Careers Information Education Advice and Guidance

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Careers Lead: Mrs J. Kelly
Senior member of staff i/c Careers: Miss L. Morrison – Assistant Headteacher
(0151 477 8860/

Careers Information Education Advice and Guidance:

The careers guidance programme is good. Pupils value the independent advice and guidance that they receive. They say that this ‘opens their eyes’ to the wide range of opportunities available to them and inspires them to be aspirational for their future. As a result, almost all pupils, including disadvantaged pupils and those with SEND, move on to further education or training.’               Ofsted 2019.

  • Careers provision at LDA is supported by Career Connect, the Careers and Enterprise Company via Liverpool City Region Careers Hub, and Shaping Futures.
  • The Careers Programme at LDA is aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks as we strive to ensure pupils receive ‘Good Career Guidance’.
  • Independent careers advice is provided by Career Connect employees who are based on site at LDA for two days every week.
  • An annual careers fair is held and attended by all pupils. Due to the pandemic LDA pupils were given access to the Virtual Careers Fair through National Careers Week. All pupils had ‘virtual’ access to a range of employers.
  • LDA has well-established links with post-16 providers of education and training. Providers attend parents’ evenings and assemblies throughout the year. Due to the impact of the pandemic and restrictions associated with on-site visits providers produced ‘virtual’ materials which pupils and parents/carers could access remotely.
  • As part of our remote offer LDA established a Careers classroom where essential information, employer links, provider videos and a range of resources are readily accessible to all pupils.
  • Lord Derby Academy measures the impact of the careers programme by using the Compass Tool Evaluation to self-assess our careers programme and track improvements. In addition to this, we also use parent / carer, pupil and staff voice to assess the impact of the careers programme.
  • CIEAG is monitored and reviewed regularly throughout the year. Next review of information of the information published: September 2021

All pupils have access to careers education, information, advice and guidance, as part of the curriculum. The programme is delivered in PSHE and PDC sessions. This allows pupils to develop the core skills needed for employment and gain an awareness of the job market.

Careers Information Education Advice and Guidance is a part of every pupil’s entitlement and here at Lord Derby Academy, we are committed to using a variety of learning experiences to help young people manage the key decision points in their lives. The education they receive prepares them to make informed decisions about the next learning or employment stage for them.

Pupils will get the opportunity to meet with an Independent Careers Adviser at key decision points in their school life, and at other times if they are in particular need of support. At this time, they can talk about their ideas for the future, explore the range of options after they leave school and plan the steps to achieve their end goal. Pupils can expect advice and guidance that is personalised, comprehensive and impartial. Support on offer to pupils includes:

  • Career choice
  • Career planning
  • Planning the next stage of your studies
  • Making Further Education and Higher Education Choices
  • Applying to Sixth Forms and Colleges
  • Applying for Apprenticeships
  • Completing job applications
  • Preparing for interviews


Guest speakers at assemblies to talk about their field of expertise.

Mock interviews

A range of local employers give up their valuable time to support our pupils in developing their skills.


Delivering information, supporting the application process and interviews all can take place in school.

Taster Days, Visits and Trips

All year groups get opportunities take part in college taster days, visit different facilities and trips to our growing portfolio of local businesses.

See our Careers Information Education Advice and Guidance in the atrium, for key dates, Career Connect appointments, college open evenings, apprenticeship information and much more.

All departments have a careers board specific to their area where you will find information on careers relating to that subject.


National Apprenticeship Week Showcase Event – The Sovini Group

9th February 2021, 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Elevate EBP are thrilled to be running this event as part of National Apprenticeship Week in partnership with The Sovini Group to showcase their apprenticeships programme and offer.

The Sovini Group has been named the Best Place to Work in the UK for the third time (2021, 2020, and 2018), the Best Place to Work for Women 2020 and third Best Place to Work in Europe 2020. They are a thriving, growing business that creates opportunities and changes lives for the customers and communities in which they work. They are a property management and development company that continues to grow from strength to strength.

The event is open to all students from across the Liverpool City Region who are interested in an apprenticeship from September (and parents/guardians if they would like to attend too). The session will be delivered via Zoom and students are able to ask questions via the chat function.

Sovini – Apprenticeship Showcase Tickets, Wed 9 Feb 2022 at 15:30 | Eventbrite

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