Careers Education, Information Advice & Guidance (CEIAG)

CEIAG is fundamental in helping a young person to reach their full potential and realise their dreams, and at The Hayfield School we have a many-tiered approach to this most important area. It is our aim to ensure each student and their family are supported through the many decisions they will be making during different key stages. Every child matters, every decision propels them towards their future and we hope every individual is supported as just that – an individual!

There are many opportunities available throughout the school year, for our students to start preparing for their future beyond school. The Careers programme starts as soon as students enter the school in Year 7.

At KS5 students engage in a range of experiences and activities both during Tutor Time and HayDay’s: These enable students to make informed decisions which take into account their chosen path whether it be university or further training/employment. The school’s library is well stocked with a range of careers resources that students can access.

The Careers Programme is extensionally delivered from Years 7 to 13. The school’s Careers Co-ordinator attends network meetings and regularly evaluates the effectiveness of the programme to ensure that it meets students’ needs but also statutory guidance.

steph-smith-careersAt Hayfield we work closely with Careers Inc in order to secure impartial CEIAG for our students. Appointments can be made with them for students and/or their families. An advisor from Careers Inc attends Year 8 Choices Evening and Parents’ Evenings for Years 10,11,12 and 13. Impartial advice and guidance is also available at key dates such as GCSE and A Level results days and HayDay’s. Our impartial careers adviser is currently Steph Smith.


For further information, please contact our Careers Co-Ordinator:
Helen Cope

The following links are a selection of useful career, training and choices websites:

CEIAG Delivery across the school

PD Lessons: The focus is on Year 8 Choices, CV writing, Interview skills and post 16 options.

HayDays: Visits to FE and HE institutions together with links with employers and former students. Students in Year 9 have the opportunity to work shadow a parent. Work experience is encouraged in Year 12/13 during Wider Curriculum.

Tutor Period: Every students from Year 7 to 11 has a career folder which tracks career aspirations during their time at Hayfield. 1:1 Interviews with the Leadership team are embedded at crucial times during the decision making process (Currently Year 7/11)

Assemblies and Events: Local business / employers and post 16 providers are welcomed into assemblies throughout the year. We have a biannual careers event for Year 10 upwards, involving a vast array of career sectors.

Parental Involvement: This is very much encouraged, including attending 1:1 interviews with Careers Inc., parents evenings, careers events and “What’s my Job” presentations. Parents have become one of our main sources of employer links.