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CEIAG: Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance 

At Moorside High School, we value the importance of careers education and guidance to support our pupils in realising their potential and the routes they can take after their GCSEs. We want to ensure our pupils have the opportunity to explore their career ideas and the pathways available to them, through a variety of interactions and activities both here in school and externally through our network of partners and employers.

We are very proud to have been awarded the Inspiring IAG Gold Award – the quality award for Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance – during an inspection in July 2016. For more information on the Inspiring IAG award, click here

We are also working towards ensuring our Careers Education & Guidance programme at Moorside High School meets all the standards outlined in the recently developed Gatsby benchmarks. For more information about the 8 Gatsby benchmarks, please visit

If you have any further questions or queries regarding CEIAG, please contact a member of the careers team on 0161 921 1045.

Outline of CEIAG Delivery

CEIAG stands for “Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance”. As a school we ensure this is delivered through a variety of different activities which motivate and encourage our pupils. These include:

  • 1:1 careers guidance interviews with the school careers adviser, Simon Farmer
  • Careers tasks and tutorials in registration time
  • Financial Literacy Workshops
  • Mock interview events (Y11)
  • Careers Fairs & Trips
  • College taster days
  • Apprenticeship workshops
  • Guest speakers from the world of work
  • University trips
  • “Have a Go” careers day & “World of Work” 

Our careers team

Simon Farmer

Simon is the school careers adviser, and is responsible for individual 1:1 careers guidance for pupils.

“I am a fully qualified careers adviser, with over ten years of experience supporting young people in Salford. I can provide dedicated impartial 1:1 careers guidance to pupils from Years 7-11 and information on various routes after Y11 including colleges & sixth forms, apprenticeships and jobs and universities. All pupils in Year 11 will receive a 1:1 meeting with me to discuss their options and will have support with applications to sixth form/colleges and apprenticeships. I also support Year 8 pupils with their option choices as requested.

To arrange a careers meeting, pupils should see me directly in school or request a meeting through their form teachers, head of year, or Miss Lea (Careers Leader). All pupils from Y7-Y13 are welcome to request careers interviews with me, but please note that Y11 will receive priority due to them being a transitional year group

Parents and careers are welcome to accompany their son/daughter at a careers meeting with me at a time of mutual convenience.


I am usually available in school on Thursdays and Fridays. I am mainly based in the Learning Resource Centre (LRC / Library).

Please contact me on the details below:


Telephone: 0161 921 1045

Careers Leader – Angela Lea, Assistant Head Teacher

Miss Lea is our designated lead on CEAIG at Moorside High and will be supporting the careers activities and events which take place throughout the academic year for all year groups


Miss Lea can be contacted:


Telephone: 0161 921 1045

Provider Access Statement


We recognise the value and importance of external influences on assisting our pupils to make realistic and informed choices on their careers and future plans leaving school. We are very keen to build links with our partners in Post-16 education, employment and training. As well as our internal careers programme and school careers adviser, we welcome the significant experience, skills and knowledge that our network of local colleges, employers, universities and training providers can bring to CEIAG at Moorside High School.

Opportunities for access 

There are a variety of opportunities for external partners to support our CEIAG programme at school including:

* Careers assemblies & talks

* Careers Workshops

* Mock Interviews

* Work Experience & Volunteering

* Careers Fairs

* Mentoring

* Off-site visits

Above are all examples of careers led activities we have had in school, but we are always open to develop any opportunities to inspire and encourage our pupils. 

Any external partners such as employers, colleges, universities or training providers that are interested in supporting our pupils through our CEIAG programme should make this request through our Careers Leader Miss Angela Lea by email:

Visitors to school working with our pupils for careers related activities – individual or groups - will be expected to follow our procedures for safeguarding, as outlined in our school safeguarding & child protection policy. For any career activities taking place in school, we will do our best to accodomate requests regarding rooming and facilities such as ICT and technology as required. 

