At GAA, we use Xello as a platform to engage our students in exploring their career options. 

From Year 7, every student will have access to a Xello account where they can participate in self-guided lessons, and gain knowledge to support important career decisions.  As a parent, or carer, you can support your child to use this platform at home, which will be a continuation from the work completed in school.  This useful document will help your child to log-in to their personal Xello account.

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To support with making their post-16 choices, students will be offered a 1:1 appointment in KS4, as well as visits from local colleges and training providers, however, we would recommend that in Year 10 and 11, students are also supported at home to:

  • research local college websites
  • attend college open days


Labour Market Information (LMI) helps us to research jobs and careers, it includes:

  • Which jobs are likely to be available in the local area
  • Names of the largest employers in the area
  • Which skills employers are looking for and which skills are in short supply
  • Salary expectations
  • Information about the job role
  • Qualifications required for the job 
  • Which jobs will be in demand in the future

Supporting your child in researching this information will help them to make an informed decision on their future. It will help them narrow down career choices and allow them to consider what they might enjoy, the skills they need to improve, the qualifications they will require and salary expectations.

Useful LMI resources:


You can subscribe to this useful on-line magazine for parents free of charge:


Please use our Parent and Carer Evaluation Form to leave feedback on our careers service.



GAA benefits from support from our Tameside Enterprise Adviser from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority to ensure we provide effective Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance which meets all the criteria of the Gatsby Benchmarks and government statutory guidance.  We meet regularly to complete Compass evaluations and discuss ways in which our careers programme  can be improved.


Our career events are evaluated internally with pupil questionnaires, responses are then considered to make future improvements, and inform new events.


To fully evaluate our careers programme we give our stakeholders the opportunity to provide feedback and new ideas to the careers team, we use this feedback to continually improve our careers offer to students.

  • Parents – evaluation questionnaire
  • Employers – evaluation questionnaire and opportunity to support our careers programme
  • Teachers – teachers are consulted internally regarding the support they require to fully understand their role in the careers programme.


  • Along with our internal and external careers evaluation, the following data is used to evaluate our careers curriculum:
  • Destinations data
  • Exam results
  • Tameside management information
  • Progress data


The next review of the GAA careers programme will take place in September 2023.

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