Careers Information for Parents

Careers & Work Related Learning at Madeley

All of our students have the right to access free and impartial Careers Information, Education and Guidance (CIAG) as well as the opportunity to gain experience of the world of work. This entitlement is delivered through discreet Careers sessions throughout their life at Madeley, starting in Year 7. The Careers Information, Education and Guidance we provide for our students is further enhanced in subject lessons through work related learning and a dedicated Careers advisor who undertakes individual guidance interviews with students.

Madeley uses the Gatsby benchmarks for our CIAG provision.  The Gatsby Benchmarks set out a framework for schools to deliver ‘good career guidance’. We welcome training providers/employers/colleges and Universities into our school for assemblies, careers events and training activities. If you would be interested in supporting us with this please contact Mr King ( 

Careers Information and Guidance Team

Mr S King - Faculty Leader of Science, Innovation & Creativity

Mr King is the director for Careers Information and Guidance and Work Related Learning. He is responsible for designing the Careers curriculum for all students at Madeley School.

Mrs J Kretschmer - CIAG and Work Related Learning Coordinator

Mrs Kretschmer is the Careers Information and Guidance and Work Related Learning Coordinator. She is responsible for coordinating the Careers curriculum for all pupils at Madeley High School. She organises careers visits and post-16 information sessions where post-16 colleges give options/careers talks to students from Year 7-11.

Mr J Knight - Careers Advisor

Mr Knight is our careers advisor from Changing Education.  He is in school on Wednesday to offer careers advice and guidance to students.

Changing Education

Madeley School use a Careers Information and Guidance (CIAG provider) called Changing Education for work experience placements and CIAG interviews.

Enterprise Adviser & Careers and Enterprise Company Enterprise Coordinator

Mr Hargreaves from Keele University is our Enterprise Advisor and Mrs Abbot is the schools Enterprise Coordinator from Stoke on Trent City Council/Careers and Enterprise Company. 

Year 10 Work Experience Placements

Year 10 students will complete a week long work experience placement at the end of Year 10. There is a lead up programme prior to the placement to help students develop the key employability skills required to be successful at their chosen workplace.

Personal Development

Year 7 - 11 Personal Development lessons include a comprehensive CIAG/work related learning unit to support your son/daughter with their chosen career paths.

Key Stage 3

In Year 7-9 sessions involve learning about self-awareness, with students finding out about themselves and their strengths and weaknesses. This helps them to understand how their working life and the choices they make will fundamentally affect their future. Students are introduced to Careers resources and have experience of using Kudos (a guidance software program). Guest speakers from local colleges visit the school to inform students about the study routes available to them.

Key Stage 4

Work Related Learning sessions continue at GCSE with lessons that are designed to deliver quality education and guidance to students and to prepare them the world of work. Topics covered include the construction of CVs, personal statements, letters of application and interview skills.

Form Tutors

For many, the first point of contact will be the student’s form tutor who can refer them to a member of the CIAG and Work Related Learning team. Form tutors deliver CIAG and work related learning activities in form time. 

Subject Teachers

Work related learning lessons have been embedded into the curriculum at Key Stage 3 and 4 across all subjects. 


As a parent or carer, you have a leading role when your child is making decisions about their career. Talking to your child about careers is important. Not only when they are making big decisions, such as subject choices and what to do when they leave school, but also throughout their school lives and beyond. It is important to be prepared and feel confident when they come to you for advice. Below is lots of useful information and links to websites to support you in assisting your child with their future career choices. Your son/daughter can complete Barclays life skills lessons at home which will give them access to work experience opportunities at Barclays, and learn essential life skills and careers related learning. 

Win that Job Parents Guide

National Careers Week have developed an outstanding resource to support parents in 'steering' their son/daughter towards the correct job/career. Follow this link for more information regarding how to obtain a copy of National Careers Week's free 12 page 'A Guide for Parents: Steering your teenager toward a job and career'. Click here.


Download the document below for a parents’ guide to careers guidance.

Cascaid: A Parents' Guide to Careers Guidance

My World of Work

Follow this link to the My World of Work website. This website allows you to support your child with building a career options profile.

My World of Work Parent Guide

Moving On Magazine

Follow this link to Moving On Magazine. This is an online platform with information and advice relating to young people and careers.

Moving On Magazine

Careers Writers Association 

This website includes really useful careers advice and guidance from the Careers Writers Association

Careers Writers Association: Guidance for Parents

Information from the National Careers Service

Follow the link below for parental guidance from the National Careers Service.  

National Careers Service: What Parents/ Carers Need to Know

The Guardian University League Tables Interactive Tool

Follow the link below to use The Guardian's interactive university league table guide. 

The Guardian University League Tables Tool

CV Writing

Advice and guidance on supporting your son/daughter with writing a CV/cover letter can be found below.

Example CVs (Target Jobs)
How to write a CV (Prospects)
How to write a CV (Reed)
Your CV (Help4Teens)

Interview Techniques and Tips

Advice and guidance on supporting your son/daughter with their interview techniques can be found below.

Interview Advice (National Careers Service)
Interview Techniques (Target Jobs)
Interview Techniques (Reed)
Interview Tips (Prospects)

What are the options for Post-16 Education?

There are a range of options available for continuing to study, Post 16. Your son/daughter will need to apply for either A Levels, or a Level 3 course of study. Most post-16 education establishments will require them to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Band 4 (some courses of study will have further requirements).  

What do the different levels of study mean?

Confused about study options and levels?

Level 1 – GCSEs at grade D and below/band 4 and below
Level 2 – 5 or more GCSEs at grade C and above/band 5 and above
Level 3 – A Levels, AS Levels, BTEC Level 3

For more information of the full range of qualifications and their levels visit the National Careers Service.

Choosing what to study

This takes careful consideration and research. Your son/daughter will need to consider the subjects they are strong in, that keep their interest and that they enjoy. There is more information about subject related careers on the Our Curriculum section of the school website.

There are plenty of sources of help available for their research:

Post-16 Schools and Colleges

There are a number of local schools and colleges which will offer a wide range of courses and provision such as A Levels, Apprenticeships and work-related (vocational) studies. Your son/daughter can find prospectuses for many of the schools/colleges online. They can look at their websites for further details on what they offer, and for details of their open days and application process. Some of these can be found below.

Haberdashers' Adams Grammar School
Newcastle-under-Lyme College
Reaseheath College
Cheshire College
St Joseph's College
Stoke 6th Form College

Traineeships and Apprenticeships

A Traineeship is an introduction-level programme that combines a work placement with training, it helps to prepare young people for the world of work and supports with English and Mathematics if required.

Apprenticeships are available at Intermediate, Advanced and Higher/Degree levels, and are available in a wide range of employment sectors. The length of time that it takes to complete is dependent on the level and occupation. All Apprenticeships are real jobs so young people on the programme can earn a salary.

All Apprenticeship opportunities must be advertised on the National Apprenticeships Website. Your son/daughter must be registered on this site to apply. They are allowed to start an Apprenticeship once they have reached the compulsory education leaving date, after the last Friday in June.

More information about Apprenticeships can be found using the links below.

What is an Apprenticeship?
National Apprenticeships Website 
The Apprenticeship Guide
Interserve Learning and Employment

What are the Post Year 13 Further Education options?


Many students will consider University as a natural progression from their level 3 studies. The following websites are an excellent source of information.

Complete University Guide
Which? University

Higher/Degree Apprenticeship

An alternative to University, these Higher Level Apprenticeships are advertised on the National Apprenticeships Website.