COVID 19 ***** Whilst work was set and completed in 2020/2021 both online, in school and via work packs, we cannot be assured pupils have yet met their targets. As such, in Careers, we will ensure that pupils are assessed at the earliest opportunity and interventions put into place for learning gaps in the Autumn Term. This will not require additional work for any pupil as learning objectives from Summer will be combined with Autumn Term learning.
Careers Lead- Ms Goalen: contact via the school office: firstname.lastname@example.org
Careers Governor- Stephen Pearson
At Meadowside School we recognise the importance that a solid grounding in Careers will make to the future of all our pupils. Young people with learning difficulties need a co-ordinated and supported approach to following their ‘golden thread’ and work towards meeting their aspirations. We have dedicated careers lessons delivered to all pupils once a week from Y7 to Y14; these help our learners understand their place in the world of work. Pupils in KS4 and Post 16 have an additional weekly lesson to support Action Planning, CV writing and taking part in their own Transition Documentation. Careers is supported by Senior Leaders has a named Governor, a Careers Lead (teacher) and an Independent Careers Advisor.
Our Careers Lead works closely with the Growth Platform and area Careers Hub to extend opportunities, share best practice and keep up to date. Relevant staff have had training using Talentino resources.
Our strategy for Careers is to prove a personalised service which meets all the criteria for the Gatsby Benchmark by offering:
1. A stable careers programme
2. Learning from career and labour market information
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
5. Encounters with employers and employees
6. Experiences of workplaces
7. Encounters with further and higher education
8. Personal guidance
We use COMPASS online to identify to what level we have met Gatsby benchmarks. Our Compass report is updated termly. Please click on link below to view latest COMPASS report.
At all levels we ensure that pupils can access a greater understanding about employment. For our pupils with very complex needs, that might mean recognising uniform and understanding that some people have a job, PMLD pupils work on Talentino based Careers projects. For more able pupils it might mean developing a Curriculum Vitae and personalised career plan. In KS3 we learn through role-play and reflection, looking at wider areas such as our community and being safe at work. In Key Stages 4 and 5 the focus is on learning what skills are needed for specific jobs, how to create your own careers pathway and planning for adult outcomes. Each lesson is differentiated so that pupils maximise their learning.
All Subject leaders embed careers into their long and medium term planning. What this means for pupils is that they learn how different subject areas may lead to different careers which helps them contextualise the world of work. For example, in PE they will learn about Sportspeople and different jobs in Sport. Pupils learn about traditional careers as well new careers paths linked to technology and ‘future’ jobs that do not yet exist.
Qualifications and Accreditation
UPDATE *** Since the removal of the PSE qualification by AQA (August 21) there is no longer a qualification to accredit PSHE/Careers/Citizenship. Meadowside School has designed their own PSE Award, Certificate and Diploma. Differentiated Unit Awards (AQA UAS) combining Careers, Citizenship and PSHE enable pupils to make progress from Pre entry Level up to Level 1 between Year 10 and Year 14.
Work related Learning
Where appropriate, most pupils will take part in at least one extended period of work experience during their time at Meadowside. We offer a range of different experiences and these include working at Best Bites, Dale Farm, Wirral Car Hospital and placements in partner schools. We always welcome support from new employers, please contact the school if you are able to offer our pupils work experience in your setting.
Post Covid, pupils have had limited real life experiences in the community and workplace. As such, from September 2021 Pupils in Y10 and above now have two additional group based work experiences to choose from as part of the work related learning option. The first is a weekly Community Café alongside Holy Cross Church where pupils make and serve drinks and small food items in the community hall. The second is a volunteer programme at Alderhey Hospital where pupils attend for one session per week and take on various volunteering roles.
Where possible pupils are matched with personalised work experiences in KS4 and Post 16 which relate to their named aspirations in their EHCP. This is in addition to their group work experiences. Examples of this could be working in a charity shop, working at Best Bites Café, Mersey Car hospital.
During 2021/2022 we are setting up an in-house Meadowside apprenticeship scheme to allow pupils who are less able to find an appropriate personalised experience an opportunity to shadow and support staff on site. Examples of this are Caretaker's Assistant and Art Technician.
Each academic year we hold a ‘skills week’ for KS4 and KS5. This is topic based and led by pupil voice to meet the interests of most pupils. During skills week pupils may visit colleges of further education, work places, places of interest, and have on site ‘speakers’. The aim of the week is to broaden pupil horizons and give them a wider bank of information so that when they come to making choices about their lives after Meadowside they have a better understanding of where their skills would be best used.
Independent Careers Advice
All our pupils have EHC plans and as such have an annual review supported by school, parents and the Local Authority. Independent advice is sought at review meetings through our Independent Careers Advisor Katherine Magnall. Katherine is well known to pupils through review, skills week and work experience, as such she is able to offer independent, impartial advice guidance to all our pupils.
We have a programme with Wirral Metropolitan College to deliver advice on further education.
Each year we take part in a ‘Careers Fair’ held at Claremount Special School which offers pupils and parents access to a wide range of educational and alternative providers.
Other educational institutions are always welcome to visit the school and meet our pupils in order to give in depth information regarding appropriate courses and qualifications. If you would like to do so, please contact the school and ask to speak to the Careers Lead.
Pupils in KS4 and KS5 complete a ‘passport to adulthood’ which helps them structure a careers path and choose the right advice and guidance from internal and external staff.
When pupils leave Meadowside they may choose to continue their education, move into an apprenticeship or employment; some pupils move to Autism Together. Please see the links below to access support and information. Supported Internships are available via Wirral Met.
Please click on the links below for specific advice.
LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION
To support pupils who are able to join the workforce in the future, please see the labour market information link below. This gives details about all the services and information about the types of skills needed most in the North West.