Meadow High School Careers Strategy

Meadow High has a holistic approach to its careers programme and is designed to meet the needs of all students to help them with:

  • Independence skills

  • Vocational pathways

  • Supported internships

  • Employer engagement

  • Work experience

  • Business enterprise programme

  • Preparation for work (World of Work) 

We work in partnership with Education Development Trust, Business Educational Events, Marriott Hotel, IBSI, Job Centre Plus and the careers adviser, qualified to level 6/7 who is available to all students. Parents/guardians are also actively encouraged to attend careers meetings and are invited in to school to meet the local providers/colleges and employers.

We offer a differentiated work related curriculum from year 10 to year 14 where the students learn about the world of work including: understanding different job roles; learning about health and safety at a workplace; preparing for interviews; creating CV’s; understanding work relationships and language at work; learning about teamwork, problem solving and communication; knowing your rights and responsibilities at work; exploring job opportunities and preparing for work experience.

When employment is achieved for students through the supported internship programme, Prospects and Education Development Trust offer ongoing support funded through Access to Work.

During their time at Meadow High different year groups participate in work experience and work related activities including Vocational Pathways, training sessions with external providers, interviews and other relevant enterprise. The school actively encourages local businesses, colleges, apprenticeship providers and employers to engage with our careers programme and our students are invited to visit employers’ premises. Additionally, Year 13 and 14 pupils attend one day a week work experience for the whole of the academic year allowing them to understand the complexities of working life. Year 11 and 12 students take part in planned work experience activities or careers week. We get very good feedback about our students who enjoy working at many different local employers. Examples include:

 “Harry is an exceptional human being, a genuinely good lad, great work ethic and thoroughly ‘TOP NOTCH’  

 “I see Jack as ‘an established part of the team’ Very well behaved, very respectful and polite”

“Very well behaved, respectful and polite young lady” Very good”

“Coming out of his shell more and gaining confidence daily”

We are actively working towards the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance: 

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


 

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Students helping to sort and date the donations at the local food bank where they volunteer on a regular basis.

 

The school works with many local employers to ensure that the students have a valuable and supported experience. These include:

  • British Airways

  • Rural Garden centre

  • Intu Uxbridge

  • Dash

  • Hillingdon Hospital

  • Medi vets

  • Funky flowers

  • Food Bank

  • B&M

  • Heathrow Special Needs Farm

  • Marriott 

  • Salvation Army

 

The supported internship programme (Project Search) is based at the London Heathrow Marriott has been very successful and 80% of students have previously achieved employment. 

Some of the comments from employers and parents regarding our Project SEARCH programme include:

Jason 

Quoted by– (Parent)

‘Jason gained a really good job through ‘Project SEARCH’, he is paid really well and is really happy in his role.’

Quote by employer (in Heathrow airport)

‘Jason is a great and hardworking person, we would say one of the most hardworking staff we have employed, we really support Project SEARCH programme and feel proud of having Jason as part of our team’

Shay 

Quoted by Julie (Parent)

‘Shay has learnt new transferable skills at his time on the Project SEARCH programme and his confidence, self-esteem, independence and understanding of the world of work has increased so much, we are delighted to see what he has achieved. As a family we are bursting with pride that Project Search has equipped Shay with the skills to achieve the ultimate goal, to be employed in a job that he enjoys now.

I believe Project Search is an absolutely fantastic scheme which helps young people with learning difficulties realise that they are employable and have many worthwhile skills to offer, maybe it just takes them a little longer to learn or they need to learn in a different way and need patient people supporting them’

Rhianna 

Quote from Nicola (Parent)

‘I just wanted to say thank you again for helping Rhianna get her job. She is such an amazing young lady and is working so hard she loves every minute of working in her job. She is coping so well with the 12 hour shifts, I am probably the proudest mum ever and it is all thanks to everyone at Project SEARCH for all your help in job searching, taking her to interviews, supporting her and the training you gave her.’

 

The Project Search programme along with the skills that are being taught to the students while still in school through in house sessions, work experience, business enterprise and employer engagement are all designed to get the students employment ready and to support their independent living and travel skills.

How many disabled people are in employment? 

Over 3.4 million disabled people are in employment.

Source: Labour Force Survey April to June 2017

Disabled people are more than twice as likely to be unemployed as non-disabled people.

Source: Labour Force Survey April to June 2017

 

Why is employment of disabled people so important?

A 10 percentage point rise in the employment rate amongst disabled adults would contribute an extra £12 billion to the Exchequer by 2030.

 

*Please note that most students have had their work experience placements and interviews cancelled and job offers withdrawn as businesses struggle in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic. As a result, our work experience programme required several modifications and is under continuous review in line with the latest government recommendations and the local job market situation. We endeavour to provide work placements as soon as this is feasible. 


If you would like any more information, please contact our Careers team: 

Mrs A. Fabisch - Careers Leader, 

Mrs S. Stock - Careers Advisor, Work Experience Coordinator, KS5 Transition Officer

Mrs B. Cryan -  Work Experience Coordinator

Mr G. Millard – Supported Work Experience Coordinator

 

Phone: 01895443310, ext. 216