We also welcome any literature regarding courses, activities or opportunities – such as leaflets, prospectuses, posters – which can be made available to our pupils via our careers adviser and the careers area in our LRC, accessible to all pupils. Literature can be delivered to our main school reception to the attention of Simon Farmer, Careers Adviser, or can be emailed to

RPA (Raising the Participation Age)

Government legislation now requires all Year 11 school leavers to be engaged in further education OR training until the age of 18. For most school leavers this would mean:

* Attending a full-time course at a Further Education College or Sixth Form College

* Undertaking an apprenticeship (employment with accredited training)

* Full-time accredited training course (e.g. traineeship / pre-apprenticeship programme)

* Employment or voluntary work WITH part-time study

As a school, we are fully supportive of encouraging all our school leavers to continue to access further education or training on completion of their GCSEs, working with our partners in the local authority and the local careers service, Connexions Salford (Career Connect).

For more information on RPA, please see the link on the Salford Council webpage:

 School Leaver Destinations

The table below outlines our most recent destination figures for our previous Y11 cohort (2017 leavers).

Moorside High School 2017 Data % of School Cohort
Meeting Duty to Participate
* Apprenticeship 15 8.5%
* College of FE 123 69.5%
* Employed with Accredited Training 2 1.1%
* School Sixth Form 6 3.4%
* Sixth Form College 19 10.7%
* Training 3 1.7%
Not Meeting Duty to Participate
* Employed No Training 3 1.7%
* NEET Not Participating 5 2.8%
* No Address 0 0.0%
*Destination Not Known 0 0.0%
Temporary Break From Learning 0 0.0%
Working Towards Participation 1 0.6%


This data is collated in partnership with Career Connect, on behalf of Salford City Council, showing destination figures as at 01/11/2017. Any school leavers “not meeting duty to participate” will continue to receive careers advice & guidance support from the Salford Connexions team within Career Connect 

Useful CEIAG Websites

These are some of the websites the careers team have used in school or suggested to pupils to look at. Of course there are many others too! These may be a good starting point for pupils researching their career options, both in and out of school.

General Careers websites

Colleges and Sixth Forms

After Moorside High School, our Y11s have progressed onto a range of qualifications including A-level studies and Vocational courses. Previous destinations for our pupils have included:

Please view the website for further information on either college, or speak to Simon in school for more advice. Open evenings take place at colleges throughout the year, starting in September/October time, for Year 11 pupils (or younger!) to research their options.

For more general information about colleges options try…. 

Apprenticeships & Traineeships

For pupils hoping to enter the world of work immediately after GCSEs, apprenticeships are a fantastic way to get work experience AND qualifications, whilst earning a wage. Further information is below: - Interested in an apprenticeship after GCSEs or Sixth Form? This website is a great starting point. - Search and apply for local vacancies on the National Apprenticeship Website (Pupils in Y11 or above looking for an apprenticeship can get support from Simon, please ask for further help) - Further information and advice on apprenticeships - NOT keen on University?? This website is great for researching alternative options (including HIGHER apprenticeships) Not quite ready for a full apprenticeship, or struggling to secure one? A traineeship is ideal for gaining work experience, skills and confidence!


Pupils who achieve good GCSE results and progress onto advanced studies could be considering university to obtain a degree. Some careers (for example medicine, dentistry, veterinary science etc) will demand university studies. Further research is available below: – Thinking about going on to University? UCAS is the main way of applying to university by completing an online application – however the website is a great way of researching ANY UK degree course and find out about entry requirements etc. - Not sure which university to go to or what to study? This website has some great tips. - start comparing and contrasting universities based on your subjects and expected grades. - includes regional and national rankings and comparisons of UK universities

CEAIG Useful Documents

Pathway Booklet - Download

Apprenticeship information for parents - Download

Greater Manchester Growth Sectors - Download

Open Evenings

  • Click here to view the list of Open Evenings for 2017/2018