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Mrs CarlinMrs Collette Carlin

'A member of the Career Development Institute'

Careers and Work Related Learning Co-ordinator


Telephone: 01579 325716 or 01579 342344 Ext. 116

Birkbeck Msrs Wendy Assistant Head2Ms Wendy Birkbeck

Careers Senior Leadership Team Link and Careers Lead


Telephone: 01579 342344 Ext. 187


Mrs Trudi Hocking

Work Experience Administrator


Telephone: 01579 342344 Ext. 140


Choosing your career is one of the most important decisions you will ever have to make and we will make every effort to help you make the right choice and give you the tools to achieve it. All students studying with us are welcome to access our extensive resources and contact us at any stage when help is required with career choices, progression to Further or Higher Education or other training and educational opportunities. Careers guidance appointments are always available on a 1 to 1 basis, group or ‘pop in’ sessions.

Mrs Carlin will, at all times, offer impartiality, meaning that students' requirements and issues are of primary concern and she is not tied to those of the school.

You can view the IAG Careers Policy here This policy will next be reviewed in July 2019.



The open access Careers Information Library is located in the Active Learning Centre (ALC); it contains a wide variety of employers, occupations, courses, reference books, CD ROMs/videos, Armed Forces literature, magazines, along with Prospectuses from Universities and local Colleges. Here we will also keep up-to-date information on local apprenticeships and training courses as well as locally advertised vacancies during the spring/summer months.Computer-aided career choice programmes and information databases are also available, as well as help with employment, training and education applications.



At Liskeard School and Community School we are committed to each pupil achieving their full potential. Through a structured forward-looking strategy, our careers programme aims to bring out the best in everyone, operating across the curriculum and through specific career-focussed activities, to offer broad exposure to further study options and possible career paths. Our careers support is made up of four components - Information, education, advice and guidance.

Our aim is to support pupils in the decision taking which faces them. They have to consider possible career paths, further and higher education routes, work-based learning, training and possible gap-year opportunities. We understand that this is not an easy decision and we will help them:

  • Develop the necessary skills to make informed decisions relating to their future
  • Promote their self-development and social skills
  • Develop their communication skills – written and verbal
  • Seek out resource materials to help with research and evaluation
  • Develop independence, social skills, tolerance, confidence and sensitivity to others.
  • Use the knowledge and skills they have gained to make well thought through decisions about learning and work that are right for them.


We will provide:

  • Training and practice in compiling CVs, Application Forms, Interview Skills and on-line UCAS applications
  • Offer specific support and guidance for individuals
  • Information relating to student finance
  • A secure structure for Work Experience
  • Assistance to pupils on all Careers related matters


We prepare Pupils for:

  • Adult life through responsibility and work experience
  • The challenges and opportunities of an ever-changing economic landscape
  • Lifelong learning, decision making and personal development



The aim of the Careers Programme is to make pupils curious about the rapidly changing world of work and to help pupils as individuals make informed decisions about their career pathways. Each young person is entitled to the best possible Careers Education and Guidance; it can make the difference between a false start and a successful career.

Careers Education is part of the PSHE programme and is taught across years 7 to 14. Under supervision from the Careers Coordinator, all staff at Liskeard School are encouraged to consider their role in the Careers Programme, which can include providing pupils with information on opportunities specific to their subject.

As in PSHE lessons, a wide variety of teaching and learning styles are used in the Careers Programme. Activities are designed to match visual, auditory and kinaesthetic learners, through the use of computer work, discussions, hands-on activities, group work and individual learning. We have a range of age-appropriate careers software programmes for students to access in and out of Career and PSHE lesson time. Our dedicated staff are available during school hours (and at other times by appointment) and we encourage students to ‘drop-in’ to discuss their thoughts and ambition ideas. All students will receive at least one 1:1 interview regarding their 16+ Options which works along side the following sessions.

