Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

The Statutory Guidance: Careers guidance and access for education, and training providers (October 2018) states that all schools should deliver Careers Education under the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks:

  1. A stable careers programme.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information.
  3. Addressing the needs of each scholar.
  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.

The results of our most recent audit of current careers education and provision against the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks can be viewed here: Gatsby Benchmarks

The Careers Programme weaves through our curriculum, giving scholars’ learning purpose and context. It aims to: 

  • Build the aspirations for all scholars
  • Support inclusion, through challenging stereotyping and promoting equality of opportunity
  • Encourage participation in continued learning including higher education and further education
  • Develop enterprise, entrepreneurial and skills for successful employment
  • Ensure all scholars are in meaningful, education, employment or training when they leave us at the end of year 11
  • Aid social mobility and contribute to the economic prosperity of individuals and the local community
  • Allow all scholars to link learning to real life contexts and scenarios
  • Focus scholars on their future aspirations and support them in achieving these
  • Involve parents and carers to support their children, through raising an awareness of local labour market information, opportunities and the latest careers information

CEIAG is delivered through the following routes:

  • PSHE lessons
  • Main curriculum
  • Homework tasks
  • Careers Fairs and events
  • Visiting speakers
  • Workplace visits
  • Assemblies and tutor time
  • Prospectuses
  • FE and HE websites
  • Recommended careers websites
  • School website
  • Knowledge organisers
  • Face-to-face, impartial careers advice
  • Skills mapping
  • Route planning
  • Mentoring

A full Careers Programme for each year group shows what each scholar will experience at Isca. 

Career Pilot
Career Pilot is a website with which all scholars will register; accounts remain open to them into early adulthood. It tracks their skills, learning and research, and scholars can upload and keep useful documents such as CVs. Career Pilot provides a multitude of job profiles, as well as Local Labour Market Information, progression route advice, and details of local education institutions.

Homework tasks
In Week 12 of every cycle, scholars will complete a Careers homework task for each subject.  They are required to research a job linked to the learning they have just done in that cycle. The Knowledge Organiser will direct them to a subject area of the website, which will contain a skills summary, a top 5 job list, and useful links to research a job. This enables scholars to be exposed to an abundance of difference jobs throughout their time at school, helping them to shape their aspirations and deepen their understanding of access routes.

Local Labour Market Information (LMI) gives up-to-date statistics about employability and job sectors in Exeter and the surrounding area. This can be found here:

Exeter Labour Market Profile

Exeter Labour Market Information Sheet


Parents can find useful information to support their children with their progression, careers and choices here Success at School

Isca Academy is committed to providing a planned programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for all scholars in Years 7-11, in partnership with the Heart of The Southwest Careers Hub

Useful links:

Isca Academy Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance Policy; Provider Access Policy Jan 2023

Isca Academy Careers Programme 2024-25

Heart of The Southwest Careers Hub

The Exeter labour market- an information sheet

Careers Advice for Parents

Download the parent and carer’s pack from Amazing Apprenticeships

For further information about our careers programme contact: Abbie Roberts, Associate Assistant Headteacher, LVS and Careers Lead, Telephone: 01392 204082, email


Post-16 Options

There are a wide range of opportunities for scholars leaving Isca Academy at 16. Our staff help scholars to make the right choices and will support them as much as they need throughout the process.

The majority of our scholars progress on to Exeter College when they leave Isca. Exeter College is an Outstanding (Ofsted 2012 and 2014) establishment that provides a huge range of opportunities for the city’s young people. Alternatively, depending on their needs, some of our scholars may decide to go to one of the city’s Independent sixth forms, a sixth form outside the city, or Bicton College. Some seek employment with training.
Many of our scholars progress on to some of the best universities in the country.

Exeter College Information for Year 11

Information on applications:

Financial support: The 16-19 Bursary Fund and how to apply

Scholars health and wellbeing video.

Information about learning support. See video.                

For any further advice and information about Exeter College, contact:  Customer Service Assistants can help with queries about the admissions process.  The College Advice Team can provide advice and guidance to scholars regarding course choices.


Bicton College have also provided links to information and activities which may be of interest to your child:

Duchy College Foundation Learning –

Bicton College Foundation Learning –

Equine – 

Military & Protective Services Academy –

Sport, Adventure Sport and Fitness –

If you have any questions or concerns regarding post-16 education which you have not been able to clarify through your provider, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs Jan Taylor at Isca Academy on:


NEET data for Isca Scholars

NEET is an anacronym for ‘Not in Education, Employment, or Training”, a refers to a young person who is unemployed and not receiving an education or vocational training.

At Isca we aim to ensure that we do not have any NEETs. We aim to support all scholars with their next steps after year 11 to ensure they are aware of future opportunities and providers and have had the opportunities and education needed to apply for their next steps, be that employment or further education.

NEET Figures for Isca Scholars

2022/2023 – 2.8% of year 11 Cohort

2021/2022 – 4.2% of year 11 cohort

The ‘Baker Clause’ states that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8 to 13 to discuss non-academic routes.

At Isca we ensure that all scholars have access to unbiased careers and next steps advice. This is through both Jan Taylor and Maria Masters. Scholars also have encounters with other providers such as Ask Apprenticeships and Next Steps South West through events such as assembly, LVS and careers fairs.