Our Curriculum

Aspirations & Careers


CEIAG is a key component of Little Lever School’s Life Chances Strategy, we are committed to providing a comprehensive and planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all students in years 7 to 11.

We aim to support and develop all of our students by:

Developing the skills and attributes required to review achievements, research and plan future actions, make informed decisions and proactively and effectively engage with the transition process to life beyond secondary school.

Providing a curriculum that ‘brings learning to life’ by highlighting connections between the learning a student experiences and the opportunities presented by higher education and future employment.

Developing an understanding of the world of work and the changing world in which we live.

Providing high quality, impartial careers guidance.

Developing, across all subject areas, the key skills and attributes that will support all of our students in securing future success, both whilst at school and in the wider world.

Committed to the fulfilment of the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

Aspirations & Careers Visual Learning Journey

  • Our Commitment

    Little Lever School is committed to ensuring that our CEIAG programme continuously improves and it delivers the necessary impacts for our young people. This is achieved through:

    A designated Leader of Careers (Mr M. Welch) and a designated Senior Careers Leader (Ms M. Moore).

    An independent Careers Advisor who is dedicated to providing impartial careers information, advice and guidance to students on all the options available to them.

    Reporting to SLT and Governors.

    A dedicated online platform providing a broad range of up-to-date information and online resources on key post-16 opportunities.

    Attendance and active engagement at the Bolton CEIAG Hub.

    Establishing and developing links with FE Colleges, apprenticeship providers, University Technical Colleges and universities.

    Establishing and developing links with employers.

    Opportunities provided by NCOP in relation to Higher Education and the world of work.

    Building a network of alumni who can help with the careers guidance and Life Chances plan.

    Liaison and support from the Enterprise Coordinator

    Monitoring of the eight Gatsby benchmarks through the Compass evaluation tool.

    Tracking and evaluation of retention and destination data and analysing the data to provide our students with the latest trends and labour market information.

    Evaluation through and accreditation by the Quality in Careers Standard Award.

  • Destination Data

    All students are supported and tracked during their time at Little Lever School. Interventions are put into place to support and ensure all students have a September guarantee.  This is closely monitored by the CEIAG team so every leaver is engaged in some form of education, employment or training.

    Students with additional needs are supported within school though additional careers meetings with our careers service, personalised visits to post 16 establishments are arranged and extra support is given to them whilst the students complete their post 16 application. We also work closely with the careers service to ensure that vulnerable students are supported throughout the summer before they enrol with their destination.

    The school continues to offer support to leavers once the enrolments have taken place. Tracking is continued and support is offered to those who haven’t been able to secure an appropriate place at a post 16 destination.


  • Programme of Activity

    Discreet programme of CEIAG lessons delivered through the Life Chances programme (Years 7 to 11):

    Year 7

    Autumn Term: Pixl Edge Qualification, Personal Finance, Developing Key communication skills

    Spring Term: Pixl Edge Qualification

    Summer Term: Pixl Edge Qualification, Understanding myself: skills and qualities, Start online – Labour Market information

    Year 8

    Autumn Term: Pixl Edge Qualification

    Spring Term: Pixl Edge Qualification, Interview technique, Stereotypes in the workplace, How to make ‘Well informed reasonable decisions’, Options Assembly, Options open evening, KS4 taster sessions, One to one/small group meetings with careers professional

    Summer Term: Pixl Edge Qualification, One to one/small group meetings with careers professional

    Year 9

    Autumn Term: Pixl Edge Qualification, Enterprise Charity

    Spring Term: Pixl Edge Qualification, One to one/small group meetings with careers professional, Personal Finance, Stereotypes in the work place, Revaluating understanding myself, Labour Market information

    Summer Term: Pixl Edge Qualification, One to one/small group meetings with careers professional

    Year 10

    Autumn Term: One to one/small group meetings with careers professional, Enterprise charity event

    Spring Term: One to one/small group meetings with careers professional

    Summer Term: One to one/small group meetings with careers professional, Post 16 preparation – presentations, CV writing, Personal statement, Post 16 provider visits.

    Year 11

    Autumn Term: One to one/small group meetings with careers professional, Post 16 Fair, Post 16 provider assemblies, NCS Assembly

    Spring Term: One to one/small group meetings with careers professional, Post 16 provider assemblies

    Summer Term: One to one/small group meetings with careers professional, NCS Sign up

    Throughout the academic year we also provide:

    Identification of each student’s career aspiration to support personalisation of careers guidance.

    Access to an independent Careers Advisor; students from all years are directed as required and may also request an appointment at any time.

    A range of assemblies that focus on raising aspirations and future choices.

    A comprehensive career education programme at key transition points, delivered by Edge tutors, Leader of Careers, Careers Advisor and SLT:

    – Options process (dedicated CEIAG lessons, options assembly, options evening with an opportunity to speak with every subject area, ‘taster’ GCSE lessons, interview preparation, referral to Careers Advisor, one-to-one interview (parents and carers invited to attend) with feedback, parent/carer feedback/evaluation of process).

    – Post-16 transition (‘How to help your child succeed’ evening, support for post-16 applications, presentations from a range of post-16 providers, post-16 evening with representatives from over 12 regional providers including sixth form colleges, apprenticeship providers, National Citizenship Service, Armed Forces and Connexions, college visits, individual college visits for SEND and vulnerable students).

    Student completion of START programme; an online tool designed to support students in years 7 to 11 to make informed decisions about future study and careers options.

    Work Experience placements

  • Working With Parents & Carers

    News, information and opportunities shared through the school website news feed and Facebook page.

    Options evening and post-16 evening provide opportunities to share information and engage in dialogue with parents/carers.

    Leader of Careers and SLT presence at parents’ evenings, options evening and post-16 information evening.

    Parents/carers are invited to options’ one-to-one interview.

    Every school event is proceeded by a parental evaluation, which informs the planning of subsequent events.


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  • Life After Little Lever - Supporting Transition into Key Stage 5

    We want to ensure that our Year 11 students are effectively supported as they transition from Key Stage 4 into Key Stage 5 or employment with training. The resources found in the page below aim to help students, parents and carers with this transition.


  • Provider Access Policy


    This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at 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 7-11 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.

    Management of provider access requests

    A provider wishing to request access should contact Mr. M. Welch, Leader of Careers,

    Telephone: [Telephone 01204 333300; Email: info@little-lever.bolton.sch.uk

    Opportunities for access

    A number of events, integrated into the school careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers including:

    • Careers fair
    • Progress evenings
    • Helping your child to succeed evening
    • One to one/small group meetings with careers professional

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

    Premises and facilities

    The school will make the drama centre, learning resource centre, classrooms or private meeting rooms available for discussions between the provider and students, 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.

    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 careers leader. The Resource Centre and careers office is available to all students at lunch and break times through appointment.

    Approval and review

    Approved [date] by Governors at Curriculum and Standards Committee

    Next review: [date]

    Signed: [name] Chair of Governors [name] Head teacher