At Millais we value the importance of having a comprehensive careers programme. Our aim is to support every student so that they develop employability skills and knowledge of the next steps after GCSE.
Alongside careers education incorporated into the Personal Development curriculum, the students have the chance to meet with a our in-house Careers Advisor, to discuss their individual needs and develop a tailored programme that will allow them to make informed, confident choices about their post 16 future.
The Careers provision at Millais is based around the Gatsby Benchmarks, which are seen as the gold standard in careers education. The 8 Benchmarks are:
- A stable career programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experience of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal Guidance
If you would like to find out more about our careers programme, please email [email protected].
Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Programme (CEIAG)
(Reviewed Annually in July)
Career Interviews: Groups / Individual
Interviews are available to targeted pupils and upon request. This offer communicated to all students and parents in Year 11.
Available during break time and lunchtime on scheduled days when the Careers Advisor is in school.
Options in Year 9
Options taught via Personal Development curriculum as well as targeted support interviews for specific pupils. There is a full options information programme across PD lessons, assemblies, an Options Fair and an information event, which parents attend with their daughters. All Year 9 tutors are involved with the process so they can help to reassure pupils with the decision making process.
‘Life beyond Millais’ Activities Week Event for Year 10
All of Year 10 participate in this four-day event in July, during Activities Week. The event consists of talks from members of the local professional community, representation from all local post 16 providers, a visit to a university taster day and experience of the world of work for one day. There is also an evening event to help parents support their daughters with their post 16 choices. Pupils complete a booklet of activities over the four days which they can then use as a springboard for making choices in Year 11.
Local Further Education Colleges & Apprenticeship Information
Local colleges are invited into assemblies in addition to an information evening in school, which parents can also attend.
An apprenticeship, vocational route and T-level workshop is available to all pupils in Year 11 in the Autumn Term.
Personalised Career Advice
All Year 11 pupils are issued with a login to access Kudos careers website at home and in school. Year 11 PD lessons are used to show pupils around the system so that they can make use of this at home. Details are also emailed home to parents so they can work on this with their daughters.
Post 16 Options
Detailed coverage in Year 11 tutor time, through the assembly rota and PD lessons. Pupils are guided through the college or apprenticeship application process and local sixth form colleges come into school to conduct interviews for applicants.
Linking Curriculum to Careers
Pupils in year groups 8-11 partake in STEM career events including the Millais & Gatwick STEM Challenge supported by Gatwick Airport and a Millais School STEM Careers Fair in the Spring term supported by a wide range of companies. There are also opportunities for students from years 8-11 to attend careers talks from a number of different professionals and to visit STEM related businesses.
Year 11 students have the opportunity to take part in a curriculum linked learning experience based around the dissection of real anatomical specimens in an operating theatre, which is constructed in the school hall. Each year many students attend the Science live trip, an all-day event where pupils get to hear from scientists who are at the top of their field delivering talks on their latest and most exciting work. We also take a number of students to the Big Bang fair, which is a collaboration of many companies who have science at their core; each company will have a stall that shows student just where science can take them in their careers.
Every year group attend an author talk with a focus on writing as a career and author experiences of the world of work – these also feature aspects of working is physics, with the police, as a model, for example.