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Middlewich High School

Excellence in Learning – Achievement for All

Careers

 

Careers at MHS

At Middlewich High School we empower every student to have high aspirations.   We believe that if a student has a clear goal to work towards, this can have a positive impact on their attainment, motivation, attitude and engagement in school.    Our motto is “Achievement for all”, therefore, we promote a broad and ambitious range of careers to suit every student’s individual needs.  We strive to meet all 8 of the Gatsby benchmarks that promote effective careers delivery in schools: 

1. To provide a stable careers programme
2. Learn from career and labour market information
3. Address the needs of each pupil
4. Linking the student’s curriculum learning to careers
5. Providing encounters with employers and employees
6. Providing experiences of the workplace
7. Providing encounters with further and higher education providers (including Apprenticeship providers)
8. Ensuring personal guidance is available and offered to all students

The firm basis of our careers education is through our i-Value curriculum that encompasses PSHE, RSE, Citizenship and Careers Education.   Our value-led curriculum allows students to explore key skills required in the world of work, such as: resilience, initiative and ambition amongst others. Through these lessons, they are given the opportunity to learn about topics ranging from employability skills, equality and diversity to writing a CV.  Careers education at MHS is delivered through: 

  • One I-Value lesson per fortnight (specific units dedicated to careers education)

  • ‘Ambitions and Aspirations’ sessions delivered during tutor times 

  • Careers assemblies and visiting speakers 

  • Mock interview opportunities 

  • Independent careers advice offered to students 

  • University, College and Apprenticeship event visits 

  • Workplace visits 

  • I-Value /Careers enrichment days (normal student timetable is collapsed)

  • Enterprise activities (Year 9) 

  • STEM clubs and STEM activities 

  • MHS Careers Fair 

 

Our comprehensive work alongside organisations such as The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge and Higher Horizons ensures that we are constantly revising what we already offer our students. The Cheshire and Warrington Pledge allows us to have real-life connections to the world of work and Higher Horizons exposes students to the value and worth of further education through regular trips to universities in order to sample a range of degrees.

We have strong links with our local colleges, universities and employers; you can see a comprehensive list of our partnerships on this page. As part of our whole school approach to careers, we run our annual MHS Careers Fair, which engages our students with organisations from a range of career pathways and volunteer groups. 

All MHS students have access to the START, an online careers guidance platform, designed to connect our students with their future career potential.  The website uses the most comprehensive source of information and local labour market information, to give a personalised career planning experience. START enables our students to make more informed decisions about their future study and career options as well as developing their employability skills.  Families are encouraged to support their child with this by using the platform at home- carers can also create their own profile! 

A number of events, integrated into our careers programme, will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to students and/or their families: 

 

Year

Group

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

Year 7

Hopes and dreams assembly.

 

I-Value day 1 to include: the ‘Guess my career’ event. Guest speakers to include many different industries.

 

I-Value lessons: Developing skills and aspirations unit.

 

Form time activities and assemblies, to incorporate Start Profile development: Using the features of the Start Programme to enhance careers information. External speakers are invited into year group assemblies where appropriate.

I-Value day 2 to include: ‘Resilience and looking after our environment’ event. Companies involved in waste management are invited into school to run workshops with students.

 

Form time activities and assemblies, to incorporate Start Profile development: Using the features of the Start Programme to enhance careers information. External speakers are invited into year group assemblies where appropriate.

I-Value lessons:

Financial decision making unit.

 

Form time activities and assemblies, to incorporate Start Profile development: Using the features of the Start Programme to enhance careers information. External speakers are invited into year group assemblies where appropriate.

Year 8

Form time activities and assemblies, to incorporate Start Profile development: Using the features of the Start Programme to enhance careers information. External speakers are invited into year group assemblies where appropriate.

I-Value day 2 to include: ‘Careers and growing up’ event. Guest speakers invited to run workshops with students.

 

Form time activities and assemblies, to incorporate Start Profile development: Using the features of the Start Programme to enhance careers information. External speakers are invited into year group assemblies where appropriate.

Form time activities and assemblies, to incorporate Start Profile development: Using the features of the Start Programme to enhance careers information. External speakers are invited into year group assemblies where appropriate.

 

We will shortly be sharing local labour market information with you - watch this space!