Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance

Careers education helps young people to develop the knowledge, confidence and skills they need to make well-informed, thoughtful choices and plans for their future.

  • Through Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) pupils will:
  • be able to investigate opportunities for learning and work on their own
  • make challenging but realistic plans for their future learning and work
  • understand the skills and qualifications that they need to pursue their ambitions
  • understand the full range of learning opportunities open to them within the school and elsewhere (including local colleges and training providers)

Rainhill High School and Sixth Form Centre work very closely with Careers Connect. This partnership aims to strengthen links further with industry and work towards achieving the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good career guidance.
There is a comprehensive key stage 3, 4 and 5 programme of teaching in careers through PSHCE lessons and drop down days alongside a whole school careers event. Rainhill Sixth Form Centre has a published programme of CEIAG which is updated each September on their website. The programme includes super-curriculum, PSHCE and form time, as well as extra activities and assemblies as needed.

PSHCE is delivered one hour fortnightly. Mr Cunningham is the careers lead in school and Mrs Whitehead is PSHCE Coordinator. Miss Goss is PSHCE Co-ordinator at Rainhill Sixth Form and Miss Morrell is Key Stage 5 Progression Mentor.

For further information on PSHCE at Rainhill High School please contact school on 01744 677205.

PSHCE sessions are also supplemented by excellent inspirational enrichment and activities across all year groups. Both go hand in hand with the vital impartial CEIAG delivered by our Career Connect Adviser, Faye Rafferty, who can be contacted by email at Faye.Rafferty@careerconnect.org.uk.

If parents/carers are able to provide support via employer talks, mock interviews, exhibits at the careers fair etc. please contact Mrs Whitehead (11-16 school) or Miss Morrell (Sixth Form) to discuss further. The school is also very committed to hearing from past pupils about their journey after Rainhill High School.


Year 12 Careers Programme

Year 12students will be involved with a range of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) over the duration of their school year. Year 12 will also have full access to all our CEIAG Resources, including:

  • Unifrog (an online careers platform covering all apprenticeship and University opportunities in the UK and beyond);
  • Assemblies from aspirational speakers, Career Connect and other external providers
  • Careers Connect – appointments and drop-ins (break and lunchtime);
  • Several careers/progression related trips and visits;
  • Advice from teachers and dedicated Progression Mentor;
  • Careers library in the Sixth Form study room;
  • Supercurriculum programme run on a Wednesday afternoon;

Additional activities for Year 12 students include:

  • Fortnightly PSHCE careers sessions: CV/Interviews/Post 18 options/Leadership;
  • Form time sessions: Unifrog/Enterprise;
  • Assemblies throughout the year (HE providers/Degree Apprenticeship providers/employers );
  • UCAS week – Drop down day in May of Year 12 to introduce and support UCAS applications;
  • Ongoing UCAS support from May in Year 12;
  • Dedicated help and guidance from Career Connect for Apprenticeship students;
  • Trips to UCAS Exhibition and Apprenticeship Fair;
  • Trips to two Universities – Leeds University (February in Year 12) and Edgehill University to launch UCAS;
  • Elite Group trips – Cambridge University and Merseyside Oxbridge Conference, as well as in school workshops from Cambridge Univerity outreach and half termly Elite meetings;
  • Parent Progression Evening in May to launch UCAS and support parents with apprenticeship/job searching. External speakers involved: Edgehill University, St Helens Chamber and Manchester Metropolitan University.
  • One-to-one careers guidance meetings available with Progression Mentor and Careers Connect;

PSHCE and CEIAG in Sixth Form aim to develop attributes that employers have identified as essential for the world of work

  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication

Year 13 Careers Programme

Year 13 students will be involved with a range of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) over the duration of their school year. Year 13 will also have full access to all our CEIAG Resources, including:

  • Unifrog (an online careers platform covering all apprenticeship and University opportunities in the UK and beyond);
  • Assemblies from aspirational speakers, Career Connect and other external providers
  • Careers Connect – appointments and drop-ins (break and lunchtime);
  • Student Finance assembly delivered by Leeds University;
  • Advice from teachers and dedicated Progression Mentor;
  • Careers library in the Sixth Form study room;
  • Super-curriculum programme run on a Wednesday afternoon;

Additional activities for Year 12 students include:

  • Fortnightly PSHCE careers sessions;
  • Form time sessions: Unifrog/Enterprise;
  • Assemblies throughout the year (Degree Apprenticeship providers/employers );
  • Ongoing UCAS support and Students Finance support;
  • Dedicated help and guidance from Career Connect for Apprenticeship students;
  • Elite Group – Support on Oxbridge applications, mock interviews and 1:1 feedback, mock admissions tests, workshops from Cambridge University outreach and half termly Elite meetings;
  • One-to-one careers guidance meetings available with Progression Mentor and Careers Connect;
  • Mock interview and mock assessment centre for all apprenticeship bound students by IBM;
  • Apprenticeship Fair trip – October of Year 13;
  • University Interview advice given via an assembly by Liverpool John Moores University;

PSHCE and CEIAG in Sixth Form aim to develop attributes that employers have identified as essential for the world of work

  • Leadership
  • Organisation
  • Resilience
  • Initiative
  • Communication