The concept of ‘career’ is explored in it’s broadest sense, as a pathway through life; from past experience, through present actions, towards possible futures – not simply ‘employment’.
The processes of informing, advising and guiding pupils are accorded a high priority and are seen as crucial in preparing pupils to make decisions regarding the opportunities and challenges of adult and working life.
Mullion School works collaboratively with a range of providers within the learning community in Cornwall to enhance it’s curriculum offered to pupils. Mullion is committed to developing quality Information and Guidance provision in agreement with it’s partners, to ensure that the best range of progression opportunities are available and that consistency of delivery ensures all pupils receive impartial high quality Information and Guidance.
The Careers Department Policy is available to view and a copy may be requested from Reception.
Mullion school organises visits to local colleges throughout Year 10 and 11. The pupils have the opportunity to tour the establishments, view the facilities and speak with lecturing staff. We advise that pupils make use of these trips and visit more than one college in order to make a comparison and make an informed decision about which establishment they would prefer to attend on leaving school.
Mullion school has a programme of sessions where various colleges and employers visit the school to give information on different courses. The staff that come from the colleges are those that teach on the courses so are able to give specific information and answer any questions pupils may have. Both year 10 and 11 pupils are encouraged to make use of these sessions.
Careers Resource Area
The Careers Department is located in the new school Library, this is the building to the right as you walk down the main school pathway towards Reception. The Careers Resource Area is also situated within the library, information on a variety of colleges, courses, universities and career options can be accessed here. The Careers Resources Area is kept well stocked with prospectuses from all the local colleges and pupils are able to take these prospectuses home.
Every two years the school organises a fayre where all the major colleges, universities, employers and training organisations are available to talk to all pupils and the parents of year 10 and 11 pupils. The Careerscope event is a large and hugely successful event which pupils and parents alike find very informative.
Careers South West Group
CSW Group are an external careers and counselling service. The CSW personal advisor is a trained advisor who is able to give tailored specific advice and guidance to any pupil at Mullion School. The CSW PA is available at school on Friday mornings to talk to pupils and parents; pupils will need to book an appointment through the careers office.
Key Stage 3
Careers Education is taught through the Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) lessons. Topics covered include equal opportunities, self-awareness and in Year 9 subject choice, in preparation for choosing their options for Year 10. ‘Which Way Now’ is a publication we provide for youngsters which we share with parents in year 9 and this explains the options available. The CSW PA is available to pupils at Key Stage 3 to give advice and to discuss the choosing of subjects for Key Stage 4.
Key Stage 4
Parents are invited to a meeting early in September where the focus is on the academic programme of Key Stage 4 and the support provided for the choices which lie ahead. There is opportunity to meet the advisor from CSW who contributes to the Careers programme delivered through PSHE lessons.
Work experience takes part at the end of Year 10 and gives the pupils the opportunity to gain experience working in an area of their choice. The work experience programme provides pupils with the opportunity to fulfil the entry requirement that many college courses now have of expecting candidates to have some relevant work experience. Work experience also provides pupils with the opportunity to practice many social, life and work skills such as communicating effectively with colleagues, customers and managers. Pupils learn about organising themselves and managing their time well.
At the beginning of the Autumn term school sends out a leaflet to parents via pupils which focuses on informing parents and pupils on where to get information and advice regarding choices pupils will need to make in Year 11. The pupils are prepared through PSHE lessons for the transition from school to further education / apprenticeship and are informed of all the options available to them on leaving school.
Pupils complete their college applications in their PSHE lessons. One to one help is available to pupils to help them and school process all applications and forward them to the relevant organisations. Mullion School has a continuing record of ensuring that 100 % of our pupils continue into either full time further education, apprenticeship or training.
Pupils are taught through PSHE sessions what should go into a Record of Achievement and how to compile this essential portfolio for colleges to view at interview. Part of the ROA is the CV and pupils in Year 11 all write a CV and personal statement as part of the teaching programme for careers. The employer’s report, which pupils will have had through their work experience in Year 10, is another essential part of the ROA.