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14/06/21

Our Year 10s really enjoyed their day with the Home Office and the winning group is looking forward to round 2! https://t.co/2wfh0ieE4G

09/06/21

Today we are debating "Is streaming good for the music industry?" in recognition of Music Store Day on Saturday 12th June. Head over to our Facebook page for a link to this week's assembly which is on this topic and the upcoming Thank You Day. https://t.co/PnwDHpogdf

07/06/21

A reminder to our students and their families that today (Monday 7th June) is an INSET day for staff. We look forward to welcoming our students back for the final half term on Tuesday 8th June. https://t.co/W0vzhaotlP

04/06/21

Retweeted From Your Croydon

‘An autism-friendly ’ is the name of a new council plan to help improve the lives of people with autism: https://t.co/aRUyn43Tn6 https://t.co/0y375XUvo1

04/06/21

Retweeted From YoungMinds

Keep a log of the good things people say about you. This can help you challenge your negative thoughts when you have them.

04/06/21

Retweeted From Thrive Approach

Arts and creativity are great for helping young people express and manage their emotions. These ideas for teenagers encourage spontaneity, original thinking and imagination and focus on the creative process rather than the end-product: https://t.co/teOqCmsVgW

04/06/21

Retweeted From VotesforSchools 🗳️🌍📢

With lots of us still awaiting the green light for travel, our voters were at a bit of a crossroads when it comes to making their decision 🧳✈️... Here's a closer look at our results from last week: https://t.co/Z4ifrBOMBs

03/06/21

Retweeted From Duffus Cancer Foundation

😆THIS EVENING WE HAVE OUR YOUR SPACE YOUTH GROUP SESSIONS! ❗❗NEW Location: (A minute walk for West Croydon Tram Stop) We look forward to seeing all our young peoples faces! https://t.co/oDuteSsQoO

02/06/21

A highlight of last week's Careers Day was witnessing one of our students challenging herself and performing in front of her peers with the fantastic and the Fix Up Team! https://t.co/S8YSaR5Ghh

02/06/21

Retweeted From NSPCC

The Report Abuse in Education helpline is available to victims of abuse in schools to make current & non-recent disclosures as well as to offer advice for witnesses, parents, carers or professionals. To contact us, call 0800 136 663 or email help.org.uk https://t.co/7swKCinHnb

01/06/21

Retweeted From Commander Felicity Campbell

Brilliant that the GLSE team were able to support this event, a great bunch of students with bright futures ahead of them for sure... https://t.co/9jwfKuQ0CM

28/05/21

Retweeted From Jo Tanner 💙

So great to demonstrate to our students what their aspirations can and should be. Again, really to be part of the team that is not only delivering great teaching and learning but also turning out great young adults https://t.co/9JPWtaeMMc

28/05/21

Retweeted From Jo Tanner 💙

Lovely to join the outgoing - in all senses of the word - Year 11s for their last few hours with . Good luck everyone! https://t.co/TCnLtUPrcN

28/05/21

Retweeted From Esther Brooks

Well done for putting together such an inspirational day https://t.co/bnKKOyJolU

28/05/21

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🧬🦠

Delightful day and finally got to meet the awesome and his fantastic team! Careers day, motivation and aspirations were certainly high on the list! As always it’s a joy to work with such a fab staff and student body. https://t.co/Ez5754ArCM

28/05/21

Retweeted From John Ruskin College

Great to be a part of this, inspiring students ! https://t.co/W4TFeBQAE8

28/05/21

Year 8 engaged in their first presentation of the day with https://t.co/PAgvH39DM8

28/05/21

It's Meridian High School's Careers' Day 2021. We have an action packed range of day of activities, from a range of organisations, across all year groups, designed to inspire & motivate our students in their careers and futures! https://t.co/Vcr9Qg4Wqg

27/05/21

Protect your smile. Cut down on sugary foods and drinks https://t.co/LeB1fzDexx

27/05/21

We are looking for a passionate pastoral practitioner to join a highly skilled team. Do your values align with ours? Follow the link below to apply now: Aspiring Pastoral Welfare Leader https://t.co/BLwJKbGslQ

Careers

Rationale

The world of work is quickly and continuously changing. The number of different pathways that students can embark on is increasing exponentially. Students now need to navigate a much more complex and challenging landscape than faced by previous generations. They must be reactive to the latest labour market information and therefore be adaptable and resilient to prepare for jobs that perhaps do not yet exist.

To be able to take advantage of these opportunities, a quality careers education information, advice and guidance (CEAIG) programme must be in place to support student’s decision making and to manage transitions to set them on the right path to rewarding future careers.

Aims

The Careers Programme at Meridian High School is designed to educate, inform, and inspire our students so that they can take ownership of their own career action plans. It aims to help them build essential skills, to plan and manage their own education effectively and to embrace our school values of resilience, ambition, and respect. 

A clear plan that is understood by students, parents, teachers, governors, and employers helps to identify where and how they can support choices for students in education, employment, and training to ensure a successful transition into adulthood.

Our whole school priorities are detailed below:

  • A progressive programme of career, enterprise and employability education is planned from year 7 onwards, with clear links to the curriculum.

  • Students have access to good quality information about future study options so that they can articulate their future plans and the steps they must take to get there.

  • Students have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work and the skills required in different workplaces through employer visits and work placements.

This strategy is aligned with the government’s new Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, and statutory guidance for school leaders and school staff, published in January 2018, which sets out the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for building a high-quality careers system that will help young people to achieve.

