'Pupils display respectful and tolerant attitudes towards each other and are keen to get involved in fundraising activities for charities.'Ofsted 2018
'Staff deal with any incidents quickly and efficiently. Pupils are clear about the consequences and sanctions associated with specific actions.'Ofsted 2018

Code of Practice

St Aidan’s Catholic Academy is working towards the Quality in Careers Standard.

This is awarded by Inspiring IAG which is a Licensed Awarding Body for the national standard.

The aim of the award is to:

  1. Ensure young people get the support they need to make well informed, realistic decisions about their future through careers education, information, advice and guidance.
  2. Have appropriate, up to date, accurate and impartial information and resources that all young people can access regardless of race, gender, religion, ability, disability, social background or sexual orientation.
  3. Ensure the organisational policies relating to careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) are up to date and regularly reviewed and reflect this code of practice.
  4. Empower young people by informing them of how they can access CEIAG to help them plan their future and make well informed, realistic decisions.
  5. Provide young people from year 8 onwards access to impartial professionally qualified careers guidance[1] and ensure formal regular assessment arrangements are carried out of the guidance practitioner, by appropriately qualified[2] senior staff to determine ongoing competency.
  6. Offer all young people access to impartial and independent[3] careers guidance[4], at a time and place that suits their needs.
  7. Ensure that all staff working with young people are offered and access ongoing training about qualifications/progression pathways and other relevant subjects and that there is a formal system in place to ensure the competency of all staff in delivering CEIAG.
  8. Work in partnership, where appropriate, with opportunity providers including employers, FE and training providers, and youth support services.
  9. Working with parents/carers to offer them information, advice and guidance to help them, help their son/daughter.
  10. Involve young people in the design, delivery and evaluation of CEIAG programmes.
  11. Promote equality of opportunity, celebrating diversity, challenging stereotypes and raising aspirations.
[1] “Professionally qualified” means an approved Career Development Institute (CDI) advice and guidance qualification at level 6 or above
[2] “Appropriately qualified” in this context means careers advice and guidance qualified
[3]“ Independent” means external to the organisation
[4] “Career guidance” as defined by the DfE. “Careers Inspiration in Schools” March 2015