Careers and Post 16 support
Moving on from Richard Lander School is a student journey which we do our very best to make as seamless as possible. This journey starts in Year 7 making sure students have as much information as possible to start considering their future choices.
Students from Years 10 and 11 have dedicated sessions in our annual careers fair which usually happens in November and is held in school. Students in years 7-9 have the opportunity to visit the fair during lunchtime. Here students can see some of the many opportunities on offer to them through visiting trade stands provided by local further education colleges, businesses, apprenticeship providers and the Armed Services.
Throughout the academic year local colleges and post 16/post 18 providers come into school to raise student awareness across ALL year groups of the options they offer.
Year 10 students attend Experience Days at both Truro College and Cornwall College where they enjoy taster lessons in the options they are considering to study
Careers information is displayed around the school and the careers noticeboard which is situated outside Student Reception is kept up to date with open events. These events are also advertised in the Bulletin and on Moodle. Truro College holds an open evening exclusively for Richard Lander School students once a year, although students and parents are, of course, welcome at all open evenings at local colleges throughout the year.
All key stage 4 tutor groups have a careers box of prospectuses, information and resources for students and tutors to use as required.
All year 11 students are supported with small group or individual careers interviews provided by fully qualified internal and external provider. Students needing further careers advice can request a conversation with our in house advisor or there are numerous websites they can use for their own research. We make good use of Career Pilot https://www.careerpilot.org.uk/ to support our students post 16 choices. We also use this site to store the information given to them from the careers advisor they have seen.
Students are given time and support from staff to complete their online post 16 applications during tutor sessions.
At Richard Lander School we appreciate that the choices made at 16 will affect university course choice and our careers support always reflects this.
Measuring Impact. Our careers programme results in high transition rates to colleges or apprenticeships and low numbers of NEETs. We have low fall-out rates from post-16 courses at local colleges. Student feedback after in-school events is always positive and student voice is consistently positive about our careers offer. Our school improvement partner when interviewing students has been impressed with student clarity of thought about the future and how Richard Lander School has prepared them.
Please see the links below for further information.