Caldew School Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance

Caldew is committed to delivering high quality Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG), which is personalised and impartial, to all of its students.

We recognise how important it is for our students to receive effective and bespoke careers advice and guidance in order for them to make informed choices about their future.

We are working hard to ensure our students are enterprising, self-confident and resilient as well as having an all-round education in order for them to achieve their career goals.

Our advice and guidance supports students throughout their progression to further and higher education, traineeships and apprenticeships.

We are supported by a large number of further and higher education organisations. We are very fortunate as a school to have a large volume of businesses who have supported our students with Work Ready Days, interview advice, workshops and work experience opportunities.

We also offer extra-curricular opportunities that support career development including Duke of Edinburgh, National Citizenship and Young Enterprise and we encourage students to carry out voluntary and charity work that can enhance their career prospects.

If you would like further information or you can support our careers advice and guidance we would like to hear from you.

Contact: Ms Cheryl Eastburn

Caldew School welcomes the opportunity in giving FE, HE and training providers the opportunity to talk to students at the school. Please click on the link “Provider Access Policy.”

Caldew School Access Provider Policy

Caldew School Events and Activities Plan

We continually monitor and evaluate our careers provision so that we can tailor our careers programme to the needs of employers and our students. We will review this policy in October 2024

Employer Information

We are very keen to engage with businesses and employers to help us inform and educate students about the local and national employment opportunities.

This links directly with Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees, and Gatsby Benchmark 6 – Experiences of Workplaces. We provide many opportunities for businesses to interact with students: World of Work days, Career Carousels, Employability Skills workshops, Careers Fairs, presentations, work experience, small group work etc.

If you would like to get involved, or wish to advertise any apprenticeship vacancies through the college, then please contact the Careers Leader, Cheryl Eastburn on (01228) 710044 or  email

Parents: Keeping you up to date with options available for your child is available at the Parents' Evenings over the course of the year.

Caldew School uses Compass + to plan our careers programme and track student attendance at Careers events and activities. Students and parents can request a copy of their record of attendance by emailing our Careers Lead

We post up to date external careers events and activities on our social networks -

Click here for the school's Career, Education, Information Advice and Guidance policy.

Target Careers have produced an eBook to help parents get involved and encourage their children in finding their future careers. This guide is designed to provide an overview of how parents can help support their son or daughter with these important choices. click on the link below:

At Caldew school we use the Gatsby Benchmarks to measure the quality of our careers provision.

For further information please follow the link to the Gatsby Benchmark website:


Kudos is Caldew School's online career development service. It helps students explore their career options looking at subjects, courses and training.

If you are unsure what careers you may be interested in, Kudos can give you ideas based on what you like and dislike.

Packed with information on what employers are looking for, what you can earn and what qualifications you'll need - it is a passport to your future.


Students can use the Virtual Learning Environment, Firefly to access careers advice, events and activities as well as support with CV’s, cover letters and application forms.

If you are unsure of your user details please see the IT Technicians.

Labour Market Information

The world of work is continually changing, particularly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and you may wonder what future employment opportunities will look like; whether you’re a young person entering the world of work, changing your career path, running a business, getting back into work or advising someone. Looking at future trends, the area around you and the different ways in which we work can help many people with planning their future career.

What is the “labour market”?

Labour market information can tell you:

• The number of people in certain types of jobs.

• Which industries are recruiting and where they are located.

• What jobs and skills employers are looking for.

• Growing or declining job areas and general employment trends.

When thinking about career ideas it is useful to consider what is happening in the labour market

and always to have ‘back up’ ideas.

You can find out more on the link:

Destination Data

You can view our most up to date published Destination Data (where a student goes and what they do after leaving school) on the link below.

Useful Links

Caldew School Events and Activities plan

If you have any questions to do with any aspect of careers guidance, please contact Ms Cheryl Eastburn

Leaders have created a welcoming and supportive environment at this school. Pupils and students achieve well in their learning. They are well prepared for their next steps in education, employment and training.

Ofsted 2022

There is a strong culture of safeguarding in place, with clear systems to record any concerns. Leaders keep safeguarding relevant to all members of the school community through regular updates, training, alerts and reminders.

Ofsted 2022

Leaders provide effective careers guidance to pupils from Year 7 through to Year 13. Clear guidance, including preparation for interviews and ‘Work Ready Days’, helps pupils and students to make considered choices for their next steps.

Ofsted 2022

Staff have high expectations for pupils’ and students’ behaviour and learning. Pupils and students behave well in lessons and around the school site. They are polite to each other and look out for others in the school.

Ofsted 2022

Pupils including students in the sixth form, are proud to attend Caldew School. They feel well supported, happy and safe in this welcoming community. There are high level of trust and respect between pupils, students and staff.

Ofsted 2022