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Marlwood School

Careers CEIAG

Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Marlwood School

In secondary schools, high quality, impartial careers guidance helps pupils to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations. They are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training. - Ofsted Parental Guidance

It is a priority for us at Marlwood School to provide our students with a full Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Programme to ensure that our students are ready and prepared for the future and have had experiences, opportunities and information to help them make choices for future study and work.

Employability is the ability to get work and progress in your future career and to realise potential. Learning about and developing employability skills is vital for young people as well as being able to identify the skills you have acquired over the years. Our CEIAG Programme helps our students understand employability and understand how important it is to have the right attitude and work ethic as they progress through education and training.

At Marlwood, we believe this a whole school commitment which involves input from all school staff, our students, parent/carers, the business community and employers as well as a whole arrange of education providers – colleges, universities and training providers.

We link our programme to The Department for Education and OFSTED recommendations and review and update our provision through feedback, evaluation and the Compass Audit.

Starting in Year 7 and during each year we ensure that students at Marlwood develop their careers and skills awareness through a programme of events and learning both in and outside of school.

Your role as partners in CEIAG

Teachers and School Staff – To provide learners with opportunities to discover and learn about careers and employability, engage with the wider business community and with employers inside and outside of the classroom. To link schemes of learning with the world of work and, as mentors, to discuss experiences, skills development and progression with students and help them record this on Grofar.

Students – To engage with CEIAG events and learning opportunities, ask questions, research and discover all they can about future possibilities. Evaluate, record events and meet Unifrog targets.

Parents/Carers – To be aware of the CEIAG calendar and engage in the events and discussion about careers, progression and opportunities. To use Grofar and other CEIAG resources to help support at home.

Employers and the wider community – We would love to hear from you if you could support the school either by helping with a CEIAG event at the school, at your place of work or by offering work experience. Please contact Mrs Garrens via


Mrs Garrens is the CEIAG co-ordinator at Marlwood School and is the first point of contact  at the school via

Mrs Hanratty, Assistant Headteacher is the strategic CEIAG lead.

We also have Careers Guidance Partners who work with us and our students who are Level 6 and Matrix qualified. We offer one to one careers interviews for all our Year 11 students to provide advice and guidance on transition and progression and to ensure students have confirmed destinations when they leave the school.

Our current Careers Adviser is Rebecca Dennis.

Here is a link to our Careers Plan which is reviewed on a monthly basis and updated as appropriate:

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Below are some useful links to CEIAG websites.


Marlwood School is partnered with Grofar

National Careers Service

The National Careers Service was launched in 2012 and provides a free and impartial careers advice service for adults and young people (aged 13 and over). 
The public can access information, advice and guidance on all aspects of careers, skills and training.

To access the service and find out more visit the website or call on 0800 100 900.


Are you 14—19 and living in the South West?
Want to know:
Your choices at 14, 16 and 18?
More about different job sectors and what they are looking for?
About working and studying— including apprenticeship and university level study?
Get the information you need to help you plan your future work and study at CareerPilot.


Check out Futuremorph; a careers site that shows how studying science, technology, engineering and maths can lead to exciting and rewarding careers....


Apprenticeships are a great opportunity for some students when they leave school to gain both qualifications and work experience at the same time - and earn money in the process! To find out all about apprenticeships and to register and search for vacancies across all sectors please look at the website.

Other Useful Links - information and advice linked to University applications, courses, and finance - finding out about University courses, destinations of students - the one stop site for apprenticeships, gap years, distance learning and jobs - exploring careers in healthcare and the NHS - careers video libraries to inspire careers choices.

Additional Careers Information

We will place any leaflets or opportunities from external companies in this area - please check regularly.