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17/09/20

Great to virtually meet potential new Meridian Parents/Carers and students this evening during our first virtual open event!

17/09/20

Welcome to our wonderful school! Click the link for our virtual tour! https://t.co/ZyJT2d12dV

17/09/20

Dear Year 6 Parents and Carers, Please do not worry if you have not registered for one of our virtual open events tonight. You can click the link below to join one of our future events! https://t.co/Ci4eUZcEO6

17/09/20

Check out our new Prospectus! https://t.co/Qm836rOszk

17/09/20

Meet Miss Ledingham! https://t.co/EPMyr81Mng

10/09/20

Meet Mrs Watson! Mrs Watson is our Senior Assistant Headteacher and Designated Safeguarding Lead. https://t.co/PbLpRBaBF9

09/09/20

Fantastic first attempt at some creative writing from our students today! https://t.co/k8P3cU5xTg

09/09/20

Parents and carers of Year 6 looking for secondary schools please see the dates below of our virtual events! Register your interest via our website to book and we will send you an online link to join a presentation with https://t.co/F4RlS1FRFX

09/09/20

Meet Mr Cook! Mr Cook is our Deputy Headteacher here at Meridian High https://t.co/X1fwukgRz3

08/09/20

Retweeted From Claire-Louise West, FCCT

DM me if you want to chat about this awesome role! !

08/09/20

Excellent organisation of our periodic tables in science today https://t.co/9rldz1KUN6

08/09/20

Meet Mrs Anderson! Mrs Anderson is our Head of School here at Meridian High! https://t.co/gRiNzillQF

07/09/20

Meet Mrs Brooks! Mrs Brooks is our fantastic Executive Headteacher here at Meridian High. https://t.co/BtESyEsXOg

04/09/20

All of the Meridian students were back today! Each and every one showing why, in our school, we have the most resilient, adaptable and mature young people! Well done students, teachers and parents and carers. Great start!

04/09/20

Some additional members of Team MHS completing their First Aid training! https://t.co/sPTHf5OwWz

03/09/20

Our wonderful Ready to Learn room all ready for our students to return tomorrow! https://t.co/pq8l2SzWPZ

03/09/20

Such a brilliant first day of students back in today! Year 7 were busy working on their career plans for the future! Lots of careful thought on career pathways and what subjects they need! Excellent example of our core value AMBITION! https://t.co/fZ2lLzd7NQ

03/09/20

Retweeted From Mrs Singleton 🧬🦠

Such a fantastic day welcoming our year 7 and 11 students back! Smiling, happy faces from both staff and students. Cannot wait to see the return of year 7, 8 and especially my awesome year group year 10! https://t.co/aumKgRFjQE

28/08/20

A reminder of our school day for each year group for next week... we are so looking forward to seeing our students back! https://t.co/nzFxMjrh4k

23/08/20

Retweeted From Amy Anderson

A little preview of our carefully crafted knowledge books ready for our students returning https://t.co/Gis1cYjSCz

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.