Careers Guidance

“We firmly believe that The Northumberland Church of England Academy is helping to carve out the future direction of career guidance in England.

“The impact of your work is reaching beyond your own school; you are the catalyst for change both across the North East region and the country.”

The Gatsby Foundation


What is Careers Education and Guidance?

The aim of CEG is to help learners find out about the world of work, develop key employability skills and ensure that they take responsibility for planning their own career pathway.

CEG at the Academy takes place within lessons, assemblies and tutor time, as well as through school trips and visiting speakers. Your children will learn how to research different jobs, make decisions at options times and find out what opportunities are open to them once they leave NCEA.

Individual Guidance

All learners from years 9-13 have the opportunity for face to face guidance with Mr Fox, the careers adviser. They can request this either by asking their tutor or a teacher, or they might be referred by a member of staff such as a key stage head. Learners in years 7 and 8 can also request a careers appointment and this might be carried out during a lunch time library session. Most careers appointments last about half an hour and all year 11s who have a meeting with Mr Fox will receive an action plan summarising their plans and identifying their next steps.

Parents and carers of all learners can request an after-school appointment by ringing 01670 816111 and leaving their contact details for Mr Fox.

Learners with Special Needs

Learners with special needs will receive support from Northumberland County Council. A Local Authority adviser is attached to the Academy and will be invited to annual reviews when learners requiring an Education Health Care plan reach Year 11.

To find out more about how NCC can help your child contact Mrs Jill Collin on 01670 816111.

The National Careers Service

This is a free service for both young people and adults. Young people aged 13 and over can use the service to find information about jobs and courses, as well as requesting 1:1 support from a qualified Adviser by ringing the helpline, emailing, texting or requesting a webchat. Call 0800 100 900 or log on to the National Careers Service

Other useful sites containing careers information include: – a range of career videos and articles covering most careers topics – the National Apprenticeship Service website – job sectors that make up the North East landscape

Use the careerometer to compare and contrast different jobs!

Investor in Careers Quality Award

NCEA was awarded the IiC quality award in Careers Education and Guidance in June 2015. This is a nationally recognised award that demonstrates a school is meeting the highest of standards in preparing its learners for the world of work. The Academy is currently working towards its reassessment for this award throughout July 2018.

Gatsby Careers Pilot Project

NCEA is proud to be part of the national Gatsby Career Benchmarks pilot. Along with 12 other schools in the North East the Academy is exploring new and innovative ways of delivering careers education, information, advice and guidance. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks were published in 2014 and are playing a vital role in improving careers work across the region and the UK. You can find out more here.

Enterprise Adviser Initiative

NCEA was one of the first schools in the region to be appointed an Enterprise Adviser. The idea of the national Enterprise Adviser Initiative is that prominent local figures from business and industry support the school in preparing students for the world of work. Tony Quinn, the Managing Director of renewable energy employer ORE Catapult in Blyth is already actively working with his staff on joint projects that will give Academy learners a real insight into how a cutting edge business succeeds in today’s global energy market.

Careers links for parents and carers

Parent Adviser

Parental Guidance

Parents’ guide to professional careers

Parents’ guide to engineering careers

Parents’ guide to school leaver programmes

Parents’ guide to apprenticeships

Parents’ guide to careers guidance

Parents’ guide to supporting career choices


NCEA Documents

NCEA careers policy

NCEA Provider Access Policy

Our annual careers plan

Guidance for the individual learner

What a learner can expect from careers guidance

How could you be involved as a parent or carer?