Maiden Erlegh Independent Project (MEIP)

What is the MEIP?

The MEIP (Maiden Erlegh Independent Project) is a research-based project.


What will you gain from participating in the MEIP?

You will:

  • Identify, design, plan, and complete an individual project, applying a range or organisational skills and strategies to meet targets.
  • Obtain, critically select, and use information from a range of sources; analyse data (where appropriate), apply it relevantly and demonstrate an understanding of any appropriate linkages, connections and complexities of the topic.
  • Select and use a range of skills, solve problems, take decisions critically, creatively and flexibly, to achieve planned outcomes.
  • Evaluate outcomes both in relation to agreed targets and own learning and performance.
  • Select and use a range of communicate skills and media to present evidenced outcomes and conclusions in an appropriate format.


How will the MEIP enrich your experience of studying at Maiden Erlegh School?

The MEIP offers you the opportunity to:

  • Develop and improve your own learning and performance as critical, reflective, and independent students.
  • Develop and apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
  • Extend your planning, research, critical thinking, analysis, synthesis, evaluation, and presentation skills.
  • Develop and apply skills creatively, demonstrating initiative and enterprise.
  • Use your learning experiences through the MEIP to widen and support your aspirations for higher education and/or career development.
  • Transfer skills developed as part of your MEIP to other areas of study.


How can you get involved?

To complete the MEIP, you are asked to produce and hand in a:

  • c.1500 word essay to answer your MEIP question
  • A portfolio containing:
  • Project plan, including: objectives, proposed resources to be used, proposed areas to cover
  • Production diary (for each date: what work was carried out, resources used)
  • Research evidence (samples of notes and plans)
  • Bibliography and evaluation of resources (at least 3 resources must be evaluated for their utility and reliability for researching the MEIP question) 
  • c.500 words reflection, including: how you would extend / develop the project if you had more time, strengths and limitations of the project and the way it was carried out, how completing the project will support your future study and career aspirations, and what advice you would give to future MEIP students
  • ‘Poster show’ style poster to present your research at the MEIP Presentation and Awards Evening

Here are some examples of outstanding work produced by last years MEIP cohort!


What should you do next?

If you think the MEIP is for you, please speak with or email Miss Bateman ( who is more than happy to help you!