To raise aspirations, engage and prepare students for these everchanging opportunities, responsibilities and experiences and to equip them with the knowledge and skills and understanding to manage the choices, changes and transitions ahead of them in an increasingly competitive and evolving world so they can “Learn More. Do more. Be more” and create a positive future for themselves.
Welcome to our Careers education, information, advice and guidance website pages
In this section, you will be able to access information regarding all aspects of our careers
education, information, advice and guidance.
At the Beacon of Light, we want our students to “Learn More. Do more. Be more” and we
recognise that we have a critical role in raising aspirations and preparing our students for
the next stage of their education or training and beyond.
There has never been a time when careers guidance has been as important as it is today
because our young people will be embarking upon a career pathway which is more
challenging and complex than that faced by previous generations. Global opportunities and
increasing technological advances will result in young people having several careers during
their working life and potentially working in a career which does not exist today.
With the greater choices of education, training and employment, our aim is to raise
aspirations, prepare students for these ever-changing opportunities, responsibilities and
experiences and to equip them with the knowledge and skills to manage the choices,
changes and transitions ahead of them so they can “Learn More. Do more. Be more.”
Our careers education curriculum is delivered to all of our students through weekly
dedicated Careers and Life Skills lessons. In addition, we have partnerships with a wide
range of educational institutions, training providers and employers who contribute to our
careers programme and in line with the most recent careers guidance strategy, our careers
plan supports the achievement of the eight Gatsby benchmarks.
For more detailed information, please refer to our Careers Delivery plan, which is also on
We participate in a range of external activities including Sunderland’s Work Discovery Week
and events organised by the Sunderland Business Partnership Scheme. All students in Year
10 have the opportunity to take part in a work experience placement.
The school provides in-school guidance and independent advice from our external
independent Careers Advisor, to ensure our students receive the impartial advice that they
need and are entitled to.
The Beacon of Light has a whole school approach to careers education with every member
of staff helping to deliver quality and impartial CEIAG, allowing students to access the
necessary information to help them make informed decisions about their futures.
As part of our commitment to providing high-quality careers education, information, advice
and guidance we are working towards the Inspiring IAG Gold Quality Award in Careers
Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG); an award which meets the Quality in
We are delighted to have achieved Stage 1 in June 2020 and we are now
working towards full validation of this prestigious award.
We hope you will find this section of our website informative and easy to use. If you require
more information about any aspect of our careers education, information advice and
guidance, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Email : firstname.lastname@example.org
We have a whole school approach to CEIAG at The Beacon of Light, with every member of staff
helping to deliver quality and impartial CEIAG, supporting all students to find and use the information
they need to help them make informed decisions about their futures
• Leadership of CEIAG across the school:
• Develop and organise all areas of CEIAG, including: Careers Education, Careers Information,
Careers Advice and Careers Guidance;
• Prepare and implement CEIAG annual development plan;
• Develop schemes of work and programmes of study for careers education;
• Secure student access to personal careers guidance which is independent and impartial;
• Coordinate and monitor the work experience programme;
• Develop external links with employers, apprenticeship providers, colleges and universities;
• Coordinate staff CEIAG CPD;
• Develop students’ resilience, self-esteem and aspirations;
• Ensure that the provision meets the quality of a dedicated CEIAG award;
• Utilise destination measures data and LMI information to inform future planning;
• Ensure students develop their employability skills and encourage students to take ownership of
their career plans;
• Promote careers across the curriculum;
• Coordinate Careers Focus Days
• Monitor, review and evaluate CEIAG;
• Consult with young people, parents and staff on CEIAG provision;
• Liaise with SLT to implement intervention strategies for potential NEET students;
• Report to Trustees on CEIAG twice yearly;
• Careers guidance interviews
• Action plans
• Develop careers education and employability skills through teaching and learning across the
• Promote positive work skills across the school, especially attendance punctuality and ‘behaviours
for the work place’
• Integrate CEIAG into annual CPD programme for all staff
• Promote post 16 pathways
• Support the CEIAG programme and activities
• Support whole school Careers Focus Days
• Link attendance and punctuality to life beyond school
• Work closely with the local authority and other professionals to support planned transition from
school into appropriate post-16 opportunities SEND students
• Provide support to SEND students with their individual careers action plans
• Review SEND student career action plans with their parents to ensure they are engaged and
supportive of the plans
• Ensure Careers Leader is up to date with school’s statutory responsibility to students with SEND
• Generate individual career action plans as part of the Education Health and Care plan
• Integrate careers into the curriculum and monitor its delivery within curriculum area
• Co-ordinate high quality activities for whole school focus days
• Develop employability skills through the teaching and learning of their curriculum
• Promote progression routes within their curriculum area
• Promote STEM activities/events and opportunities and STEM careers (*STEM subject Curriculum Leaders)
• Engage with and promote CEIAG CPD across their own curriculum area
• Encourage students to think positively about their career prospects and how they could enhance
their life chances
• Ensure they are familiar with the Beacon of Light CEIAG career plan and its objectives
• Link curriculum learning to careers
• Include references to world of work in their written feedback where appropriate
• Support the development of employability skills within lessons
• Promote progression routes within their curriculum area
• Develop external links to support CEIAG within curriculum area
• Feedback specific student needs (or opportunities) to the Careers Leader
• Signpost students to appropriate CEIAG advice and information
• Ensure careers displays are relevant and regularly updated
• Ensure programmes of study for careers education are planned, sourced, delivered and monitored
• Deliver the tutor programme for careers education
• Help prepare students for the world of work.
