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Careers Provision at Merit


Merit recognises its statutory duty to provide impartial careers education to all our students in Years 7 to 11 and to give students access to careers information, advice and guidance.


We aim to broaden horizons, raise aspirations and help students to make the most of a range of opportunities on offer during their time at Merit.


Working alongside a visiting Local Authority Careers Officer, we aim to help students to:

  • Develop knowledge about the changing nature of the world of work and the jobs market
  • Understand the range of Post-16 learning opportunities locally and further afield
  • Recognise individual strengths and interests
  • Develop their career management and employability skills


Students are entitled to:

  • Access to qualified professionals and careers software
  • Business mentors
  • Guidance on interview techniques
  • Targeted interventions to meet individual needs
  • External visits to Further and Higher Education and Apprenticeship establishments to raise awareness and build confidence.


At Merit, the careers education programme begins in Year 7 and continues to the end of Year 11 when there is a high level of guidance to enable smooth transition to the students’ chosen Post 16 destination.


Our key aim is to ensure that careers education is impartial and will promote equality of opportunity, diversity and inclusion.