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Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance


Lipson Co-operative Academy places Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at the very heart of both our curriculum and pastoral care.   This is exemplified by the Investor in Careers Award which we retained in 2018, making us one of a few schools to have held it seven times with the assessor describing the Academy’s determination to never give up on student as a real strength. “Lipson Cooperative Academy has developed a set of core values associated with supporting students to achieve their ambitions that is exemplary. Where other organizations may tell students they have failed to ‘make the grade’ for their intended progression, Academy staff work with students to develop learning plans that provide alternative pathways to the same (or very similar) ends and so provide that extra effort to support students

The real strength of our CEIAG model is its developmental nature, taking into consideration an individual student’s ever changing needs and career aspirations as they progress through their Key Stage 3 and 4 and on into post 16 education; we endeavour to make these transitions as seamless as possible and students are continually asked to reflect on their learning and progression, thereby preparing them for success in life outside school.  Parents are also invited to be a part of the IAG process, establishing an on-going and effective dialogue between the college and parents so as to meet the best interest of all students.

Nowhere is our commitment to CEIAG more evident than in our staff. Vice Principal Tracy Ashton maintains a strategic approach to CEIAG, which is coordinatoed at an operational level by the Sixth Form/Careers Leader, Rebecca Marshall.  Our CEIAG  in-house career advice is supported by a Personal Advisor from CSW (Careers South West), offering impartial 1-1 interviews, assemblies and group work on all education and employment opportunities available to students, including Higher Education, apprenticeships and other work based learning. 

In addition, all students in Years 7 and 8 have Careers Education lessons, timetabled as part of the PSHEE programme. There is also a planned programme of Careers events, advice and guidance for all students in Years 7 – 13 including work experience in Year 10 and Sixth Form, Careers Fairs, employer, alumni and university visits as well as activities delivered through the SMSC tutor programme, teachers and subject departments. Lipson Cooperative Academy engages with a range of local and regional employers and is also part of the Enterprise Advisor Scheme with the Careers and Enterprise Company.  A copy of our Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Policy and Programme is available here.

Careers education, information, advice and guidance is vital to our students and the economy.  Young people face more options than ever before in education, training and employment and it therefore suggests that good careers education, information, advice and guidance and work related learning opportunities enables them to make choices wisely and helps them to achieve their potential.


Rebecca Marshall
Sixth Form Leader
Careers Lead


Please click here to review our Investor In Careers Reassessment Report  


If you require further information in relation to our careers programme, you can contact Rebecca Marshall via email rmarshall@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk or by phone 01752 671318. 

Lipson Cooperative Academy has worked with the following employers during the last two academic years - 2016/17 and 2017/18.

Impartial Careers Interviews    


Lipson Cooperative Academy fulfils its statutory requirement to offer all students impartial and independent careers advice and guidance by commissioning CSW (embedded link) (Careers South West). Advisor support is available at Lipson each week and interviews may be requested by emailing Karen Berry kberry@lipson.plymouth.sch.uk or by speaking to your Tutor or Head of Guild. Parents/Carers are very welcome to attend an interview with their child. CSW Advisors also attend key Parents Evenings such as the Year 8 Options Evening and the Sixth Form Open Evening.


Useful Career Links for Students and Parents


CareerPilot – Plan your future work and study  - https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/

Skills and Employability in Plymouth - https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/investmentandgrowth/strategicgrowth/skillsandemployability

National Careers Service - https://nationalcareersservice.direct.gov.uk/#

Find an Apprenticeship - https://www.gov.uk/apply-apprenticeship

University and College Admissions Service – www.ucas.com

Further Education Provider Database – www.ucasprogress.com


Heart of the South West Local Labour Market Information – Want to find out more about the industries and jobs local to Plymouth?

Advanced Engineering


Creative and Digital

Health and Life Sciences



Professional Services



Hospitality and Visitor Economy


This information is subject to a formal review in July 2019 by Rebecca Marshall. Interim reviews and updates are made throughout the year.