Careers Overview

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The aim of our careers programme is to prepare our students for the next steps in their careers. We have developed a structured careers programme for all students in Year 7 to 11. During their five years students will be equipped with the skills and qualifications needed to reach their full potential, and enable them to achieve a fulfilling and happy career.

Our strong relationships with local further education providers and access to local employers enable students to plan their next steps. We also work in partnership with Innervate Career Services, an outside agency. They provide one-to-one impartial careers guidance interviews to Year 10 and 11 students.

MA Careers Team

Careers Lead: Mr Trendell


Mr Trendell- Careers Lead

Email Mr Trendell

Call Mr Trendell - 01784 457275

How we implement our careers programme across each year:

The schools careers scheme of work starts in Year 7 continues throughout their time at the school. Each year group will focus on a different area of the curriculum to ensure that they are prepared for the next stages in their careers.

Implementation of careers guidance

The Matthew Arnold school is working with Innervate Careers Service. They support parent information evenings as well as 1:1 career advice. Work experience is also offered to some students to expand their ideas and give them the opportunity to experience a place of work.

MA Careers

How we measure the impact of our careers programme:

Careers education is monitored and evaluated annually, including through discussion with key staff and students and appropriate observation of activities by the CEG Line Manager and governors. The programme is reviewed annually by the careers leader. When reviewing the programme, the School Development Plan (SDP) is used to ensure that the careers curriculum is fully supporting whole school aims.

Policies and forms:

Careers Policy 2023 and Application for Provider Access

Further information for students, parents/guardians and employers:


We understand that you will want to offer your child assistance during the process. To enable this we will

  • Allow access to our annual careers fair
  • Invite further education providers to parents' evenings
  • Share local market information.

Below are some additional information links, documents and resources for parents or carers that can be used to help guide conversations with your child about their choices and options: 

Apprenticeship information

Parent Pack

Detailed information from Gov.UK

Up to date information about apprenticeships and opportunities and well as searching for current and local openings.  

National Careers Service

National Careers Service

Information, advice and guidance to help you make decisions on learning, training and work. 



A concise collection of university courses available, what they entail, where to study them and what their requirements are. 


As part of our careers provision we want to give our students the widest view of workplaces. If you could assist us in any of the following please email David Trenderll;

  • Site visits for a small group of students
  • Interview preparation
  • Careers fair
  • Skills workshops.

Useful websites & additional resources For All – LMI For All

Teach Tom 

Teach Tom: Careers Advice Resources

Teach Tom is a series of videos designed to break down different sectors into understandable bitesize snapshots of what skills are needed. Each one features an expert Skills Champion attempting to teach what is an everyday skill in their role to Tom. 



how2become: Career Guides

How2Become is an experienced publisher of some of the best career guides and psychometric testing books available, and their catalogue is full of new, innovative and insightful products to guide our students and their parents through recruitment processes, entry level tests and academia. We are grateful to them for their donation of books and guides as we build up our Careers Library. – can students access these books? If so maybe so where they can borrow from or how they access them? 

Careers Newsletters

Please enjoy reading the latest news in the Innervate careers newsletters:

Innervate Careers Newsletter Issue 12

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