 

Student Entitlement Statements

Year 7

  • Students are encouraged to identify personal traits, strengths, skills, and areas of development to have high expectations of themselves.

  • Students are introduced to careers guidance and resources that they can use to find out about different careers. Fast Tomato is used to aid students in finding career areas that suit their interests.

  • Students will have a clear, written career pathway that is ambitious and the steps to reach their goal can be clearly articulated.

  • Students to have an assembly employer interaction with a Q&A session to find out about an employment sector.

  • Some students to have a Business Breakfast with an employer matched to a career within their career pathway. 

  • Students are introduced to developing skills and making financial decisions through PSHE sessions.

 

Year 8

  • Students reassess their personal traits, strengths, skills, and areas of development to be able to make an informed decision of the correct pathway at their option stage.

  • Students to review their career pathways and identify the specific jobs that are relevant and prominent in their career pathway.  

  • Students to participate in workshops delivered by a specific industry.

  • Students are encouraged to think about employability through enterprise challenges.

  • Students are introduced to equality in opportunities in careers and digital literacy in PSHE. They are encouraged to challenge stereotypes within the world of work and traditional job roles.

  • Some students to have a Business Breakfast with an employer matched to a career within their career pathway. 

 

Year 9

  • Students continue to reassess their strengths to support their decision making in their option choices. This is strengthened by PSHE sessions which focus on goal setting and employability.

  • What is a CV, what is a cover letter and why do jobs require them when you apply? Students are encouraged to think about their experience in school so far and what they can already include in a CV or need to work on over the next two years.

  • Students explore more deeply their different options for further education in their Business Studies lessons. They are educated on professionalism in the workplace and interview technique.

  • Students are encouraged to think about employability through enterprise challenges.

  • Some students to have a Business Breakfast with an employer matched to a career within their career pathway. 

 

Year 10

  • Students use local market information to narrow down specific job roles within their preferred industry. 

  • Students are educated in the importance of making sensible financial decisions and the risks of gambling and being in debt during PSHE.

  • Business breakfasts to focus on matching students up with employers in very specific industries. 

  • Students being writing their CV and cover letter.

  • Students begin to explore sixth form options and begin to draft their personal statements for applications.

  • Students to have employer encounters and mock interviews if they have a very specific career path in mind.

  • Students agree personal action plans with careers advisor for their future and identify what specific action is required now to achieve their goals.

  • Select students to complete a work experience placement.

 

Year 11

  • Students should finalise personal statements and are further assisted with their CV and cover letter to ensure that they leave school with completed versions.

  • Students should utilise their personal action plans from their careers interview to make informed and realistic decisions about their post-16 plan. They should also be encouraged to have contingency plans should they be necessary.

  • Students are supported with post-16 choices and are encouraged to explore all options available, as well as complete their intended destination form.

  • Students are expected to attend college and sixth form open evenings and taster days with employers.

  • Students will attend an in-school careers fair.

  • Students are kept up to date regarding post-16 deadlines.

  • Students are encouraged to continue to gain work experience over the summer holiday before their post-16 education begins.

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Programme of Events

Year Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Students to complete Careers Pathway document

Whole year employer interaction

Business Breakfasts

HT1: All students to be able to articulate how to reach their intended goal. 

Tutors to input data on Career Pathway spreadsheet.

   

HT4: Students to take part in Medical Mavericks Workshops.

 

Tenner Challenge by Young Enterprise

HT5: Students take come up with an event to raise money for charity in their Business Studies lessons.

 

Year 8

Students to complete Careers Pathway document

Business Breakfasts

Whole year employer interaction

HT1: All students to be able to articulate how to reach their intended goal. 

Tutors to input data on Career Pathway spreadsheet.

HT2: Students to have an assembly employer interaction.

 

HT4:

Students to take part in Medical Mavericks Workshops

 

Tenner Challenge by Young Enterprise

 

HT6: Simventure Challenge in Business Studies lessons.

Year 9

Students to complete Careers Pathway document

Whole year employer interaction

Business Breakfasts

HT1: All students to be able to articulate how to reach their intended goal. 

Tutors to input data on Career Pathway spreadsheet.

   

HT4: Select students to take part in MedicFest.

 

Tenner Challenge by Young Enterprise

 

HT6: Simventure Challenge in Business Studies lessons.

Year 10

Students to complete Careers Pathway document

Business Breakfasts

Whole year employer interaction

HT1: All students to be able to articulate how to reach their intended goal. 

Tutors to input data on Career Pathway spreadsheet.

HT2: Student assembly by Amazing Apprenticeships.

 

HT4: Select students to take part in MedicFest.

 

HT6: All students to receive a careers interview.

Year 11

Students to complete Careers Pathway document

Business Breakfasts

Recording intended destinations

HT1: All students to be able to articulate how to reach their intended goal. 

Tutors to input data on Career Pathway spreadsheet.

HT2: Careers fair for students and parents.

 

HT4: Select students to take part in MedicFest.

 

HT6: Students to sign up to portal to record their intended destinations.

 

Additional Unscheduled Events:

  • NCOP programme delivered by Aimhigher provides events for cohorts in years 9 – 11. Programme for next year is still to be confirmed.

  • Volunteers are available through STEM Learning, Speakers for Schools and Inspiring the Future for employer interactions. 

  • Barclays Life Skills can provide tutor time activities and curriculum links.

  • Potential for Future First to provide employer interactions through an alumni network.