Relax, enjoy and stay safe.
Mrs Bowen and Mr Crook, Lorenz House
News from turing house
Thank you to everyone who kindly donated to the Turing House MK Food Bank Appeal. We are so proud of the difference you have made to the community and so pleased that students from all houses were able to join in with supporting this wonderful charity.
To all of our Turing House Tutors Students and wider Community, we'd like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
You are all Golden!
Mrs Wasway and Miss Brown, Turing House
news from careers
Careers activity this term
This has been a very quiet term in career terms. No events, no visitors, no assemblies. It's not like Lord Grey at all! The one-to-one career appointments have continued, with 102 students having the opportunity of an hour of personal careers advice since September. Parents and carers are always welcome to these meetings if the student is happy for you to be there. I can arrange them before or after school if that is helpful as well. If students are isolating at home, then the appointment can be via Google Meet, or over the phone.
New careers websites
September saw us launch Unifrog with Sixth Form, closely followed by Year 11. Take up has been good, considering we haven't been able to run workshops to introduce it to the students. Everyone who has used it is full of praise - so if your student hasn't created their account yet, please encourage them to do so. They need to search their Lord Grey emails for "unifrog" and find the welcome email. They must use that link to set up their account, after that they can go straight to the site - it works well on mobile phones, so plenty of time over the xmas break to start saving interesting-looking careers and courses, or try out the skills quizzes on your family.
Over the Xmas holidays, Year 10 will get their welcome email - they have been told it is coming, but please remind them. Years 9 and below are encouraged to look at Career Pilot - it is never too soon to think about the future.
We have also created a Lord Grey Careers Website. This is a great place to start finding out about what you can do when you leave school. Plus, it contains the careers calendar which lists all the internal and external career events such as college open days, assemblies (when they get going again) and so on.
Labour Market Information
The latest labour market statistics were released on 15th December. The headline story is a further increase in redundancies, to 370,000 between August and October, surpassing the record set last month. Comparing the 3rd quarter (August-October) to the 2nd (May- July) employment is down by 140,000 and unemployment up by 240,000. Increases in unemployment are driven by people who were previously 'economically inactive' (e.g. looking after the home) now entering the labour market to supplement reduced household income. This is echoed in that employment for men has fallen significantly (down by 150,000) while employment for women has risen slightly.
It seems that the economic effects of the November-December lockdown are bad, but nowhere near the scale that we saw in the spring. The figures could have been significantly worse, but they also appear to be unlikely to get significantly better any time soon. The new year needs to see boosts to jobs growth, hiring, and support for the unemployed. The success of a trade deal with the EU will have a significant impact on jobs recovery.
If you want to ask anything about careers-related (courses, jobs, apprenticeships, universities, interviews, CVs, applications . . .) please get in touch with me, Joanna Brown, on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01908 626180.
I hope you all have a relaxing, and infection-free, break and that 2021 is a better year for us all.
Year 9 "Tenner" Enterprise Challenge
Last week we told you about the excellent work by year 9 teams from each house to set up and run their own microbusinesses as part of the "Tenner" Enterprise Challenge in March this year. Later, I spoke to Layla and Taylor, who were part of The Legends of Lorenz, selling smoothies and cookies and turning their £10 into £178!