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We are incredibly grateful to our community of Old Blues who generously offer their time to support our students through our Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) programme. As we look ahead to the summer term our attention turns to our Year 11 mock interview programme. With social distancing restrictions still in place to ensure the safety of our students, staff and volunteers, sadly we will be unable to welcome CIAG volunteers into the building to support this series.

Our Year 11 students are currently exploring their A Level choices and next steps after Blue Coat, and we do not want them to miss out on this key component of our CIAG programme. Therefore, we will be holding mock interviews online, from Monday 10 May to Friday 21 May, from 5-7pm on Microsoft Teams.

With this event stepping online, we hope that distance is no longer a barrier and Old Blues from across the UK and around the world can get involved and support this series.

A number of safeguarding measures will be in place throughout. Parents will be provided with the date and time of their child’s interview and they will be encouraged to be present in the interview room. Volunteers will also receive a copy of our student online behaviour policy. Our Administration Team will be responsible for scheduling each interview and participants will not be able to record their session.

Each interview will be 25 minutes long with 5 minutes for verbal feedback. There will also be a summary sheet for volunteers to complete, either electronically or handwritten. A guidance pack, including student CVs will be provided in advance.

If you would like to get involved and support the programme, we would be very grateful if you could contact our Deputy Head Mrs Sarah O’Rourke at mockinterview@bluecoatschool.org.uk by Monday 12 April, highlighting your profession and the dates and times that you are available. This will allow Mrs O’Rourke and our Administration Team time to organise a timetable for this event.

Finally, if you are unable to volunteer this time, but are keen to get involved with our CIAG programme, please consider our ‘5 minutes with…’ digital series. Featuring Old Blues working across the world in a variety of sectors, the series is a fantastic tool for all our students as they consider their next steps after Blue Coat. To take a look at the series so far please click here. If you would like to take part, please contact the Development Office at development-team@bluecoatschool.org.uk for further information.

If you have any questions or would like to support the School in other ways, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Development Office.

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