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The aims of Careers Education and Guidance within Broadoak School are:

  • To give students the skills to assess their own interests, aptitudes, abilities, skills and preferred learning styles;
  • To give students the skills and knowledge needed to make well-informed decisions about their future;
  • To ensure that students have detailed knowledge and understanding of the opportunities open to them post-16 and post-18;
  • To enable students to access and use careers information effectively to aid their decision making process;
  • To prepare pupils for adulthood so that they may function effectively in the world of work;
  • To enable students to cope effectively with and plan for transition;
  • To offer a careers education and guidance programme that is motivating, involving, challenging, exciting, engaging and enjoyable, and that encourages curiosity and creativity in the students;
  • To provide a coherent careers education programme, progressing from Year 7 through to Year 11;
  • To meet the needs of all ability levels effectively;
  • To provide an impartial and objective CEG programme that meets the requirements of the internal entitlement statements for each year group;
  • To integrate CEG into the National Curriculum, thereby placing greater emphasis on the value of CEG;
  • To work in partnership with the wider community, including parents and local business links to enhance the students’ experiences of the world of work.
  • To provide impartial and confidential careers guidance to students at the appropriate time in their education
  • Underpinning the aims is the essential premise that all career learning will be planned and delivered in such a manner that has relevance to the needs of the young person.

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Work Experience

Mrs Susan Peak, has the interesting and challenging role as Work Experience Coordinator. She works with students in Year 10 and helps them find appropriate placements to enhance their individual career opportunities.  Mrs Peak also coordinates employer engagement opportunities alongside Mrs Lord.

Employer Engagement

Broadoak School recognises the value that employers can provide to young people’s education and as such welcomes offers of support and involvement from employers across all industries.  Broadoak hosts several Careers events throughout the academic year where employers, training providers and representatives from Further and Higher Education are welcome to get involved.  Please contact Mrs Lord on   if your organisation would like to engage with the CEIAG at Broadoak School.


SEND, LAC and other Vulnerable Pupils

Broadoak is a very inclusive school with a diverse population. Children with a wide range of special educational needs are successfully included in our mainstream setting, with varying degrees of support.

From Year 9, every pupil with SEND (with or without an Education, Health Care Plan- EHCP) have access to face to face guidance with Mrs Lord, the Careers Adviser who provides support with their future plans and to manage key transition stages i.e. Choosing GCSE options, Parents evenings, EHCP annual reviews, post 16 options etc.  and liaises with the Local Authority (Trafford Council) when necessary.

Career Bulletin.

A Career Bulletin is produced every term for parents/carers and pupils. This is to keep you informed of career activities happening in and out of school which pupils would benefit from and help them to make informed career choices for their future.

Careers Resources

Pupils have access to the following Careers Software that Broadoak School purchase an annual licence for:

  • Kudos: Kudos is useful for generating career ideas as it matches likes and dislikes to aspects of different careers or careers relating to subjects of interest

It produces a list of career suggestions based on your answers to questions about your various aspects of work. You can see how well you are matched to any career within the program and see why each one has or has not been suggested for you. You can also look up your own career suggestions and see how suitable these are. Health factors can also be included to see how these may affect career choice

  • eClips:eClips is useful for researching specific careers or careers relating to subjects of interest. It has information about what qualifications, experience or interests you will need for a whole range of jobs
  • Higher Ideas:Higher Ideas is useful for researching universities and degree courses linked to interests, career ideas or subject choice. It is your starting point for higher education research, generating lots of ideas for courses to consider based on your current studies, interests and career ambitions.

To access these softwares, pupils should login via Moodle and go to the Careers page.


We work proactively to support our leavers in their progression onto further education, training and employment.  Data captured in January 2018 of the activity of our recent 2017 cohort, indicate that 67% have continued in further education, 7% in full time training positions, 9% progressed onto Apprenticeship programs and 9% of leavers were yet to settle into their career path (NEET).  We continue to support leavers throughout their Year 12 and 13 studies to encourage sustained progress into their chosen careers.

