Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance

Careers Coordinator - Mrs S Lasagna

Careers Information & Guidance Adviser from Directions - Mr T Forrester

Further information for young people can be found by clicking the links to left hand side of this page.

Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance is part of every student's entitlement. At Chelmer Valley the Careers Coordinator works closely with the Heads of Year, Sixth Form and Tutors to ensure the implementation of the Careers Policy. We have held the Recognition of Quality Award for Careers Education, Information Advice and Guidance since 2002 with reaccreditation every 3 years.

'Effective careers education and guidance is crucial to preparing young people for working life. It helps ensure that they make the right choices about their learning and occupational options'. DFEE Circular

The Careers Library is fully resourced and is open to all students during lunchtimes. The IT facilities include Fasttomato.com, introduced in Year 9, which is a web based programme providing students with career information, colleges etc. The benefits of being web based is that this programme can be used at home. Fasttomato

Directions are an outside agency who provide impartial Careers Education, Information Advice & Guidance to students in groups and on a one-to-one basis. Tom Forrester is our appointed careers adviser who previously worked in the school under Connexions.

Which Way Now publications for Students and Parents/Carers helping with Post 14 choices can be found on the left hand side of this page.

What is RPA?  Raising the Participation Age is a government policy which increases the minimum age at which young people in England can leave learning. It means from summer 2013 students will be required to participate in education, training or employment with training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 and from summer 2015 onwards until their 18th birthday. For more information click on the Essex County Council publications below.

Key Dates:

Sixth Form Open Evening and Apprenticeship Fair - Thursday 6th October 2016

Year 7 Introduction to Careers - (Spring term through PSHE)

Year 8 Introduction to job skills - (Spring term through PSHE)

Year 9 Fasttomato - December 2016

Year 9 Choices Evening - TBC

Year 11 Cope Work Experience 17th - 21st October 2016


  1. Careers Fact Sheet Booklet Electronic
  2. Apprenticeship Careers Fair Brochure 2015
  3. Vacancies October 2015
  4. Careers information & Guidance Fact sheet
  5. National Careers Service LMI bulletin
  6. RPA Parent/Carer booklet
  7. RPA Student booklet

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This means we are an exempt charity not registered with the Charities Commission. We are regulated by the DfE and registered with Companies House.

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