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Posted on: 20/12/2019

Headteacher's Letter december 2019

In Morpeth's latest Headteacher's Letter, Headteacher Jemima Reilly said:

Earlier this year the Education and Employers charity published a survey report* saying pupils who have direct contact with employers and learn about the realities of getting a job, tend to be more motivated to revise for their exams, achieving better GCSE grades than originally predicted. 

The survey explained that pupils, when given insight to the real world of work, develop a clearer understanding of the connection between what they learn in lessons and the skills and qualifications needed to succeed in later life.  As a result, they work harder to improve their grades and to improve their chances of getting the jobs they want.

We, at Morpeth, fully recognise the need to help our students understand the relevance of what they learn in school.

We invest heavily in our careers service. Our two in-house advisors provide a broad, ambitious and aspirational programme of activities targeting all year groups. Its purpose is to equip pupils with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed and open-minded decisions about what they do now and in the future. We work closely with a number of employers and specialists to give them a wide range of learning opportunities and experiences both inside and outside of school. Thank you to all the employers who have taken in our pupils on work placements and work experience days, and those who have taken the time to coach them in the skills of applying for jobs and doing job interviews. Highlights of what our pupils have been up to and the Careers programme can be viewed on the following pages.

The next big event is our day long Careers Fair on Wednesday 29th January, for Years 10, 11, 12 and 13. Pupils and parents can meet with a range of colleges, universities, apprenticeship and training providers, as well as employers. More information will be sent home.

In the meantime, we wish you a healthy, happy and peaceful Christmas holiday and look forward to seeing pupils back in school on 6th January 2020.

Jemima Reilly,


*Motivated to achieve: How encounters with the world of work can change attitudes and improve academic achievement