Careers Education

Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance

To ensure children and young people, their parents carers, are informed and prepared to achieve aspirational next steps into adulthood and the world of work.

Our core aims:

  • All children and young people, parents carers and teachers have access to careers information, advice and guidance.
  • All children and young people are accessing and engaged in a meaningful and developmental careers education curriculum programme.
  • All children and young people transition to a variety of positive destinations.

The Polden Bower School has a crucial role to play in preparing our children and young people for transitions for their next stage of education, training or employment. Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) are an important and integral part of all children and young people's entitlement and learning here at Polden Bower to aid their personal development.

Through a planned careers education programme, we are committed to providing the appropriate activities and experiences to enable children and young people to make well-informed decisions and successful transitions in life and work. We support children and young people to prepare for their preferred transitional pathway whether that is to continue with further education, employment, training or living independently. We have a person-centred approach to children and young people's outcomes through our EHCP annual reviews process, where we work with all stakeholders to shape clear and ambitious targets for children and young people to prepare for their next steps.

Throughout the School our careers programme is known as ‘Futures’.

Futures is led by our Careers Leader, Ryan Parker-Binns 01278 496386

Our impartial and independent Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) is delivered by Emma France (Careers & Skills who works for Inspired To Achieve  


Useful links
Virtual Tours of BTC - Bridgwater & Taunton College
Somerset Education Business Partnership (SEBP)
SEBP Choice Guide for 16-19 Year Olds                                                                          Preparing for Adulthood: All Tools & Resources - NDTi
National Careers Service                                                                                                          Jobs and careers with EDF (
National Citizenship Service (NCS)
College and University Open Days
Find an apprenticeship
Amazing Apprenticeships
Milkround for School Leavers
Your Daughter’s Future – A guide to helps parents support daughters making career choices.
Somerset’s SEND Local Offer                                                                                              Supported Employment – Skill Up Somerset

Parents and carers can find the latest careers related opportunities in home-school books and on our school Twitter and Facebook pages.

Do you work in a business that could help provide work experience or opportunities for our children and young people?
We are always looking for local businesses that are wanting to inspire and educate our students about the world of work and expand and develop our ‘Futures’ curriculum. If you think you could help to provide invaluable work experience or opportunities that give children and young people the chance to develop core skills and motivation, in the first instance, please contact Ryan Parker-Binns


Employer Feedback Questionnaire

If you have engaged with our school through a careers event

 Employer: Careers Event Feedback Questionnaire 


Careerometer (LMI For All)

 This Career-o-meter can be used to explore and compare key information and help you learn about different occupations and identify potential next steps. It provides access to a selection of UK headline data relating to pay, weekly hours of work and future employment prospects for different occupations, as well as a description of the occupation. 


  • Simply type in the title of the job you are interested in and the widget provides a series of options from which you can select the most relevant to you
  • You can then look up another two occupations and compare
  • You can also select ‘display the UK average’ and compare the information with the occupation you have selected
  • Be aware that this is national average data, but you can use it to help you get a bigger picture of the potential opportunities on offer 

This information is updated annually and will be reviewed in March 2024.