Year 7

  • General Careers information and exploring the world of work
  • SEAL programme


Year 8

  • Careers Booklet – looking at key skills, terminology and preparation for work
  • On-line programmes
  • Motivational sessions


Year 9

  • Careers Booklet – looking at learning styles, workforce, interview skills, options, education for employability
  • ‘Take your Child to work day’
  • Preparation for and Options choices
  • Careers presentations
  • Motivational sessions
  • Employer talks (including parents)


Year 10

  • Work experience – including Health and Safety study, Child Protection, Employment Law etc.
  • Careers presentations – employers (including parents), Armed Forces, colleges
  • Visits to employers and colleges
  • Taster days
  • 1:1 and group interviews
  • Assemblies and tutor periods
  • Extended work experience for students following an ‘alternative provision’ timetable
  • Entry routes
  • National Careers Service Programme


Year 11

  • Developing a personal career plan
  • Completion of student diagnostics Profile Forms and Action Plans
  • Careers Circus of Events – Interview Techniques, Apprenticeships and Training, Further and Higher Education, Liskeard Sixth Form
  • College, University, training provider and employer presentations
  • 1:1 and group Careers interviews
  • 16+ Application Forms
  • Labour market and apprenticeship workshops
  • CV, letter and application forms
  • Mock interviews
  • Visits to Colleges and employers
  • Motivational sessions
  • Assemblies and tutor periods
  • Extended work experience for students following an ‘alternative provision’ timetable
  • National Careers Service Programme


Year 12-14

  • 1:1 and group interviews
  • UCAS support
  • HE advice and planning
  • CV, application and letter writing
  • Mock interviews
  • Motivational sessions
  • Careers Day
  • Work Experience
  • National Careers Service Programme



The Baker Clause is an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act, which requires schools to proactively provide access to their pupils to alternative providers of technical & post 14, 16 & 18 education.

It requires that ALL schools from 2nd January 2018:

Ensure that ALL pupils have access to hear what the following providers offer:

  • At 14: studio schools, university technical colleges, further education colleges, in relation to any opportunities for 14-year-old enrolment
  • At 16: apprenticeship providers, further education colleges, sixth form colleges, work-based training providers
  • At 18: apprenticeship providers, higher education providers



If your child has special educational needs (SEN), it becomes even more important to get the right information and high quality advice on all possible career options.  All students will receive interviews relevant to their needs.

If your child has a statement of special educational needs (SEN), then at the annual review meetings a transition plan will be drawn up. This transition plan will be reviewed and updated at each future meeting.  The plan enables you, your child and relevant professionals to share information and decide what action needs to be taken to ensure that your child receives any necessary specialist help or support once they have left school.

A simple example is that if the young person intends to have a career in Catering then advice may be needed on vocational college courses and employment or apprenticeships beyond that.

A more complex example is when there may be little or no suitable local provision, so options such as independent specialist colleges need to be looked at.  This can take a very long time to arrange and can involve complex funding issues to be worked through. Even where local provision is readily available it is good to know all the options. Please speak to Mrs Carlin, the Learning Support Department or your CSW Group Personal Advisor for additional help or information.



Our most able students have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of careers events which develop their thirst for further knowledge. Students engage in a wide range of activities within the careers education, information, advice and guidance ethos, alongside other students in school.  These activities are designed to motivate them, whilst raising their aspirations and ambitions along the way.  In addition to this, we have targeted interventions, workshops and events to enable our MABLE students to make informed choices about their future pathways and fulfill their potential.



Do you need inspiring? Visit the National Careers Service Website where you will find lots of useful information. In the ‘Job Profile’ area, you can find out what different jobs entail, what you will earn, skills and qualifications needed etc. You can also find out what jobs may suit you by completing the ‘skills health check’. Within this site you can start to build your Curriculum Vitae (CV), look through local college courses, and get ideas on finding work experience, interview skills and much more. This site will compliment and allow you expand on what you have learnt within school.

See the Useful Careers Websites section at the bottom of this page.

The school does not undertake any DBS checks for these providers. They operate independently of the school.



Please contact Mrs Carlin via telephone or email – you could however call into her office which is located in the library.


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We have a Careers Southwest Personal Advisor in school by appointment. If you are on the Register of Need, you can also get careers advice from your PA. They will help with your transition into 16+ education, training or employment.




We recognise that parents have a major role to play in the area of careers, both in terms of encouraging and supporting their children and in supporting the school in its endeavours to promote a wide variety of careers information. Should parents wish to come into school and discuss careers opportunities for their child, they are most welcome to make an appointment.

Should any parent wish to offer their support with the provision of employment and careers information, please contact Mrs Carlin direct. If you are an employer or are employed and would like to share your experiences with the students, we would very much like to hear from you. You never know, you could be the one that inspires a student to follow a particular career path!



We have excellent relationships with many local employers and several national and global employers and organisations, which we have developed through our Co-operative School status, Work Experience Programme and Enterprise activities. We will continue to develop and expand these relationships to ensure a wide range of commercial exposure for all pupils.


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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
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