consider their future options.

OBA’s Careers Leader is Assistant Principal, Mrs Oulton, and she can be contacted by email at  or by telephone on 01928 711643, Monday to Friday, if you have any questions related to CEIAG or you wish to access further information about OBA’s Careers Programme. If any external providers would like to contribute to our CEIAG Programme, please contact Mrs Oulton on the email address above.


                                               Mr M.Oakes – Careers Leader

                                                      Assistant Principal


Our qualified Careers Adviser is Siân Woods who can be contacted by email at three days a week.  Siân, who works for MPloy Solutions, holds 1:1 Careers Guidance sessions with students and provides them with expert and impartial advice on the range of opportunities available to them.  This is then followed up with an Individual Action Plan, which will be given to both students and parents/carers, so that further research can be carried out independently on the internet.


                                                                                Mr M.Paulson – Careers Adviser



The dates that Siân is available are displayed on the Careers noticeboard, outside the Careers Hub and on Tutor Group noticeboards.

Appointments with Siân are arranged by Mrs Oulton but, if required, Siân can also be contacted by email.

Our Careers Advisor is also present at relevant key events in OBA. She attends Year 8 Options Evening and Year 10, 11, 12 and 13 Progress Evenings and is also present at GCSE and A Level Results Days to give advice and guidance to both students and their parents regarding grades achieved and next steps.
In addition, she is available after school three nights a week in The Careers Hub, if students would like additional advice or support.


The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks

OBA’s CEIAG programme runs throughout every year group and it is embedded in the Academy’s curriculum. We link our careers education information and guidance to the Gatsby Benchmarks which have been explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statutory Guidance for careers (January 2018). These 8 benchmarks out lined below:

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from career and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance


Meeting the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks

OBA works with Mploy Solutions and a range of other external providers to meet each of these benchmarks:






Even though Year 7 students might think that decisions regarding their future are many years ahead, all students have an introductory assembly about the importance of developing Transferable Employability Skills, even at the age of 11 or 12.  They are involved in a number of Enterprise Projects via or OBA’s very rich ECM programme and Impact Days where they begin to explore the skills employers are looking for and involve themselves in activities to gain experience and develop an understanding of these crucial skills. Students are introduced to the online careers information available to them and begin to learn more about the vast amount of possible career routes both via the curriculum and the weekly newsletter which is available on OBA’s website and is emailed to parents.


The good work introduced by Form Tutors and Subject Teachers in Year 7 is then built on further in Year 8 and students go on to investigate further possible career routes and explore further the skills and qualities required in different occupations. They consider stereotyping and the importance of equal opportunities and a Year 8 Careers Fair is delivered for students and parents to assist in Option Choices.  Students also begin to have an understanding of a range of local businesses; they develop links with them and receive advice and constructive criticism from them following presentations in assemblies.


In Year 9, further understanding and embedding of key employability skills takes place by external providers.  A variety of projects to develop Enterprise Skills take place and exploring post 16 opportunities and CV preparation start to gain a higher profile. Students are introduced in assemblies to employees from local businesses to help them begin their planning for their work experience placement in Year 10.


In Year 10, as well as the ECM programme and Impact days offering students many opportunities to develop the skills learnt in Years 7-9, they begin to prepare for their week’s Work Experience placement. The aim of this valuable week is to give students first-hand experience of the world of work. A huge range of links with business and industry are set up by Mploy Solutions, which is a major provider of Work Experience Placements for schools in the North West of England.  A Work Experience meeting for parents/carers will take place early in the Autumn term and students are fully prepared for their placement through planned careers lessons during ECM time and assemblies.


All Year 11 students have a 1:1 Careers Guidance Session with the Careers Adviser who offers each individual expert and impartial advice about the routes of further study and apprenticeships available to them. A Careers Fair is held for all students and they have the opportunity to speak to various professionals and organisations, in order to help with their post 16 choices. Students are invited to attend workshops and presentations with outside speakers regarding various post 16 routes.  In addition, each student will have at least one 1:1 careers meeting with either the Principal, Vice Principal, an Assistant Principal or a Head of Year.


In Year 12 all students have a 1:1 interview with the Careers Adviser and Form Tutors offered structured support via an on-line programme called Unifrog. All students also begin to keep a ‘Soft Skills Passport’ which will help them build up, develop further and log a range of transferable skills required by both universities and employers.  A number of CEIAG assemblies also develop their thinking as they begin to prepare for a week’s Work Experience, which may link in with the Key Stage 5 curriculum options that they have chosen. A Work Experience meeting for parents/carers will take place early in the Autumn term so that students are fully prepared for their placement and there will be further follow-up and support via tutorials and assemblies.

Alongside this runs a package of support regarding university aspirations and a variety of university and outside speakers attend to offer first hand advice on the best way to pursue and apply for Higher Education courses.

In Year 13, The Sixth Form Team make further recommendations for further 1:1 guidance sessions with the Careers Adviser and students are given the opportunity to have a mock interview with local businesses.  Students following vocational courses in the Sixth Form also develop links with local businesses, with some spending curriculum time in the work place.

Measuring the success of our Careers Programme

OBA measures and assesses the success of its Careers Programme in the following ways:

  • By using the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass Tool.  This is a tool for schools and colleges in England, that quickly and easily helps us to evaluate our careers activity against the Eight Gatsby Benchmarks.  This means that we are constantly comparing what we do against the best national practice.  The tool was built in partnership with the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, to help us to easily discover our strengths and find areas for improvement. Once completed, the tool  provides us with a confidential report and ideas to help you achieve the best for our students in relation to each benchmark.
  • Student voice surveys; in writing and verbally.
  • Parent voice surveys: in writing and verbally
  • Employer voice/ HE voice surveys: in writing and verbally

Date of the next Review of Published Information   -   February 2019

OBA Provider access Policy
A Parents Guide to University

Parent Resources
Apprenticeships - A Guide for Parents

Careers Resources

Higher Degree Vacancies for Apprenticeships
Complete Guide to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships
Careers Handbook 2018-19

The links below will take you to a wide range of careers websites giving you up to date information to help you plan your future.

Career Connect

Local & national careers resources.


Career Connect: Jobs for Tomorrow

Where will the jobs be in Merseyside in the future? Information on 4 Growth Areas – Visitor Economy, Knowledge Economy, Low Carbon Economy & Super Port.


National Careers Service

Careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs & training courses.


National Apprenticeships

Local apprenticeship vacancies and information on apprenticeships


Careers Box

National online careers film and video library. Real people, real jobs



Find out about jobs from people who are working in them. Videos, articles & quizzes.



Explore different career worlds.


Tomorrow’s Engineers

Inspiration, advice and information on the different routes into engineering and the types of jobs on offer.



Career opportunities in Science & Maths.


Go Construct

Information on careers in the Construction industry from graduate jobs to Apprenticeships and everything in between.


Bright Knowledge

Guide to careers, education & student life.



A guide to GCSEs, A levels, apprenticeships & university


Growing ambitions

Career routes & job profiles


NHS careers information

Careers and work experience in the NHS



A wide range of information on universities and how to apply


Which? university guide

what to study, where to go and how to get there


Buzz Quiz

The Buzz personality profile quiz helps you discover more about what makes you tick and what you’re naturally good at.


Not going to uni

Alternatives to university including apprenticeships and other training routes.