Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance

In line with the SEND code of practice 2015 all students at Mill Green School receive help to plan for a successful transition to adulthood.  This includes setting stretching and ambitious outcomes, choosing options, exploring further education or training that will enable young people to secure paid work, and other opportunities focused on leading a positive adult life.  

The designated CEIAG Lead at Mill Green is Mrs Valerie Parker.  Telephone the main reception on 01744 678 860 or email: [email protected]

Gatsby Benchmarks 

The Gatsby Benchmarks define key elements of an excellent careers programme based on national and international research.  They consist of 8 benchmarks which can be found below and there is an expectation that schools work towards every pupil successfully meeting all 8 benchmarks.    

  1. A stable careers programme  
  2. Learning from career and labour market information  
  3. Addressing the needs of each student  
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers  
  5. Encounters with employers and employees  
  6. Experiences of workplaces  
  7. Encounters with further and higher education  
  8. Personal guidance 

Curriculum Experiences

Mill Green School works closely with our St Helens Chamber Enterprise Coordinator, the Merseyside SLD Schools Enterprise Group and local groups such as the Sutton Sure Start Café and Real 5 to ensure that students have access to a broad and robust Careers programme and frequent opportunities to explore and plan their future pathways.  A system called Compass + is used to track progress toward the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks and record key events which are catered to the needs of young people at Mill Green.  The school also has networking links with the local authority and has a commissioned agreement with Career Connect to provide the support of a qualified, Independent Careers Advisor who is able to offer support to young people and their families 

The curriculum at Mill Green School is enhanced through educational visits, field trips and residential trips. All classes have the opportunity to go on at least one outing each half term to complement an area of the curriculum and full use is made of local facilities such as museums, art galleries, theatres, historical sites and sites of scientific interest. Extensive use is made of the local community and supporting partners are regularly invited into school to support various projects.

The curriculum is also enriched by the provision of planned theme weeks once a term. Examples of such weeks are Multi-cultural week, Health and Fitness week and Enterprise week. In addition to this, further enrichment opportunities occur throughout the year such as green day, church services once a term and whole school events such as Sports Day, regular coffee mornings and performing arts activities. Extra curricular activities are offered throughout the year such as ICT club, Multi-skills club and Health and Beauty club.

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