The Eastwood Academy

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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

The Academy:

  • Commissions Connexions to provide high quality, impartial careers advice to pupils in Years 7-11.
  • Has its own purpose built Careers Centre operated by the Head of Careers, Mr. N. Dunn (contact details can be found in the Provider Access Policy) and used by Connexions.
  • Has a CEIAG programme matched up to the Gatsby Benchmarks.
  • Is a Careers Development Institute (CDI) School Affiliate and is working towards the Quality in Careers Standard.

CEIAG Programme

The Academy has a full CEIAG programme that is delivered through Connexions, PHSEE, special events, enrichment programmes, visits, trips and assemblies and also within individual departments and through form time.

All pupils will:

  • Develop a deeper understanding of themselves, their abilities and affinities.
  • Gain a greater knowledge of the range of opportunities open to them.
  • Take part in work related activities in and out of school.
  • Understand the labour market and the requirements and expectations of employers.
  • Learn to make decisions wisely about their future.
  • Be fully prepared to manage change and be fully supported through key transition periods.
  • Learn how to improve their own employability: how to find work, how to get work and how to progress their careers.

Click here for the CEIAG Programme

Provider Access Policy

Schools are required to:

  • Give providers of technical education and apprenticeships the opportunity to talk to all pupils in years 8 to 13.
  • Publish a policy statement on their website setting out the arrangements for provider access and making sure this is followed.

Click here for the Provider Access Policy

Further information for Pupils and Parents

Career path information -

Labour market information -

Careers advice for parents -

Apprenticeships - Parental Guide

Parent Guide - Post-16 Guide - What Happens Next?

National Careers Week (Dealing with Stress) - Top Tips Guide

Leaving School - School Leavers Guide

Finding, applying and interviewing for jobs -

University of Essex Research - Your Life, Your Future

By the end of September, all Year 11 pupils are guaranteed an offer of a post-16 learning place that meets their needs. Those who have not secured an offer should contact the Head of Careers, Mr. N. Dunn.

On Results Day, Mr. N. Dunn will be available, along with a representative from Connexions. Should Year 11 pupils need to contact Mr. N. Dunn over the summer, he can be contacted via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Destination Data and Evaluation

Destination data refers to the % of pupils who go onto sustained education, employment or training. The data is based on:

  • The year after the pupil has left compulsory schooling (i.e. academic age 16)
  • Participation in education in all of the first two terms (defined as October to March) of the year after the pupil left Key Stage 4.

Click here for the Destination Data Report

Click here for the Evaluation of Careers Programme Report

Careers Convention

On 23rd April the Academy's held its annual Careers Convention.




SEEVIC College Visit

On 4th July all Year 10 pupils visited SEEVIC for a 'Taster Day'.


On 12th July all Year 9 pupils took part in the 'Steps to Success' Programme.



On 17th November, pupils visited Hertford College, Cambridge, as part of a 'Raising Aspirations' programme.

On 7th December, representatives from Essex University gave a talk to Year 11 pupils about applying to university.

On 7th January, an ex-pupil, Sharna Willis, who currently attends Sydney College, Cambridge, gave a presentation about applying to Russell Group universities.

Week commencing 7th March, KS4 pupils engaged in a range of activities as part of Careers Week.

On 23rd March, Marks and Spencer’s came into the Academy to talk to Year 10 pupils about the different jobs in Retail, as part of a '60 Minute Mentor' programme.

On 26th April, pupils visited Queens College College, Oxford, as part of a 'Raising Aspirations' programme.

On 30th June, Job Centre Plus gave a presenttaion to Year 10 pupils.

On 5th July, Year 10 pupils took part in a Young Enterprise Employability Masterclass.

On 12th July, Year 10 pupils took part in mock interviews with ex-pupils.

On 28th September, Year 11 pupils attended a 'motivational' seminar, undertaken by Essex Outreach in association with Essex University.

On 10th October, Year 11 pupils attended a presentation from The Student Finance Tour.

On 31st October, Year 11 pupils attended a presentation from Southend United Community and Educational Trust. 

On 28th November, Year 9 and Year 11 pupils attended a workshop run in association with Essex Outreach Collaboration, aimed at increasing pupils' knowledge of Higher Education. 

Week commencing 6th March, pupils across all year groups undertook a range of activities as part National Careers/Apprenticeship Week.

On 20th March, the Academy held its annual Post-16/Careers Convention.

On 19th June, Year 10 pupils attended 'taster days' at SEEVIC.

On 23rd June, a group of Year 9 female pupils attended the International Women in Engineering Day at Tilbury Docks, London.

On 14th July, Year 10 pupils visited the Digital, Creative and Cultural Festival at Essex University.

On 22nd September, the Academy entered into a formal partnership - Enterprise Adviser Network. Enterprise Advisers are senior business volunteers who work with schools and colleges to build employer engagement plans for local students. With almost 1700 Enterprise Advisers and half of all secondary schools and college in England involved in the Enterprise Adviser Network, the EAN is quickly becoming a force of change. 

In December, the Academy registeted with The Adecco Group, the world’s leading provider of workforce solutions, to take part in an initiative in which at least 1000 days’ work experience will be offered to young people throughout the country.

In January, Year 9/10 pupils took part in 'Think Build Insight Day' which aimed to create a positive awareness and perception of the built environment/construction industry.

In January, the Academy signed up to the National Collaborative Outreach Programme (NCOP) - a programme which aims to increase the number of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Higher Education by 2020 -

In February, working with Enterprise Advisors (Southend Council) and Career Ready, the Academy hosted a 'Careers and Enterprise Day' for Year 10 pupils.

On 23rd April, the Academy held its annual Careers Convention.

On 28th June, the Academy held its annual Careers Day supported by CareerReady. Events included: Mock Interviews; Post-16; Higher Education; and 'Generation Medics'.

On 4th July, all Year 10 pupils attended SEEVIC for a 'Taster College Day'.

On 12th July, Year 9 pupils engagaed in the 'Steps to Success' programme. The event focused on FE and HE choices and interview techniques.

On Friday 28th September, Year 7 pupils took part in a Careers and Future Aspirations performance workshop led by Hannah Jane Lewis. Hannah is a singer/songwriter from Surrey. Not only a talented performer, Hannah also recently graduated from New York's Tisch School of the Arts with a first class honours degree in Drama & English. Hannah has recently signed a record deal with Polydor Records and is due to release her first album early next year.



On 7th and 8th November, a drop-down session was organised for Year 10 pupils covering:

  • Self-motivation.
  • Organisational skills.
  • Working under pressure/deadlines.
  • Ability to learn.
  • Communication.
  • Teamwork.
  • Negotiation.
  • Valuing diversity and difference.
  • Problem solving.
  • Numeracy/IT.

On Tuesday 13th November, Anglian Water delivered a presentation to Year 10 pupils regarding the science behind water treatement and career opportunities.

On Friday 8th March, the Academy welcomed 14 different professionals to speak to Year 10 pupils about their companies/industries. These included: finance, law, engineering, HR, photography, logistics and healthcare.