Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

The Careers Education and Guidance Programme details how the School provides Careers guidance for pupils in the School.

The School ensures that Careers guidance is presented in an impartial way, and that it enables pupils to make informed choices about a broad range of options. This includes timely advice to help pupils choose GCSE and post-16 courses. From the start of the Third Form, pupils are presented with a wide range of opportunities to learn about various careers, which supports them in making choices about GCSE and A Level courses.

The Careers Education and Guidance Programme ensures a range of events and activities that encourages pupils to fulfil their potential, and enables them to ‘know themselves’ and how their strengths, weaknesses and interests relate to the world of work; learn about different careers and opportunities; obtain individual guidance; have some work experience; and gain information about training, education and occupations beyond School. The School consciously works to prevent all forms of stereotyping in the advice and guidance provided to ensure that girls and boys from all backgrounds and diversity groups consider the widest possible range of careers, including those which are often portrayed as primarily for one or other of the sexes.

The School is committed to meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks in line with government expectations and statutory requirements for the maintained sector. The 8 benchmarks are as follows:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning form career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

The School is partnered with FutureSmart Careers Ltd, a career and higher education programme which supports young people to explore their career aspirations and make informed decisions based about their future. Our association with FutureSmart ensures that our pupils receive an independently and impartially created CEIAG curriculum and that they have access to impartial and professionally qualified careers advisers, in addition to the support, advice and expertise offered by the School’s staff. There is a monthly careers newsletter, produced by FutureSmart in partnership with Downside School, published on the School’s website.

CEAIG forms part of both tutor-group curriculum and the SMSC curriculum.

All pupils are registered on, an online platform for careers information and guidance. Parents can explore Unifrog themselves by using the Form Code parentsdownside on the login page.

Click here for the School’s CIEAG programme.