Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Offer

The careers education, information, advice & guidance programme enables our students to make a successful transition into their chosen pathway.

Here at Lightcliffe Academy it is important that all students are fully supported and guided through the process of planning their futures. We focus on enriching each student through our ethos and values “in partnership to educate nurture and empower.

Our Careers Advisor, through C and K careers, implements an aspirational careers education, information, advice and guidance programme to all students from Years 7 -11 this enables our students to be well prepared for their futures.

The service offered by C&K Careers continues at college and beyond as we offer lifelong careers advice for young people and adults through our centres in Huddersfield, Halifax and Dewsbury and other provision in the community.

Careers education is delivered through Ambition Weeks, PSHCE, and additionally through one off special events., University and employer visits, trips, assemblies.

My name is Catherine Frost and I am the Careers Adviser employed by C&K Careers  working in Lightcliffe Academy. I work with students in all year groups providing career-related, impartial information, advice and guidance. I can help students to think about career plans, subject choices, options after Year 11/Year 13 and also signpost students to support services. I am available in school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Wednesdays and I'm based in the Careers Room (C2 11). My email address is

Gatsby Benchmarks

As part of the careers strategy the Gatsby benchmarks enables our academy to ensure all students receive a high quality programme of careers.

  1. A Stable Careers programme: Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers
  2. Learning from career and labour market information: Every student and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make use of the best information
  3. Addressing the needs of each student: Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers: All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees: Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
  6. Experience of workplaces: Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education: All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in school, colleges universities and in the workplace.
  8. Personal Guidance: Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

All students will work towards the above Gatsby benchmarks framework which enables them to:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their abilities and affinities
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the range of opportunities open to them
  • Take part in work related activities in and out of the academy
  • Understand the Labour Market and the requirements and expectations of employers
  • Learn to make decisions wisely about their future
  • Be fully prepared to manage change and be fully supported through key transition periods
  • Learn how to improve their own employability: how to find work, how to get work and how to progress their careers

Our careers programme is measured and evaluated in a number of ways. We evaluate students’ knowledge and awareness through paper and online feedback. This is usually done before and after a workshop. The careers programme as a whole is evaluated through C and K careers Service, we utilise the compass tool and provision mapping to support the Gatsby benchmark framework. This is reviewed every year.

All students can meet with our C and K careers Advisor for individual advice about options, future choices, Post 16 pathways and applications, CV clinic, interview preparation, apprenticeship applications, and any other guidance they need.

Students have access to a range of careers support delivered through a variety of ways. Students can request a guidance appointment at any time throughout their academic life and students will be offered support at key transition points such as year 9 options, year 11 progression planning and Post 16 applications for those want to progress on to further education. Parents are able to attend appointments and careers guidance will be at parent evenings to provide any further careers support.

Targeted support for vulnerable and disadvantaged students

The academy’s careers leader works closely using data to identify students who are in need of targeted support or who are at risk of not participating in further studies after year 11, becoming NEET (not in education, employment or training). Targeted students receive additional support on career options, pathways (Apprenticeships, College etc.) and application help. Students in alternative provision also receive targeted support from the careers leader and additional support with interviews etc.

SEND students support

SEND students are supported to develop the skills and experience, and achieve the qualifications they need, to succeed in their careers. The academy seeks to understand the interests, strengths and motivations of students and use this to support students onto a pathway that supports their development and progression.

Independent and impartial advice for young people with SEN and disabilities includes all of the education, training and employment opportunities on offer, and signpost them onto study programmes that will support their transition into paid employment. This includes work skills, soft skills, work experience, traineeships, apprenticeships and qualifications that will enable students to apply for higher education where appropriate.

Parents & Carers

How to support your child through career choices?

Raising the Participation Age

RPA is a new measure that has been brought in by the Government. It means that all young people have to be in some form of learning or training until their 18th birthday.

What are the options available after Year 11?

  • Stay in full-time education (e.g. school or college)
  • Take up work-based learning (e.g. an apprenticeship or traineeship)
  • Take up full-time work with additional part-time learning (at least 280 planned hours of education a year) which will result in an accredited qualification
  • Combine self-employment with part-time learning, leading to an accredited qualification
  • Volunteer (for 20+ hours) with the addition of part-time learning, leading to an accredited qualification

How to support your child?

  • Encourage them to find out as much as they can about their options,
  • Discuss with your teenager the options information they receive
  • Help them to identify their interests and abilities
  • Check the dates of options events and open evenings
  • Encourage them to consider the consequences of their choices
  • Support their decision
  • Encourage them to make a backup plan

Resources through Foldr

There are also lots of Career focused resources available within the Digital Resource Library, which is available outside of school by using - resources are organised by age, interest and subject.

The above information will be reviewed for September 2022


Welcome to issue 61 of Labour Market & Careers News for Calderdale and Kirklees. In this issue we have details of the latest updates from C+K including dates for the Get Inspired Event 2022, new resources on the MyDirections website, the new Youth Hub programme and much more.

We also look at:

  • 'Paving the Way', a report from The Sutton Trust looking at careers guidance in secondary schools
  • a new GCSE in natural history to be introduced in September 2025
  • the latest apprenticeship figures for the first two quarters of the 2021/22 academic year

All this and more in Labour Market & Careers News issue 61 – to keep a copy of this issue, to download, please go to the cloud at the bottom right of your screen.