Careers Information, Advice and Guidance
At Blundell’s we are committed to the provision of innovative and flexible ways to help the students make informed choices about their futures, develop the skills required to enhance their employability and contribute positively to the world they live in.
Young people need support in four main areas to help them make wise choices about their progression through learning and work:
- Careers education – a planned programme in the curriculum that helps them gain the knowledge and develop skills for planning and managing their careers
- Work related learning – experiences within the curriculum and outside school which help them learn about, for and through work
- Personalised support and guidance – help for individuals to enable them to review, plan and manage their learning and progression to the next stage
- Careers guidance – help from specialist advisers with knowledge of opportunities and the pathways to and through them, so they can identify their long-term goals and plan steps to attain them
The department is situated centrally and open throughout the school day. It offers:
- A well-resourced Careers Library
- IT suite
- Careers office
Students and parents are encouraged to use the facilities of the department and to take advantage of the professional advice and guidance either by request or referral.
Parents are also informed via:
- Academic forums held prior to parents meetings in Years 9 to 13
- Department mailings/newsletters
- Webpage resources
- Careers Twitter account
Information, Advice and Guidance Programme
In the Sixth form students follow the ‘Futures’ programme. In addition to the personal, social and health PSHE aspects this includes:
Post-18 briefing, university/college open days, mock interviews, student finance, UCAS – decisions, confirmation and clearing, gap year fair...
Work experience debrief and presentations, skills and potential, leadership, post-18 options, Unifrog, UCAS, apprenticeships, employment, taking a year out, university/college open days, Extended Project Qualification, UCAS convention, personal statement, curriculum vitae, careers tasters.
Morrisby Online assessment, 1:1 guidance discussion, post -16 options, work experience preparation, employability event, introduction to the sixth form, visit to local careers convention, post-GCSE work experience placement...
Year 9 and 10
Introduction to the Careers Centre and staff, careers elements within the PSHE programme – self-awareness, career exploration and career management, Introduction to KUDOS, CV writing...
Careers Lunches provide an opportunity for interested students to find out more from current professionals. Recent events have included: life as a RM officer, a digital career, marketing, construction industry and clinical psychology.
Mentoring Events provide an opportunity for current students to network with parents, OB’s and employers.
Mentoring Programmes are in place for students interested in applying to Oxford and Cambridge or for Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and Dentistry.
The Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy/Marine Liaison Officers visit twice a year.