Destinations after 1 year from previous cohorts is as follows:

2012/13 Leavers2013/14 Leavers 2014/15 Leavers 2015/16 Leavers
After 1 YearAll Pupils 79% (21% NEET) 83% (17% NEET) 81% (19% NEET) 84% (16% NEET)
Disadvantaged 66% (34% NEET) 80% (20% NEET) 72% (28% NEET) 75% (25% NEET)


Mr John Knowles
Head Teacher

Mrs Sarah Lord
Head of Social Science and Careers Coordinator and Careers Adviser

Mrs Susan Peak 
Work Experience Coordinator

Higher Education

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Careers Strategy Programme

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Careers- Recommended Websites

There is nothing stopping you from exploring your future plans and the websites listed are highly recommended.

  • – Careers exploration through Greater Manchester’s Apprenticeship and Careers Service
  • – BBC Bitesize
  • – This is the Government’s hub for careers advice for people of all ages where you can find help with drafting letters, CVs, exploring your skills or seeking careers advice
  • – the National Apprenticeship Service website provides general advice and information about apprenticeships.  Also advertises current vacancies
  • – aims to help you to make the most of your potential by showing how others have used theirs, take the ‘Buzz’ personality profile quiz
  • – investigate careers, watch videos and get great advice, find out about employers and work experience opportunities in your area
  • – video based job profile information and skills explorer tool
  • – gives clear and comprehensive information about a range of Career Zones (sectors), in an easy to access format. Students can create a profile to help to collate useful information. ’60 second interviews’ giving profile of professionals, provide a useful insight into specific careers
  • – offers detailed advice on how to access a range of sectors. Also offers the purchase of resources, compiled in conjunction with professionals working in these fields, designed to enable you to achieve your dream career or course
  • – a good general careers website and job profile database
  • – an interactive careers website to help with a ‘careers matching’ program to help with career choice (log in for a free guest pass)
  • – opportunities that exist outside of university
  • – information about university courses on offer, also the Stamford test to help with ideas about subjects to study
  • – represents 24 leading universities, source of careers information & advice including ‘informed choices’ a downloadable guide to making post 16 choices
  • – find out which areas you could access after a particular degree
  • – Springboard is for students. It is divided into two main sections: the Career Test and the Career Exploration Tool. In tandem, these two interactive tools allow students to find some career inspiration and gain an insight into their different career options
  • – this site has useful videos, demonstrating how to complete the online applications for many top companies in the UK, as well as providing detailed information on salaries and interviews. Applications forms can be printed off directly from this site
  •  – lots of information about specific sectors as well as advice on how to create a CV and prepare for interviews
  • – displays current apprenticeship and school leaver programme opportunities, to the latest school leaver job news, and gives career journey advice
  • – gives live apprenticeship vacancies, organised by sector or area. Also offers plenty of advice on making applications
  •  – if you’re 16 or 17, you’ll start your Army training at the Army Foundation College, Harrogate. 98% of soldiers enrol on an apprenticeship, making the Army one of the largest apprenticeship programmes in the UK. Find out more details via this link.
  • – A new bus pass that gives teenagers the freedom to travel, work and learn. Those aged 16 to 18* and living in Greater Manchester can apply now for a pass that opens up free bus travel right across Greater Manchester. It’ll make getting to college, into training and into work easy – and it’ll unlock lots of other benefits, too.
  • – An igo card costs £10 and lasts until 31 August after your 16th birthday.  The card allows 11-16 year olds to travel using child tickets on buses and trams in Greater Manchester. It also allows 5-10 year olds to buy bus tickets that are not available without an igo, like System One Junior, AnyBus tickets and some tickets sold by individual bus companies. You can also buy child tram tickets at and load them onto your igo card.

Careers Progression – Online Resources

Whether you’re in Years 9, 10, 11 or Broadoak alumni, it is worth making the most of the time available during Lockdown to consider your future (and look forward to it!).  Below are links to a range of videos and worksheets that can provide information, advice and guidance around all things ‘Careers’, including interview techniques, further and higher education and financial capabilities.

Click below to see the resources available

Information for Staff

Supporting the progression of pupils onto suitable post-16 options is a team effort and it is important as a team of staff to work collaboratively for the benefit of our leavers.  To this end, please find links to the various resources that you might require to support the young people in your various roles as Subject Teacher, Form Tutor and/ or Mentor.

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