The Government’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and Statutory Guidance, Careers guidance and access for education (October 2018) set out a long-term plan to build a world-class career system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them. This statutory guidance has been updated to expand on the aims set out in the strategy to make sure that all young people in secondary school get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience

At Harrogate High School use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks (see tab Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance) to develop and improve our careers provision and ensure that we fulfill legal duties to ensure we provide independent careers guidance and provide opportunities to a range of providers to inform pupils about technical education qualifications or apprenticeships. Our Careers Leader will work with the following to ensure outstanding provision.

Careers Structure

Harrogate High School is also part of the Harrogate Careers hub and therefore work with a cluster of school in Harrogate to share good practice and develop provision. We also work with a range of external providers and local employers to enrich our carers programme some of which can be seen below:

External Agencies


Further Education and Agencies


Equality and Diversity

Equality and Diversity Careers education is provided to all students and provision is made to allow all students to access the curriculum. Students are encouraged to follow career paths that suit their interests, skills and strengths with the absence of stereotypes. All students are provided with the same opportunities and diversity is celebrated.

For all CEIAG events there is close liaison between the CEIAG lead and SENCO to ensure provision meets the needs / is appropriate for selected students. All events on the CEIAG plan are communicated to the SENCO to ensure additional support can be put in place if necessary.

Provider Access Statement           

This alludes to Harrogate High School’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to students 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 7-13 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.

Management of provider access requests:-

Procedure: A provider wishing to request access should contact: Lee Wilson (Assistant Head teacher) who can be contacted on 01423 548800 or emailed at

Opportunities for access

A number of events integrated into the school careers programme, and highlighted in our Career Plan, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and/or their parents/carers. Please contact Lee Wilson to identify the most suitable opportunity for you.

Premises and facilities

The school will make the main hall, 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 Lee Wilson. Providers are welcome to leave a copy of their prospectus or other relevant course literature at Reception. Literature will then be made available to students. During social times and during careers meetings. 

Monitoring, review, evaluation and development of CEIAG

The following provision is reviewed by the Careers Leader:-

  • Annual review of partnership activities incorporating destination data (CEIAG Plan)
  • Lesson and form time learning walks including ‘Career week’ as part of School Self Evaluation
  • Feedback on the effectiveness of the CEIAG programme is sought through student focus groups and questionnaires. Resulting action points then feed into the following years’ planning process to ensure they are addressed.
  • All tracking will be done via Compass Plus and Unifrog. Compass Plus is an online platform developed by the Careers Enterprise Company that supports schools to meet their statutory duties around careers guidance. It provides us with tracking capabilities to help teachers monitor students’ progress and engagement in relation to CEIAG. Unifrog is an online platform which enables students to explore careers profiles, produce their CV and covering letter for job applications and log interactions and competencies. Review of the school’s adherence to the Gatsby Benchmarks through Compass Plus, an online self-evaluation tool for schools with follow up improvement plan systematic tracking all activities linked to CEIAG and the Gatsby benchmarks encompassing sub-groups.

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