CEIAG Programme

Chelsea Academy holds the Quality in Careers Standard, a national kite mark for careers work in schools. We are delighted to once again go through the process of re-accreditation for the award this year. The Quality in Careers Standard, provided by our licensed awarding body Investor in Careers has been held by this Academy since July 2015. We are very proud of the efforts of our staff, parents, students and wider community in helping us to achieve this.

Chelsea Academy is committed to providing all students with an inspiring Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance programme that: is appropriate to their individual needs, motivates them to raise ambition and attainment, and encourages them to consider non-traditional careers where their ethnicity or gender are underrepresented and which reflect recent developments in the labour market.

Throughout the programme, there is an emphasis on students planning for happiness with consideration to work life balance, celebrating their talents and contributing to society.

All students will be entitled to a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) program that:

  • Aims to inspire as well as inform and guide students
  • Is centred around the student and their needs
  • Is integrated into the students’ experience of the whole curriculum
  • Encourages all students to consider their career throughout Key Stages 3, 4 and 5
  • Encourages all students to develop decision making skills and resilience
  • Equips all students for independent learning and lifelong learning
  • Meets professional standards of practice
  • Provides each student with high quality impartial careers advice
  • Raises aspirations and promotes equality and diversity

All Chelsea Academy students are entitled to:

  • A range of activities and opportunities that promote self-development, career planning and entrepreneurial skills including inspiring trips, visits and guest speakers
  • Access to up to date, relevant and comprehensive impartial advice. This includes careers resources and a one-to-one guidance interview with action plan for all students in KS4 and ‘drop-in’ access for all students in KS 3, 4 and 5
  • Individual on-going careers advice and practical support from their learning coaches
  • Careers support which is personalised to their own specific needs and abilities including extra support for students with low levels of literacy, EAL and / or SEN

During Years 7, 8 and 9 students will:

  • Describe yourself and know what matters to you and what influences this
  • Demonstrate confidence in yourself and your abilities
  • Identify ways to develop as a person
  • Research how the world of work is changing and the skills that people need to do well in their careers and their lives
  • Plan ahead and know how to deal with changes as they happen
  • Name the people and organisations there to help you in school and exactly what they can do for you
  • Use your entrepreneurial skills
  • Try out new subjects that you haven’t studied before
  • Choose GCSE options that are appropriate to your interests and talents.

During Years 10 and 11 students will:

  • Describe how the world of work and different types of business contribute to the economy
  • Challenge stereotyping, discrimination and other cultural and social barriers to choice
  • Aim high
  • Find information on career opportunities and how they are changing.
  • Identify a range of post-16 options and careers advice and support networks so that you can plan career pathways
  • Make informed choices about your options for the future
  • Relate your abilities, attributes and achievements to your career plans
  • Complete application forms, a CV and a personal statement
  • Prepare for interviews
  • Demonstrate a range of enterprise skills
  • Undertake work experience for at least one week and reflect on the skills you have used and contacts you have made

During Years 12 and 13 students will:

  • Aim high
  • Visit at least two Universities
  • Identify where to find current labour market information and apply this information to your career plans
  • Attend a Higher Education fair where you will meet students and representatives from a range of Universities
  • Consider a range of reputable opportunities that are an alternative to University
  • Be inspired by representatives from a range of careers
  • Demonstrate your interview skills and receive professional feedback
  • Complete a high quality UCAS application
  • Undertake at least one week of high quality work experience
  • Have the opportunity to continue work experience throughout the year
  • Update your CV with professional support
  • Network with a range of successful professionals from diverse backgrounds

Management of provider access requests


This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8 to 13 are entitled:

  • to find out about technical education qualifications and apprenticeships opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;
  • to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;
  • to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses. 

For pupils of compulsory school age these encounters are mandatory and there will be a minimum of two encounters for pupils during the ‘first key phase’ (year 8 to 9) and two encounters for pupils during the ‘second key phase’ (year 10 to 11). For pupils in the ‘third key phase’ (year 12 to 13), particularly those that have not yet decided on their next steps, there are two more provider encounters available during this period, which are optional for pupils to attend. These provider encounters will be scheduled during the main school hours and the provider will be given a reasonable amount of time to, as a minimum:

  • share information about both the provider and the approved technical education qualification and apprenticeships that the provider offers
  • explain what career routes those options could lead to
  • provide insights into what it might be like to learn or train with that provider (including the opportunity to meet staff and pupils from the provider) 56
  • answer questions from pupils. 

Meaningful provider encounters

One encounter is defined as one meeting/session between pupils and one provider. We are committed to providing meaningful encounters to all pupils using the Making it meaningful checklist.

Meaningful online engagement is also an option, and we are open to providers that are able to provide live online engagement with our pupils.

Destinations of our pupils

Last year our year 11 pupils moved to range of providers in the local area after school:

Morley College, St Charles Catholic Sixth Form College, William Morris Sixth Form, Westminster Kingsway College – Kings Cross, The London Screen Academy, The Fulham Cross Academy, South Thames College – Wandsworth, SCL Pro Football Direct, Saint John Bosco College, Richmond-upon-Thames College, Ravensbourne – Greenwich, London Nautical School, London College of Beauty Therapy, Kingston College King’s College London Maths School, Harris Westminster Sixth Form, Fashion Retail Academy, Ealing Hammersmith & West London College, CONEL, College of North West London, City of Westminster College, City & Islington College, Chiswick Community School, Capel Manor College – Enfield, Ashcroft Technology Academy, Ark Putney Academy

Management of provider access requests


As set out in appendix 3 of the Careers Policy, a provider wishing to request access should contact James Flitcroft, Director of Careers. Tel: 020 7376 3019 (ext. 122), Email: james.flitcroft@chelsea-academy.org

Opportunities for access

The school offers the six provider encounters required by law (marked in bold text) and a number of additional events, integrated into the school careers programme. We will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils or their parents or carers.

Please speak to our Careers Leader to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

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Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and pupils, as appropriate to the activity. The school will also make available AV and other specialist equipment to support provider presentations. This will all be discussed and agreed in advance of the visit with the Careers Leader or a member of their team.

Meaningful online engagement is also an option and we are open to providers that are able to provide live online engagement with our pupils.

Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at the Careers Resource Centre, which is managed by the school librarian. The Resource Centre is available to all pupils at lunch and break times.

Complaints: Any complaints with regards to provider access can be raised following the school complaints procedure or directly with The Careers & Enterprise Company via provideraccess@careersandenterprise.co.uk

Careers and Employability Policy.