Careers, Information, Advice and Guidance

Employer Engagement at Magdalen College School, Brackley

We know that many employers in the UK have concerns about skills gaps and the work-readiness of some young people. Magdalen College School is a member of the SEMLEP Careers and Enterprise Network, part of the national Careers and Enterprise Company programme.

Our aim is to ensure that young people leave our school with the skills, competencies, knowledge, appropriate qualifications and attitudes needed by employers for both their own career development and to enable them to make a positive contribution to their community and to be economically successful.

We need your help. We are looking for passionate employers from businesses and other organisations to help our students and thus shape the future workforce and bring the world of work to life for the next generation.

The following high impact activities are used to work in partnership with businesses to help our students prepare for the world of work:

  • Employer talks
  • Business site visits
  • Mentoring
  • Enterprise activities
  • Work experience and job shadowing
  • Mock interviews and CV preparation

If you can help with an engagement or for further information, contact Dr Nick Dixon (Head of Science and Careers Leader) at nick.dixon@magdalen.northants.sch.uk

Careers' Programme

Please click on this link CIAGS at MCS that shows the key points in the school year in which our students cover Careers Information, Advice, Guidance and Support (CIAGS).

A brief description of our careers programme can be found below separated into year groups. For further details of any aspect of our provision, please contact our Careers Leader, Dr Nick Dixon at nick.dixon@magdalen.northants.sch.uk or on 01280 846300.

Regional information about career vacancies is regularly provided. This is called Labour Market Information (LMI). Please click on this link LMI East Midlands for a summary of this for our region.

A regional organisation called SEMLEP (South East Midlands Learning Area Partnership) has produced a webpage with extra Labour Market Information for our area. It can be found here: https://www.semlep.com/labour-market-information/

Year 8:

On our second Extended Learning Day in term 2, all students complete a day focussed upon maths in industry, which is linked to careers. The third Extended Learning Day in term 4, is focussed upon options choices where students have taster sessions in all subjects that they have not been taught prior to GCSE. The Year 8 Options Evening is in term 3. After this, all students have an interview with a member of senior staff to discuss their options.

Year 9:

On our second Extended Learning Day in term 2, all students will visit the Skills Show at the NEC where will meet hundreds of employers and learn about their post-16 career choices. On our third Extended Learning Day in term 4, all students complete a day focussed upon plastics and the environment, which is linked to careers.

Year 10:

In term 2, all students meet for a ten minute interview with a member of senior staff to review exam experience, post-16 aspirations and actions for Year 10. On our third Extended Learning Day in term 4, all students visit Coventry University to learn about their post-18 choices. Students spend one week on work experience in our Extended Learning Week in term 6. Assemblies throughout Year 10 will be focussed upon career choices.

Please click Parent Pack to download the latest parent pack on apprenticeships.

Year 11:

In term 3, all students meet for a ten minute interview with a member of senior staff to review internal exams, revision, plans for post-16, balance of commitments and well-being. On our first Extended Learning Day in term 1, all students complete a day focussed upon life skills which is linked to careers.

Please click Parent Pack to download the latest parent pack on apprenticeships.

Year 12:

In term 5, all students meet for a ten minute interview with a member of senior staff to reflect on the year so far (engagement and effort), review UCAS aspirations and post-18 plans and preparation for end of year exams. On our third Extended Learning Day in term 4, all students will visit Reading University to learn about their post-18 choices. Year 12 will also visit Bedford University in term 5 for the UCAS Fayre where they can meet representatives from many universities and sign up for talks on the courses and the application process.

Year 13:

In term 3, all students meet for a ten minute interview with a member of senior staff to review internal exams, look at progress towards UCAS or other destinations, preparation for mock exams and a discussion around education versus employment. On our first Extended Learning Day in term 1, all students complete a day focussed upon UCAS and/or alternative post-18 provision. On our second Extended Learning Day in term 2, all students visit the Skills Show at the NEC where they can meet hundreds of employers and learn about their post-18 career choices.

Careers interviews

Half hour careers interviews will take place on ten non-consecutive days spread throughout the year. Disadvantaged students are prioritised. Students can request an interview or be referred for one by their Form Tutor or Leader of Learning.

Evaluation

An evaluation of the impact of our careers program will be taken in the summer term of each academic year and will be published in this section of our school website. After the majority of the events listed above, all students and their teachers will be asked for their comments. These will be summarised in the aforementioned document and feed into the development plan for the following year. We greatly value the input of students, parents/carers and all other members of our community. If you would like to contribute to this evaluation please contact our Dr Nick Dixon using the details above.