CEIAG @ Washington Academy – Careers education,  information and guidance


Our Team

Careers Leader – Mrs K Oakland
0191 580 4956

Deputy – Mrs C Lilley

Admin Support – Mrs F Skinner

Careers Advisor – Mandy Wood from Youth Direction


What we offer

Careers education and guidance programmes make a major contribution to preparing young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. A planned progressive programme of activities supports them in choosing 14–19 pathways that suit their interests and abilities and help them to follow a career path and sustain employment throughout their working lives.

Here at Washington Academy we strive towards:

A stable careers programme
Learning from career and labour market information
Addressing the needs of each pupil
Linking curriculum learning to careers
Encounters with employers and employees
Experiences of workplaces
Encounters with further and higher education
Personal guidance
As part of student entitlement, careers education, information, advice and guidance is embedded across our curriculum, this involves guidance on labour market information, trends, decision making & choices, employability, curriculum vitae support, application form support, support with interviews and research techniques including career planning, and self-awareness questionnaires.


We also provide independent and impartial careers advice and guidance to all our Year 11 pupils on an individual basis where students have the opportunity to discuss post 16 options for further education, work based routes or employment.  Students also visit colleges, sixth forms and other training providers from year 7 all the way up to year 11. We run our careers programme regularly through tutor time for years 7-9 and via personal development lessons for year 10-11 students.


Every year 10 student has the opportunity to participate in a work experience week. Our students are provided with guidance to organise their own placement with support from their Year Leader, Form Tutor, through Personal Development Time and of course the careers team. Further details to follow about this year’s work experience week.



We participate in a range of external activities including college and university taster days. We have strong links with Sunderland, Newcastle, Gateshead and New College Durham. We also hold our own annual Careers Fair inviting local Post 16 providers, large and small businesses and the local university network. Its true COVID-19 has disrupted our programme of activities across the year somewhat but we are working hard to think of new ways to do things safely.


Planned Careers Provision 2020/21

This is our working calendar for the academic year. This will be updated throughout the academic year when opportunities present themselves.

Year 7
Term 1
Term 2
Term 3
-Tutor time careers provision

– Sunderland University taster day
-Tutor time –careers provision – Step Up
-Tutor time –careers provision – Step Up

– Refining the gender divide awareness day – Sunderland College
Year 8
-Tutor time –careers provision – Step On

– STEM day – Sunderland College
-Tutor time –careers provision – Step On

-Sunderland university taster day

– Sunderland College STEM day

– Construction taster day – Sunderland College

– STEM – Physics and engineering taster day
– Tutor time –careers provision – Step On

– Computing at Sunderland College day

– Redefining the gender divide awareness day – Sunderland College
Year 9
– Tutor time –careers provision – Step Ahead

– STEM day – Sunderland College
– Tutor time –careers provision – Step Ahead

– Durham University inspiration day

– Construction taster day – Sunderland College

-STEM – Physics and engineering taster day
– Tutor time –careers provision – Step Ahead

– Computing at Sunderland College day

– Redefining the gender divide awareness day – Sunderland College
Year 10
-SETA assembly

– Newcastle College assembly

– Gateshead College assembly

– Intro to digital T-levels – Sunderland College

– Intro t nursing T-levels – Sunderland College
-Tutor time –careers provision – Step Forward

– Newcastle College taster day

-Teesside University awareness day
– Tutor time –careers provision – Step Forward

– Work experience week

– Durham University inspiration day

– Newcastle University visit

-Sunderland College taster day
Year 11
-careers provision – Step Future

– SETA assembly

-Newcastle College assembly

-Gateshead college assembly

-National apprenticeship Service assembly and application session

-Sunderland College subject carousel and application/guidance session

-One on one advice and guidance interview – Youth Direction

– Newcastle College virtual taster session
-careers provision – Step Future

ERP Department
-Careers tutor provision(differentiated)

-One on one advice and guidance interview – Youth Direction
-Careers tutor provision(differentiated)

– SEND Shine day – Sunderland College

What can you do at home?

It is never too early to start talking about future choices with your child and we are here to help. If you haven’t downloaded the parent hub app, please do so ASAP. We have dedicated careers pages where we regularly post careers information relevant for your child. We have also recently started an Instagram page which we update regularly. Please follow us on Instagram at washingtonacademy_careers.

What are we part of?

Washington Academy is one of 40 schools who is part of the North East Careers Hub. This provides us with access to additional resources, support from business providers and further training and network opportunities within the Careers Hub.


Useful Links and websites

The National Careers Service (www.nationalcareersservice.co.uk)

The NCS provides information, advice and guidance to help students make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice and is supported by qualified careers advisers.  You can chat with an adviser using webchat (8am to 10pm, 7days a week).  Or you can call 0800 100 900 to speak to an adviser (8am to 10pm, 7 days a week).  Calls are free from landlines and most mobile numbers.


Icould (www.icould.com)

Get ideas for your future with free career videos, job information, plus advice on career options and the world of work. iCould provides career inspiration and information for young people through free access to over 1000 personal video stories, detailed job information, plus practical tips, insight and advice.


Amazing Apprenticeships website (www.amazingapprenticeships.org.uk)

A well-resourced website with lots of up to date information about apprenticeships.


UK Government apprenticeship website (www.apprenticeships.gov.uk)

A website designed to apprenticeship seekers with a great local search facility. Also contains some great information for parents and carers.


Sunderland College (www.sunderland college.ac.uk)

Newcastle College (www.ncl-coll.ac.uk)

Gateshead College (www.gateshead.ac.uk)

New College Durham (www.newcollegedurham.ac.uk)

SETA – Engineering training provider – (www.seta.ac.uk)

Durham 6th Form Centre (www.durhamsixthformcentre.org.uk)


Careers Events Calendar