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Whitcliffe Mount Business Engagement and Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Journey


At Whitcliffe Mount we are committed to developing young people academically, socially, emotionally and spiritually. We aim to develop students who make informed choices whilst at school so they can then go on to make a positive contribution to the local community and beyond.

The core curriculum will be underpinned by an extensive enrichment and extra-curricular programme of activity. The Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Journey aims to prepare young people for the world of work from Year 7. Click here to see our full CEIAG policy. Please click here to see our 2020 destinations

The Whitcliffe Mount Business Engagement and CEAIG Journey encourages and supports students to develop the 'We Are Whitcliffe' (WAW) skills throughout their 5 year journey through school.  WAW skills include being a:

  • Reflective Learner
  • Team Worker
  • Responsible Citizen
  • Independent Thinker
  • Creative Entrepreneur


WMS CEIAG Journey Covid adapted 2020 - 2021


Year 7 students will quickly develop a wide knowledge of the local, regional and national labour market. They will work in teams, take responsibility for tasks including thinking independently and creatively.

Year 8 students will explore further areas of interest, including the wide variety of options available.  They will develop their WAW skills through enrichment days, the PACE curriculum as well as a university visit to challenge and raise their aspirations.

Year 9 students will be supported through the options process, to ensure that they make good and informed choices. In particular, they will be introduced to how subjects relate to career opportunities, encouraging them to reflect on their own needs.

Year 10 students will be provided with practical support and guidance from business leaders and the careers service. They will be involved in mock interviews, requiring independent thinking, and will begin to prepare for post 16 choices.

Year 11 students will be supported in their applications for the next stage of their journey to give them the best chance of becoming responsible citizens in the future.

Please click here to view our CEIAG Journey document.

We have recently been recognised for having some of the following strengths in our provision:

  • Governor involvement is outstanding, with evidence of excellent input into the shaping of the CEIAG programme.
  • Leadership is strong, with good communication links between all those involved in CEIAG.
  • There is a high level of engagement from parents and they genuinely value the support and information they receive.
  • The provision and support offered at Whitcliffe Mount is very inclusive and personalised and as a result destinations for the most vulnerable learners are excellent.
  • Whitcliffe Mount School has a well-embedded, comprehensive programme of CEIAG with clear action planning in place and good alignment with the Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Links with external partners are strong and well co-ordinated providing a wealth of opportunities for pupils to explore their options.
  • The relationship with the external IAG provider, C&K Careers, is very well regarded.

 In light of our outstanding provision, we have been awarded the Quality in Careers Standard.

Please also see below our latest compass reading which rates how we are doing against the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Compass December 2020. 

Assessment of impact

Our careers provision is evaluated/reviewed on a regular basis and the next full review date is July 2021. The evaluations take place through student voice and student evaluation questionnaire following the completion of any activity.The impacts are also measured through annual destination data.

Whitcliffe Mounts Events

We have been able over previous years to run our own careers events. This has helped to provide more opportunities for the students in all years to explore different jobs and also develop there employability skills. We have been able to link new businesses to the school through these events.

Please see below for the students feedback on these events:

Year 7 - Exploring careers evaluation - November 2020

Year 7 - Street Food event - January 2021

Year 8 - Music Festival event - February 2021

Year 9 - Careers Panel - February 2021

Apprenticeship Week

Apprenticeship week begins on 8th February 2021

Click on the documents below to get involved in events and understand more about apprenticeships

KS3 - Apprenticeship Week

KS4 - Apprenticeship Week


National Careers Week

National careers week runs from 1st March - 8th March with a series of events and virtual activities 

Please click on the link to view the activities and events: -  National Careers Week 2021

Career Activities and Presentations

10 things to do for careers success

Parents guide to National Careers Week

Careers Quiz

What degree did which Celebrity do?

Careers Fair Letter

The Ahead Partnership

We're proud to work with Ahead Partnership to improve employability skills and careers experiences for all of our students from Year 7 through to Year 11.  They help us to organise several events and activities every year, drawing on the help of volunteers from businesses from across our region to give the students first-hand experience of the working world.

This year we're keen to introduce new businesses to the school so that we can cover as many different sectors as possible and to give students a broader understanding of the career options available to them in their local area.  Do you know a business that could volunteer some time for our students? Please contact either Mr Whiteley or Mr Radcliffe at school or click here for further details.

Please click here to view the feedback from the Y7 Trinity Kitchen Enterprise Day

Please click here to view the feedback from the Y8 Music Festival Enterprise Day

Please click here to view the feedback from our Year 7 Speed Dating.

Calderdale and Kirklees (C+K) Careers

All students at Whitcliffe Mount have access to our two independent Careers Advisers who are based in school and provide impartial careers information, advice and guidance to students on a range of careers related topics. Year 7 and 8 students can call in to see either career adviser as and when the need arises. Students start to have more formal meetings with a designated Careers Adviser from Year 9 onwards and particularly in the run-up to making post-16 applications in Year 11.  Careers Advisers are also available at Parents Evenings, Options Evenings, Results Days and other similar events to offer focused guidance and support. 

