Wellbeing Matters 2022

Service and Engagement: Charity and Community Action Each of the five sections of the College from DUCKS to Upper School actively support various charitable initiatives. Charity committees within each section of the College seek to embed the mantra: Embedding Values, Raising Awareness and Promoting Involvement. Our Community Action programme shares the aim of ensuring service lies at the heart of a Dulwich education. There are currently more than 25 volunteering projects run as part of the College’s Community Action Programme which are open to pupils in years 10-13. These generally fall into one of three genres: educational, environmental and social. Activities include providing extra support for pupils at local primary schools; visiting and helping residents at various care homes; supporting the work of foodbanks; and helping with gardening in various local parks and woods. Volunteers find the activities hugely rewarding; they play an important role in the personal development and wider education of the pupils and forge important links with our community. Pupils volunteer for approximately an hour each week – either at lunchtimes, after school or on Saturday mornings.

Careers The Careers and Higher Education Department is situated alongside the Upper School team in the Lord George Building. Together they encourage and support pupils as they consider life beyond Dulwich. The provision aims to equip pupils to assess their options as they are made aware of the many opportunities on offer to them. Research skills are taught, guidance is provided and pupils are prepared to make informed decisions for their future education and long- term aspirations. Staff encourage pupil-led, independent learning; the objective is not to tell them what they should do but to provide them with the tool kit they need to discover how to proceed and to succeed.

group, and the module in Year 11 is run alongside careers profiling (aptitudes and interests), with each pupil receiving a follow-up career guidance interview with an external adviser. Alongside this, pupils throughout the school are encouraged to drop in or contact the team if they have any careers or HE questions, and all pupils in Year 12 have a one-to-one interview with our in-house Careers Adviser. The Professional Insight Programme allows pupils to research and explore their options and evidence their interests in a variety of ways including visits, lectures, taster days, conferences and work experience, many of which are promoted via the weekly careers newsletter. This tailor-made provision, along with topical seminars, networking and careers events, and the annual HE Fair, is supported by our many external contacts.

To this end, pupils participate in Careers education, as part of Wellbeing lessons and form tutorials in each year


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