Lipson The Co-operative Academy

Lipson Co-operative Academy


Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

We are pleased to announce that Lipson Co-operative Academy has been reaccredited with the Investor in Careers Award until 2017, following a very successful reassessment on the 6th February.  The assessor highlighted the following as examples of excellent practice in his report:
  • The cooperative model has created an environment in which CEIAG (careers education, information, advice and guidance) and work related learning is implicitly embedded. 
  • The national standards for careers education and guidance have been clearly mapped and operate through a wide range of activities within the curriculum, student participation in governance and community engagement 
  • The Young Cooperatives initiative is a best practice model of developing work related and enterprise skills
  • The vocational post 16 programme is extensive and progressive.
  • The Guild vertical tutoring system allows young students to learn from those who are older and so helps sustain the model and succession
The full report can be accessed below. Many thanks to the students, staff (from Lipson and CSW) and governors who spoke to the assessor on the day.  Your input was very valuable and much appreciated  


Rebecca Marshall
Assistant Head of Sixth Form
Careers Lead


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


Investors in careers

Investors in Careers 2014 Award Report

Lipson Co-operative Academy places Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at the very heart of both our curriculum and pastoral care.   This is exemplified by the Investor in Careers Award which we retained in 2010, making us one of a few schools to have held it five times with the assessor describing our CEIAG model as exemplary and showing good IAG leadership; all staff engage in delivering IAG from teachers discussing careers relating to particular subject areas and pastoral tutors engaging with students’ aspirations as part of learning conversations.  Every member of staff can be a source of information, advice and guidance.

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 4 and post 16 education; we endeavour to make the transition to post 16 education as seamless as possible and students are continually asked to reflect on their learning and progression, thereby preparing them for success in life outside college.  Parents are an integral 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 professional career staff; in-house career advice is supported by a team of Personal Advisors from Careers South West, offering 1-1 interviews on all education and employment opportunities available to students, including Higher Education, apprenticeships and other work based learning.  In addition, all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 have Careers Education lessons, timetabled as part of the compulsory element programme, studying financial literacy and the world of work including the Entry Level qualification in Workplace Hazard Awareness in preparation for work experience.

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.

Click here or on the image below to access the wide range of services offered by Careers South West; our partners in careers information, advice and guidance.


Careers South West


Careers South West are now offering an online advice service to ALL Lipson Co-operative Academy students to support the information, advice and guidance offered by Careers and Personal Adviser, Mike Shail in school. The ‘Adviser Online’ service is available Monday to Friday, 12noon – 8pm (excluding public holidays). You will be able to chat with a Careers South West Adviser who can offer information on career routes and subject choices, job searching, college courses, CV writing and more!   The Careers South West Adviser Online is accessible via the Careers South West

In addition, students can also access the free Careerpilot website and app. Click here for an easy guide on how to access this resource. 


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