Careers, Futures and Independent Advice and Guidance

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.

Click on the link below to view a Powerpoint about the International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, which is a two-year course offered at Truro College which students may consider as an excellent alternative to A Levels. Presented by Angie Liversedge, IB Coordinator.

https://bit.ly/2TtbWN7

College Visits

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.

Work Experience

Work experience is a fantastic opportunity for pupils to show employers what they are capable of doing. It looks good on a pupils CV and is valued by employers.

Pupils need to decide what it is they want out of it and we ask our students:

  • Do you want to find out more about a particular career area or specific job?
  • Do you want a chance to enhance your CV or a College application form when applying for a job or course?
  • Do you need to do work experience as part of your course or future career?

Great Reasons to do Work Experience

  • It builds self-confidence and allows pupils to show an employer that they have the right attitude to work and that they are flexible, enthusiastic and willing to learn.
  • It helps pupils decide if the career path they have chosen is right for them and they will have the opportunity to network with employers.
  • It can give students experience of using skills which can be mentioned on CV’s or College application forms.

Types of Work Experience

Placements

Block placement – Pupils undertake a block placement in Year 10.

In this school Block work experience is a week out of school working alongside an employer.  The employer will put a programme together and students will complete a work experience diary.

Pupils may do work experience again in College – this will probably be a one day per week placement and will relate to the course they are studying.

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.

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

Year 10
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.

Year 11
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.

Mullion School Careers Plan 

The Careers programme includes careers education sessions, career guidance activities, information  and research activities, work-related learning and individual learning activities.

Careers education is delivered through a range of mediums including Assemblies, bespoke events,  RSHE lessons and by tutor times as directed by the Career Lead at  appropriate points throughout the academic year. Individual faculties are responsible for organising  and incorporating careers into their curriculum.

The above is the minimum we as a school strive to provide  in terms of CEIAG. Other  opportunities may arise throughout the year from third party providers.

NB: Careers activity has obviously been dramatically reduced  for the past 18 -20 months due to COVID restrictions. We Hope to provide a full range of activities going forward however this  is subject to any further Covid restrictions during  the 2021-22 academic year. 

 

Year 7 Careers Education Plan 

Term  Activity  Detail  Audience
Autumn
October  Assemblies  Talk by Year 11 students about decisions they are having to make. Whole Year  

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Spring
March  Tutorial x4 Talk from members of support school support staff. X4 Role on rotation around each tutor group. Technician / TA / SRO / Sarah rudd / SB/DL Whole Year  

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Summer
June  Assembly  Talk from Alumni  Whole Year  

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July  Assembly Local business person – Job description, history,

Best bits and worst bits. Q & A

Whole year  

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Year 8 Careers Education Plan

Term  Activity  Detail  Audience
Autumn
October Tutorial  Students record the following 

Achievements 

Hopes for the future 

Interest/Hobbies 

Qualifications/Certificates 

Skills and Qualities

Whole Year  

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Interviews  Pupil Premium Students attend Careers interview  with Careers 4u Pupil Premium  Students
November Tutorial  Students register with Career pilot  Whole Year  

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Spring
February  Tutorial  Options Post 16  – video presentation Whole Year  

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March /April Tutorial ‘I Love My Job’ talks by x4 outside speakers rotating around tutor groups. Whole Year  

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Summer
July  Tutorial  l Careers Student Evaluation  Whole Year  

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Year 9 Careers Education Plan

Term  Activity  Detail  Audience
Autumn
October Tutorial  Students update the following 

• Achievements 

• Hopes for the future 

• Interest/Hobbies 

• Qualifications/Certificates 

• Skills and Qualities             

Whole Year  

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November  Tutorial  Job Sector research activity

Case Studies – 

Whole Year  

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December Assembly  Alumni students talk about their experience  Whole Year  

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Spring
March  Tutorial  Learning about Labour Market information (LMI Whole Year  

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March  Assembly  Employer Assembly  Whole Year  

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Summer
June  Assembly  Alumni Students talking about their experience and  pathways Whole Year  

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July Event  Speed networking, employers event plus careers advice from employment agency / job centre ? Whole Year  

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July  Tutorial  Student Evaluation  Whole Year  

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Year 10 Careers Education Plan

Term  Activity  Detail  Audience
Autumn
September  Tutorial  Students update the following 

• Achievements 

• Hopes for the future 

• Interest/Hobbies 

• Qualifications/Certificates 

• Skills and Qualities

Whole Year  

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October  Assembly  Work Experience Assembly tbc Whole Year  

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October  Event  Work Experience Launch tbc All Parents  

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December  Assembly  Top Ten Employers in Cornwall  Whole Year  

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Spring
January  RSHE Work Experience Health and Safety Preparation  Whole Year  

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January  RSHE Work Experience Health and Safety Preparation  Whole Year  

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February  RSHE Work Experience Health and Safety

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Whole Year  

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February  RSHE Work Experience Health and Safety preparation Whole Year  

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March  Event  Cornwall Skills Show  Whole Year  

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April  RSHE Work Experience Health and Safety Preparation Rights and Responsibilities Whole Year  

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Summer
May  Assembly  Truro College Taster Day Assembly tbc Whole Year  

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May  Assembly  Cornwall College Taster Day Assembly tbc Whole Year  

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July  Visit  Cornwall College Taster Day tbc Whole Year  

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July  Visit  Truro College Taster Day tbc Whole Year  

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July  Work  

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1 Week of Work Experience  Whole Year  

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Year 11 Careers Education Plan

Term  Activity  Detail  Audience
Autumn
September  Assembly  Cornwall College Presentation  Whole Year  

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October  Tutorial  Key CEIAG dates  Whole Year  

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October  Assembly  Helston Sixth form presentation Whole Year  

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October  Assembly  Truro/ Penwith college Presentation  Whole Year  

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  October Visit Truro college post 16 options talk and tour Whole Year  

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Autumn Term Interviews  Careers 4u  Whole Year  

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November  Assembly  Apprenticeship Assembly  Whole year  

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December  Tutorial Mock Interviews – tbc Whole Year  

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December  Assembly  Alumni students talking about their experiences  Whole Year  

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Spring
January  RSHE Decisions 

16+ Application

Whole Year  

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January  Assembly  National Citizenship Service  Whole Year  

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January  RSHE Update CV  Whole Year  

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February  RSHE  Interview Technique  Whole Year  

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Summer
May  Tutorial  Alumni Sign Up  Whole Year  

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May  Tutorial  Annual Careers Student Evaluation  Whole Year  

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Measuring the impact of our careers programme:

To enable us to effectively review our careers provision we use the Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.

Using the Gatsby Compass tool we conduct a self-review against the benchmarks every term which enables us to evaluate the impact of our provision regularly, making our careers programme dynamic and able to respond to the changing needs of our students and the wider workplace. Interim reviews take place at the end of each term and relevant updates will be published on this webpage during September each year.

We also talk to our pupils and employers – a lot! This enables us to make sure that what we offer both follows national guidelines and remains relevant to the needs of our community.

We review our careers offer termly to ensure all information we supply to our school community is current.

Diversity and Equality:

At Mullion School we realise that different types of career guidance and opportunities should be offered at different stages in a young person’s life.  We ensure that diversity and equality is embedded in the school’s career programme and challenge stereotypical thinking to raise aspirations.