• 01388 811178
  • themeadows@durhamlearning.net
  • Spennymoor, County Durham, DL16 7QW



Our careers programme at The Meadows aims support young people to be able to manage their own careers, sustain employment and achieve personal and economic well being throughout their lives.

We believe that all learners need a planned program of activities to help them develop positive attitudes, skills for employment and an understanding of the appropriate Post 16 pathway for them.

Our Vertical Tutor groups allow our young people share experiences and ask questions about Work Related Learning, Apprenticeships and future careers with other young people that they know and our leavers when they return to visit.

Learners in Years 7 and 8 participate in an enrichment program which allows them to spend time in the community including visiting work places, learn teamwork and leadership skills as well as exploring their own interests and those of their peers.

Learners in Years 9, 10 and 11 participate in Vocational Education where they are able to direct their own learning and choose appropriate modules for themselves. Learners are able to talk about the different careers that are available in their chosen area, make connections with the world of work in that specific area and participate in hands on learning. Our program for Years 9, 10 and 11 includes timetabled Employability lessons where pupils are able to gain access to information about applying for jobs, Post 16 providers and further develop social skills and knowledge about their own skills, as well as develop skills for the work place.

We work closely with the Improving Progression Team to ensure young people can access impartial advice in addition to support in school.

Our KS4 learners are encouraged to participate in Work Related Learning, work shadowing or simulation to embed skills and gain vital information about careers pathways.

We aim to support all our young people to build positive futures and to have choices in relation to their own next steps.

We provide access to differentiated, impartial and independent information and guidance about the range of options (including academic, vocational, apprenticeships) that are most likely to help them to achieve their ambitions. 

Aims of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG)

  • to inspire and raise aspirations so that students are able to make informed realistic decisions for their own future.
  • to provide good quality independent and impartial careers advice.
  • to provide advice and guidance which is in the student’s best interest.
  • to work in partnership with employers, training providers, local colleges and others.
  • to utilise Vocational Education to connect learning with the world of work
  • to challenge stereotyping and promote equality of opportunity

Our Careers Programme has four main elements:

  • Careers Education: Planned programmes in the curriculum giving students knowledge and skills to help them to plan career.
  • Career Information: Including options, skills, occupations, labour market information (LMI), pathways and progression routes.
  • Careers Advice and Guidance: Independent and impartial careers advice and guidance provided by  Ann Hanlon from Durham County Council (L6 qualified).
  • Work Related Learning: Experiences within and outside the curriculum to help students learn about the world of work.

KS3 Curriculum Map (for review Summer 2020)

KS4 Curriculum Map (for review Summer 2020)

We hosted a successful school Careers Event for our Year 11 students. This was attended by East Durham Houghall College, Bishop Auckland College, Human Kind and representation from Catch 22. This event was well attended by parents /carers and Year 11 students.


We have undertaken The Gatsby Compass Careers Benchmark evaluation.

Gatsby Benchmark Evaluation

The next benchmark evaluation will completed in October 2022 will be reviewed annually and guides our developing practice.

Useful Links

The National Careers Service has some excellent careers information on it, including entry routes, skills required and pay. It also gives you some alternative, related careers information and gives you the chance to read some up-to-date and accurate labour market information.

iCould  is a website with lots of short films featuring people talking about their jobs.

Colleges and Providers

Sunderland College 

Gateshead College

Newcastle College

East Durham College and Houghall

Dewentside College

South Tyneside College

Bishop College

Darlington College

Catch 22



The Meadows School
County Durham
DL16 7QW

Email: themeadows@durhamlearning.net
Phone: 01388 811178

SENCO - Sarah Straughan 

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