• Provide careers advice and respond to students’ questions
• Signpost to sources of advice
• Ensure careers displays in the classroom are relevant and up to date
• Monitor and promote attendance and punctuality and link to world of work
• Monitor provision of CEIAG
• Review CEIAG regularly with Principal and Careers Leader
Labour Market Information refers to any relevant information about the current state of the jobs market. It is useful when thinking about future careers.
The world is moving very fast and things are changing all the time. As new technologies and industry changes create some jobs and make others obsolete, it can be hard to keep up.
It can include information about:
· The industries and businesses that operate in your area
· The types of jobs that exist and what they involve.
· How many of those jobs there are.
· The skills that are currently or will be in high demand.
· Commute and travel to work patterns.
· Typical rates of pay.
· Career progression opportunities.
LMI For All is a comprehensive portal that collates various sources of LMI to provide high-quality data. ICould uses data from LMI For All as well as real-life personal stories from young people. It has thousands of resources including videos and a calendar of careers events across the UK. The National Careers Service offers over 800 job profiles on its website. Under each profile you’ll learn about the average salary, working hours, typical duties, and routes into the profession.
The Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Durham Labour Market Information Portal provides up to date labour market information for the Tyne and Wear, Durham and Northumberland areas. Supporting Inspiration
Supporting Inspiration helps schools and colleges to build new and improved relationships with businesses. It also provides continuous professional development (CPD) opportunities for Careers Practitioners and a range of up-to-date labour market information resources to assist their work supporting young people to make informed career choices.
The Careerometer can be used to explore and compare key information about occupations to support the process of identifying potential careers.
The Careerometer widget provides access to a selection of headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects.
The data are organised by occupation: simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you.
An apprenticeship is a real job where you learn, gain experience and get paid. You are an employee with a contract of employment and holiday leave. By the end of an apprenticeship, you will have the right skills and knowledge needed for your chosen career.
It can take between one and 6 years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which one you choose, what level it is and your previous experience. It is funded from contributions made by the government and your employer.
Each apprenticeship has a level and an equivalent education level. You can start an apprenticeship at any level.
Depending on the level, some apprenticeships may require previous qualifications such as an English or maths or give extra training in the English or maths skills needed.
At the end of the apprenticeship, you will achieve the equivalent education level. For example, if you complete a level 3 apprenticeship, you’ll achieve the equivalent of an A level.
Useful resources and links:
Every year we collect information about our Y11 leavers post-16 destinations after leaving The Beacon of Light.
Most students decide to continue their education at one of our local colleges.
Some students decide they want to start work and train and either opt for an apprenticeship or employment with training.
Where will you be this time next year?
Work experience is a valuable experience for students and all of our students in Y10 have the opportunity to take part in work experience.
It is an opportunity for students to spend some time with an employer or other organisation, allowing them to experience as far as possible the hours, working conditions and regulations they may encounter when they go to work themselves.
Work experience is not necessarily about trying out a preferred career choice, it is an opportunity to find out about working life and employability skills. It will help students to learn more about the world of work; this means understanding the workplace, working with other people, improving employability skills and being able to communicate clearly with adults.
For more information, contact our Careers Leader, Kim Newby
Careers advisors from Together For Children and an independent careers advisor provide independent and impartial information, advice and guidance to our students regarding their career aspirations. This enables students to explore their post 16 options and future career pathways at colleges, sixth form colleges, apprenticeship and other learning providers.
During Year 11, every student is offered a careers guidance meeting to discuss their interests, ambitions and the options open to them. Following this meeting they will be given a written summary with relevant information and an action plan. Careers guidance meetings are also available for all other students throughout the year.
Should you wish to attend your son’s/daughter’s careers guidance meeting, please contact our Careers Leader, Kim Newby to arrange this.
It is never too early to start talking about careers with young people. It can be really valuable to have a conversation with your child about their career plans. Even an informal chat is good, but if you want to give them more advice, use one of the links on this page or contact us at The Beacon of Light for more information.
icould is a small charity providing career inspiration and information for young people. They provide a range of career videos and articles which examine the range of choices available to young people at 16 and 18. Many of the articles written are especially aimed at parents/carers.
Find out which career you may be suited to.
The national Careers Service is also a reliable source of impartial advice and guidance.
UCAS is an online search and application tool for post 16 courses. This is the preferred method of application for some sixth form providers in Sunderland.
Career World is a free online library of careers, news and information.
Careers Box is a free online library of careers related videos, news and information.
Barclay Life Skills helps young people get the skills and experiences they need to enter the world of work.
On this website school and college leavers can search for thousands of jobs, opportunities and apprenticeships in UK.
Use Monster’s resources to create a good quality CV, search for jobs, prepare for interviews and launch your career.