Careers and Work Related Learning

Careers Lead: Mark Birtles

Career Action Plans
Our career action plans are a dynamic planning document owned and managed by young people.  They are intended to reflect their increased career development learning.  The plan helps young people:

  • set their goals
  • clarify the actions
  • needed to achieve these goals
    commit to participating in the planned activities                                                     

Our young people are encouraged to assume ownership of their career action plan. Parents and staff work with them to help them complete the plan. The young person must be actively involved in the process.  Parents, family members, community members, carers, guardians, or other trusted adults are encouraged to comment on their young person’s plan.

Using the career action plan
Young people at Highfurlong will complete a career action plan every year from years 7 to 12.   The plan will be continually revised to reflect career development activities taken throughout the year. Maintaining a plan is an ongoing process, not a one-off activity.

Components of the career action plans
Years 7 to 10
The plans contain a range of components that develop progressively across years 7 to 10. The components reflect the three stages of career development. The components include:

  • My profile: Self-development information to assist young people to understand themselves and the influences on them through identification of interests, values and skills.
  • My progress: Self-development information to assist young people to reflect on their experiences and achievements over the past year.
  • My goals and plans: Self-development information to assist young people to develop their capabilities, and career exploration information to encourage location, investigation and consideration of opportunities in learning and future work options.
  • My review: Career management information to assist young people to adjust their career action plans and manage their life choices, changes and transitions. 
Years 11 and 12 
The career action plans for young people in years 11 and 12 concentrate on career management information, address career choices and the attributes and skills required to achieve them. The additional components include:
  • My future: Career exploration information to assist young people to consider attributes, skills, education/training requirements, courses and labour market information relating to their career choices.
  • My plan: Career management information to assist young people to reflect on past goals before setting new goals that align with their career choices.

Work Related Learning

All pupils Y7 and above are offered the opportunity to access work placements either as a group or individually.  This academic year pupils have attended work place visits to Spire Hospital and Blackpool Football Club.  Pupils were able to explore different career options and ask questions and gather information.