Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

The Careers Leader is Mr P Atkinson, Deputy Headteacher 0191 2189500

Careers Governor: Kim Smith





Every student, regardless of their background or ability, will leave Longbenton High School with a comprehensive knowledge and understanding of all of the opportunities available to them in the world of work, and the skills and ambition that ensures they follow a pathway that allows them to be as successful as they possibly can be.

The careers programme is shaped by the Gatsby Benchmarks and the statutory guidance. The Deputy Headteacher is responsible for the leadership of CEIAG within school and has taken part in the Teach First Careers and Employability Leadership Programme. The school successfully applied to become a part of the North East Ambition Careers Hub, and is also part of both local and regional careers networks.

A key focus is that careers should be seen to be everyone’s responsibility within school, and subject staff are expected to include reference to careers and employability skills within their subject areas, increasing their relevance to students. Staff CPD includes Careers Education as a regular focus.

A key priority is that all activities and external partnerships are sustainable and are not just ‘one offs’, and that every child is able to access the many opportunities available.



Longbenton High School CEIAG Programme 2021-2022

Please note that due to COVID restrictions many of these opportunities will now happen on a 'virtual' basis, or are postponed until later in the year.

Features of the programme that students can expect to enjoy within their Careers Education programme include –

  • Careers Speed Dating
  • Work Experience
  • Mock Interviews with employers/training providers
  • Engagement with local colleges and apprenticeship providers
  • Links with local universities including visits out to universities
  • Independent guidance from Connexions
  • Specific careers lessons within the PHSCE programme
  • Students in Years 10 & 11 also have one Careers and Guidance lesson every fortnight

Independent Careers Guidance

Our CEIAG programme includes the use of the Connexions service for students in year 9 and above.  Connexions are a careers guidance company who provide students with impartial advice (Gatsby Benchmark 8) on progression routes via one to one and small group sessions. 


CEIAG Across the Curriculum

A crucial aspect of a successful Careers education is the linking of the whole school curriculum to Careers and future aspirations for students.  We are currently working towards embedding this across the school (Gatsby Benchmark 4).




The School assesses the impact of its careers programmes on students by completing an annual student survey and analysing destinations data in line with activities that they have taken part in at school.  In addition, the views of students and parents will be surveyed after key events .e.g. the Post-16 taster day, Information Evenings, Year 10 Work Experience etc. The school destination data also gives us an indication of how effective the CEIAG programme in school is. Only one student from last year's Year 11 cohort is currently not in Education, Employment or Training.

The Careers governor takes an active role in the development of careers education and visits the school on a termly basis, and the Careers policy and other information is reviewed each year.