Click below to view the C&K Apprenticeship Events for 2020:


Why do we offer it?

Careers education given to students in secondary school can be linked to higher earnings in adult life, according to researchers. A study published in the Journal of Education and Work suggests that better-informed teenagers are likely to make more advantageous career choices. It measures the earnings benefit as an extra £2,000 per year for every six careers sessions when aged 14 to 15. Researchers used the British Cohort Study tracking 17,000 people. The research, commissioned by the Education and Employers charity, found that once other factors were taken into account, such as exam results and economic background, there were higher earnings for those who had received sustained careers advice in school. It concluded that there was a long-lasting employment impact from careers talks and lessons. Where there were “higher levels of employer contacts, in the form of careers talks with outside speakers”, researchers found that this was linked to higher returns in the labour market.

They concluded that getting careers information and meeting employers in school had a “meaningful and statistically significant impact on later earnings”. Click on the link to see an article write up on it -  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-36312068 

Kirklees Careers Hub - Parent and Carers resources

We also have some of the latest advice and guidance for parents. This has been developed as part of the Kirklees Careers Hub. Parent and Carer resources.

We have put below some useful links to presentations that might help parents when talking about jobs and career pathways.

Jobs of the Future


Skills Booklet

Thinking Outside the Box

Interview Guidance and help


Year 9 Directions Booklet - linked to options choices this is a guide to help parents and students to understand the different option choices that they have.


How do I receive advice?

Students are welcome to make an appointment to see one of our Careers Advisers by making an appointment. These appointments will then take place at a mutually agreed time, these can be before school, after school as well as during the school day. They are based in the Careers office which is located near the LRC. Alternatively, students and parents/carers can contact them by phone on 01274 851152 or by email to the addresses below: 



We are also registered as a school to use start. Start is a free, online careers platform designed to connect 11-18 year olds with their future career potential. It combines the most comprehensive source of information with a personalised experience and career planning tools, helping our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options, as well as developing their employability.

Start includes:

A student profile: students build their profile and access personalised study and career information.

Modules: activities to guide students through the information on Start at the right time.

Up to date information: engaging content on what to study, where to learn and the world of work.

Locker: an online record of achievement to evidence skills for future applications and CVs.

Employability action plan: Students can set goals and stay in control of their career planning.

Please click here for further information. Or click our start icon at the top right of the page to register and begin the process. 



College Events







Leeds City College Prospectus
Leeds Sixth Form College Prospectus







Mirfield College Open Evening - 26th November 2020  - Register at www.mirfieldcollege.co.uk/register

Greenhead College YouTube version of the presentation  - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6QBawZMtpg&feature=youtu.be

Updated Greenhead College video, showing our students in action and the campus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KO7Oyq-8hq8

Creative and Media School - Virtual Tour - www.cmsstour.co.uk 

Motiv8 College - Bradford - Prospectus


Apprenticeship Update

Please click on the links below for more information about each event:

C&K Careers Event - Thursday 11th March

LMI Quiz


Higher Education Events

Please click on the link below for more information on Higher Education events:

Aim Higher event 


Virtual Careers Fair's

 GT Scholars Virtual careers Fair - This fair is on Saturday 27th February, please click on the link to see how to sign up for the event.


Useful websites:






http://futuregoals.co.uk/ - provides information on the Leeds City Region’s growth sectors - this is great for young people and parents to explore

www.futuregoalvwx.co.uk - this link provides access to a virtual careers fair

https://careersyandh.co.uk/CYH_News - Careers YandH also have a regular newsletter for the region, LMEye

www.ckcareersonline.org.uk - for careers matching quiz like JED, careers information and advice, local apprenticeship vacancies, open days, deadlines etc.

https://careersyandh.co.uk/cyh_uploads/Newsletters/Inspiration/Shape_your_Future_September_2017.pdf - shape your future updates

https://careersyandh.co.uk/CYH_News - LMEye (National Careers Service)

www.plotr.co.uk - careers matching quiz

www.icould.com - personality type quiz

https://amazingapprenticeships.com/resources/ - information on apprenticeships and apprenticeship vacancies nationally

www.nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk - job profiles for careers information

www.vinspired.com - for volunteering and National Citizen Service

www.prospects.ac.uk or www.ukcoursefinder.co.uk - for students who have started to consider universities

http://ckcareersonline.org.uk/uncategorised/93-job-trends - Job trends local to you

iCould is a careers website which uses LMI for All to provide context alongside careers videos

U-Explore  provide careers guidance solutions for schools and colleges using LMI for All in Start

SACU is an online source of careers information for young people, parents, teachers and careers advisors

RCU Ltd. is a data dashboard which draws on LMI for All data and is designed to help inform curriculum design.

http://www.lmiforall.org.uk/widget/ This is a great start as they have lots of advice available. They also have a ‘careerometer’ widget: http://www.lmiforall.org.uk/widget/



We review this page frequently, but information on our 2020/21 Careers Programme will be published by November 2020.