“Careers Education” and “Information, Advice and Guidance” by definition is a means of developing a young person's knowledge, understanding, confidence and skills that they need to make well- informed, thought through choices and plans that enable them to progress smoothly into further learning and work, now and in the future.


The Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) is a means of providing all our young people with personalised support on learning and work pathways such as GCSE/A Levels, Traineeships, Apprenticeships and Employment with training especially with Year 9 options and Post 16 destinations. Also, through IAG our students will receive support on other key issues that impact on their ability to develop and progress for instance personal wellbeing. The school are working towards fully achieving the Gatsby principals by 2020

Your role as partners in our school CEIAG programme

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 signpost them to the CEIAG team.

Each department has its own “Careers Champion” who co-ordinates and oversees these subject specific opportunities.

Students – To engage with CEIAG events and learning opportunities, ask questions, research and discover all they can about future opportunities. To attend one to one interviews with the CEIAG team at key points in key stage 3 and key stage 4. To make use of the drop in opportunities at break and lunch times. Each student will have the opportunity to meet with the Positive Steps Career Adviser at key decision points.

Parents/Carers – To be aware of the CEIAG calendar and engage in the events and discussions about careers, progression and opportunities. To use the CEIAG resources listed on the website to support their young person in making key decisions. To contact the CEIAG team with any questions or concerns.

Employers and the wider community – We are keen to engage with employers and the wider community to support our delivery of CEIAG. If you could support the school either by helping with a CEIAG event at the school such as our Careers Networking Event, by offering a visit at your place of work or by offering work experience.

Any enquires can be sent to the team at careers@middtech.com or by contacting Careers Co-ordinator Daniel Gooding at mtsdgooding@middtech.com


Our principles for good quality, impartial CEIAG:


  • All students are empowered to plan and manage their own futures.
  • CEIAG responds to the needs of each learner.
  • Students receive comprehensive information and advice.
  • All students are given opportunities to raise their aspirations.
  • CEIAG actively promotes equality of opportunity and challenges stereotypes.
  • All students are helped to progress.


The link below has all the details of the Inspiring IAG award which we hold at level 3 called The Quality in Careers Standard. This is reaccredited every 3 years with an annual review. Awarded 10/01/2019

Positive Steps Inspiring IAG

The Compass Tool is an evaluation tool which checks for compliance with the 8 Gatsby Bench marks. We use this as part of the Greater Manchester Hub through the Careers and Enterprise Company and GMCA

Compass - careers benchmark tool



All Students are introduced to Careers Education through Life Education lessons and have access to the CEIAG team through drop-in sessions.

Activities include

  • Initial meeting with Careers Co-ordinator or Career Adviser to discuss future plans and options.
  • Pathways evening to explore options for GCSE.
  • Form time careers discussions.
  • Life Education lessons on researching careers and labour market information.
  • Presentations on Higher Education and opportunities for University trips.
  • Careers Networking event allowing students to talk to a range of professionals.


For the full careers programme please see


All Students are introduced to Careers Education through Life Education lessons and have access to the CEIAG team through drop-in sessions. Every student will be seen for a careers guidance interview.

  • A-level taster days at Sixth form colleges.
  • Vocational course taster days at FE Colleges.
  • Post 16 provider fair with a wide range of local colleges, Sixth Forms and apprenticeship providers.
  • Work Experience.
  • Opportunity for parents to meet Team IAG at parents evening.
  • Apprenticeship Fair.
  • College Assemblies.
  • Prospectus and application process.
  • Drop in sessions with Positive Steps and IAG.
  • Targeted and requested interviews.
  • Apprenticeship workshops and interviews.
  • Presentations on Higher Education and opportunities for University visits.
  • Careers trips and events.


For the full careers programme please see

Policies & Documents

It is our vision to enrich the learning experience of the entire school community

Raising the
participation age

We have increased the age to which all young people in England are required to continue in education or training.

We have introduced this change in 2 stages:

  • Pupils who left year 11 in summer 2013 had to continue in education or training for at least another year until June 2014.
  • Pupils who left year 11 in summer 2014 or later have to continue until at least their 18th birthday.


This does not mean young people must stay in school. They will able to choose from:

  • Full-time education (eg at a school or college).
  • An apprenticeship or traineeship.
  • Part-time education or training combined with one of the following:

    Employment or self-employment for 20 hours or more.

    A week volunteering for 20 hours or more a week.


If you have any enquiries please contact Careers@middtech.com