Careers Advice

Welcome to Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Mortimer Community College.

Mrs J.Melia is the school’s Careers Leader with the clear remit to support students throughout the school in developing and achieving their career goals.

Our schools goal is to raise aspirations of all of our students and give them impartial careers advice, information and guidance that will allow them to make informed decisions about their future.

In our school reception, we display posters of ex-Mortimer students who have achieved success in a variety of different ways. All students benefit form seeing these posters on a daily basis.

For more information contact Mrs Melia on Alternatively the named staff member can be contacted via the schools reception on: 0191 456 6511.

Aims and Benchmarks


The CEIAG programme at Mortimer is designed to meet the needs of all of our students. It is differentiated and personalised to ensure progression through activities that are appropriate to students’ stages of career learning, planning and development. Careers education at Mortimer follows the recommendations and statutory requirements from the Association of Careers Education and Guidance framework (ACEG) and incorporates Gatsby benchmarks. Our programme is centred on three aims:

  1. Self-development – understand themselves and influences on them
  2. Career exploration – investigate opportunities in learning and work
  3. Career management – make and adjust plans to manage change and transition

Gatsby Benchmarks

We are working towards meeting all of the Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020.

These benchmarks are:

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

We have developed our careers curriculum offer in line with the document Careers Strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents, which was published by the Department For Education in December 2017.  This sets out the statutory requirements for careers education in school which we have followed in developing our careers curriculum.

For more details of our careers curriculum provision please see the attached document:

Careers Curriculum Provision 2018/19

Measuring Impact

Our school measures and assesses the impact of our careers programme on students by the percentage of students staying in education or going into employment after key stage 4.

Current Data

Current verified data shows 99.3% of our students from our 2017 cohort remained in education or went on to employment after finishing key stage 4.

This is in line with England and South Tyneside LEA’s average of 94% of students remaining in education or employment post key stage 4.

Information for employers and training providers

Here at Mortimer we are always looking to build strong links with business and industry. If you are interested in working with the school on any of the following projects please contact Mrs J Melia on

  • Involvement in school careers fair
  • Mentoring classes/groups of students
  • Delivering industry workshops in school
  • Delivering assemblies
  • School visits to the workplace