This term Lancing College has launched its new My Future programme, which brings together a new ‘whole school’ approach to support pupils explore and achieve their career goals.
The programme builds on the success of the existing UCAS support and preparation programme, which is a highly regarded feature of the Sixth Form and evident in the range and quality of destinations achieved by Lancing pupils.
My Future starts early in our pupils’ journey, allowing Third Formers to explore the world of work, where life skills are part of a wider PSHE programme. This builds throughout the Fourth Form to a full programme of careers profiling and individual advice; in the Fifth Form, before GCSEs and A Level choices, pupils attend Careers Day where they are presented with a wide range of speakers and career options. OLs are willing to help and share their professional expertise and advice with our pupils. Parents are also encouraged to be part of the programme as active participants and advocates.
Personal tutors, Housemasters/Housemistresses, teachers, UCAS specialists and independent careers advisers are vital elements of the programme, all playing an important part at various stages in the pupils’ journey. My Future also harnesses the enthusiasm and commitment of OLs and parents through dedicated activities such as the new University Ambassadors and Careers in Depth events, and the OL professional networks attended by Sixth Form pupils. In addition to the work done at the school, there are also opportunities to bring the world of work to life through sessions and events outside the school and across the academic, co-curricular and pastoral life at Lancing. This term, for example, our Business and Sports students have visited the Lawn Tennis Association, whilst the Medics’ Society attended a careers fair at Worthing Hospital.
Whilst the My Future programme crosses various year groups, there is a strong element of personalisation which recognises that each child is different and their journey will be unique. Pupils are increasingly encouraged to develop their interests, explore options and take ownership of their own journey under expert guidance and support.