Here at Meadowhead School, we aim to prepare our students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life. We want students to be able to make informed choices about their future learning and career pathways.
Career education and guidance is an essential part of this process, so we ensure that all our learners get access to a programme of career education, as well as face-to-face guidance from an independent, professionally-qualified careers adviser.
We focus on the following benchmarks to ensure that students receive good career guidance.
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
We provide access to information on local opportunities for work, volunteering, education and apprenticeships through careers resources (based in the school library and the careers office), assemblies, form tutors and noticeboards.
Experience of work
We value experience of work and recognise the importance of young people engaging with employers. This includes work experience, but we also offer opportunities for students to hear from employers in school, and through industry visits. Our World of Work Week in March showcases our strong employer links and gives students an insight into what work is like and what they need to be successful in the workplace.
If you would like to become one of our employer links, please contact Mrs Evans (Careers Adviser) at school.
We are keen to see our pupils move into post-16 and post-18 choices that suit their skills, interests, personality and values, and which take account of their motivations. Students are encouraged to consider what is important to them and increase their self-awareness through the career education programme. The programme helps students to develop their personal insight, career knowledge and build career planning and management skills.
Students will get the opportunity to meet with a careers adviser at key decision points in their school life, and at other times if they are in particular need of support. At this time, they can talk about their ideas for the future, explore the range of options after they leave school and plan the steps to achieve their end goal. Students can expect advice and guidance that is personalised, comprehensive and impartial.
Any student can book a one to one appointment with our careers adviser by visiting the careers office or by speaking to their form tutor.
To learn more about the careers programme at school, please see the Careers Policy and the Student Careers Entitlement (menu links to the right).
Finding out more
All our students and their parents have access to Fast Tomato, an interactive website where young people can explore career ideas. To get started, use the registration code MSAD followed by the student's form eg MSAD10D.
We also recommend Shape your Future Guide to Careers in South Yorkshire which provides useful information on the local labour market and future jobs.
The LMI for All Careerometer tool (see menu link on the right) gives access to salary information on a huge range of jobs, as well as essential information about whether such jobs are growing or in decline.
Success at School Careers Advice have created this guide: Helping your Child Begin their Career Journey.
This is a very useful tool for parents and students to work through - topics include: choosing a career path, pathways into work, employability skills, gap years, subject journeys and an action plan. There are suggested activities for parents and students to work through and lots of straightforward information and links.
Further sources of useful information include:
- National Careers Service
- Which? University
- Parental Guidance
We have collected all these and more in our 'Career Companion' website here
If you have any questions about career education and guidance at school, please contact
Mrs Evans (Careers Adviser). email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tel: 01142372723 ext 763