Careers education is an integral part of the PSHE programme and is addressed as early as Year 7 with tutors and continues well after students leave through the opportunities for work experience and internships offered through Moreton Connect (see below). Students use the Career Investigator online tool in Year 8. In Year 9 the implications of choices at KS4 are examined and the Morrisby Fast Tomato online careers programme is introduced. As students progress towards GCSE choices they revisit this programme which helps them research qualifications and career opportunities for themselves under the guidance of their PSHE teachers.
The tutorial system provides advice on subject choices and parents are invited to presentations and to speak to teachers, tutors and the careers advisors. The school is a member of the Independent Schools Careers Organisation (ISCO).
The Morrisby online careers profiling is completed early in the summer term followed by individual interviews with the Careers Department. This allows students to discuss future A Level subjects, Higher Education courses and school leaver/higher apprenticeship programmes.
Careers advice runs throughout the year, ensuring that personal strengths, interests and career aspirations are carefully weighed up so that the best possible Sixth Form programme can be constructed for each individual. The annual Careers Convention in February gives the opportunity to listen to talks and to speak to a wide range of professionals and university representatives.
Preparations for application to Higher Education and other post-18 opportunities begin in the Autumn Term through talks and seminar work with tutors and individual interviews. Students attend the Careers Convention in February.
For students who are still unsure about their future direction, the Coursefinder website is recommended and Unifrog and Heap Online search tools help research specific courses and requirements.
In the summer term there is the opportunity to attend university Open Days - in recent years these have included Bath, Birmingham, Leeds, Liverpool, Nottingham and Oxford universities. Students are encouraged to attend the ISCO Experience Days and the London University Taster course days.
Under the continued provision of the Careers Department, UCAS forms are completed early in the Autumn Term. Applications to other institutions, such as Art colleges, Conservatoires and school leaver programmes are also completed at this time. From this point onwards guidance is of a very individual nature, and continues to be available when the A Level results are published and until every student has gained a place on a Higher Education course or training programme.
Careers Convention 2016
This year’s Careers Convention, held on Friday 12th February, was the biggest ever with over 70 delegates from a range of universities and professions represented. As well as parents and students from U5 and L6 we were also delighted to welcome pupils from The Marches, Oswestry and The Maelor School, Penley.
The opportunity to discuss Higher Education choices and career options is extremely valuable and the feedback from students, parents and delegates alike has been overwhelmingly positive. A number of delegates were so impressed by the calibre of students they met on the day they have already offered the opportunity of work experience placements and mini pupillages over the coming months.
Further information on Work Experience and other job opportunities are available on the Moreton Connect website. Click the link below: