As a parent, guardian or carer of a child or young person at Highfurlong School, here is the information on work related learning, careers and enterprise opportunities you can expect during their time in School.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

A stable careers programme. Highfurlong has an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Students engage in careers based opportunities by learning about work and learning through work. This begins in Early Years and is accessed by pupils at all stages in their development. In Key Stage 5 students access an employability programme of study and the Asdan PSD module Preparation for Work. We plan for and provide a wide range of differentiated opportunities in preparation for work, skills including CV building, interview techniques, form filling and mock interviews.

Students across the school access  Business Enterprise through collapsing the timetable for one week in November and one week in May or June, in addition to Key Stage 5 students having a focus on Enterprise every Wednesday, when they run business groups. Enterprise visits including a wide range of employers. Work related learning opportunities begin in KS3 with class visits and tasters to employers, individual tasters  to enable access to employers and placements attended to complement personalised learning pathways.

Independence and life skills are a focus within Key Stage 5, residential visits are offered and external accreditation is completed to support and extend such activities. A Short Course in Employability Skills is offered and employability days may be accessed through a variety of events. Internships may be accessed through local college provision and Project Search. Visits are arranged to local and specialist colleges, post 19 providers and universities to raise awareness in order for students to make informed choices for their future.

Learning from career and labour market information. Every student and their parents or carers, are able to access personalised  good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. The learner and their family have access to support of an informed adviser in order to make best use of available information.

Addressing the needs of each student. Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support are tailored to the needs of each student. Highfurlong’s careers programme embeds equality and diversity considerations throughout.

 Information included in each individual students One Page Profiles include “Important For” and Important To Me”  Annual Reviews, target setting and the monitoring and assessment of learning is constant. 1:1 support for young people and their families is provided through the staff team.  Students from Key Stage 3 onwards create personalised Pathways each September where the learners consider their next stage in education and life.

In addition students complete Vocational profiles and have access to differentiated versions of the work experience log books to record their experiences and achievements. All students have a Personal Development file.

Linking curriculum learning to careers.

External Accreditation Qualifications and Awards

From Early Years up to Key Stage 5 pupils learn about jobs and people who help them, with the younger learners this is delivered in a topic based format and through play. We have a range of job related dressing up clothes and props in each of the classrooms to support awareness.

Highfurlong School has high aspirations and expectations for all our learners and within KS4 and 5 all students access external accreditation, Highfurlong’s offer changes in order to meet the personalised learning pathways of our students and may include;

Entry Level qualifications;

Personal Development opportunities

ASDAN – Short courses

Asdan Awards and Certificates

PSD at E1, E2 and E3 and L1

Asdan Transition Challenge

Towards Independence modules

Functional skills English, Maths and ICT

Personalised Pathway opportunities

Work Related Learning opportunities and Information Advice and Guidance


Student Voice opportunities

Student Council

Projects -working together with a wide range of community and collaborative partners

Provision at Highfurlong is designed to meet the needs of the young people and their pathway, we offer a bespoke package based on needs and interests.

Encounters with employers and employees. Every student has multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This is achieved through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, work place visits (group) work experience placements (individual), mentoring and enterprise programmes of study. We have a wide network of collaborative partners who support our Disability Awareness Training and for example by working closely with our local hospital and medical centres and also working with Blackpool Transport we have an arena to share ideas and have our voices heard. Through our facilitator at the Carers centre students access a wide range of placements and we value excellent relationships with employers. As a school we are very keen to engage with employers and welcome visits into school to encourage partnership work.

We are always delighted to work with local employers, and would ask any employer who may consider offering opportunities to our learners  to contact Mark Birtles via We have produced an overview of information as an introduction to our school, this is available on request.

*see link to work placement rolling programme

Experiences of workplaces. Every student has first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities.We provide a comprehensive offer to all our students in order to enable access to work experience placements – *link to SLA from Carers Centre.

All key stage 5 students have one individual placement each year during Y12, Y13 and Y14. In addition students from KS3 onwards access one workplace visit per term with their own class group to raise awareness of work locally.

Links with Farm to Fork run by Tesco, means awareness is raised for pupils in KS2, 3, 4 and 5. A further link for our KS2 group is with Penny Farm as they adopted a horse and visit on a regular basis, learning about the tasks involved in looking after horses in a stable.

Community involvement includes volunteering opportunities for example litter picking, beach cleaning, raising money for local and national charities, visits to care homes, work at allotments and the local cemetery, planting shrubs and trees and also attending community events.

Encounters with further and higher education. All students have access to raising awareness of  the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both the more academic and the vocational routes on offer in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

College link courses are in place to enable a taster of college life.

Visits are organised  to;

Myerscough College

Blackpool and the Fylde Gateway and Bispham Campus

Project Search

Beaumont in Blackpool

Previously we organised visits to Specialist Colleges (day place and residential) this could be offered if appropriate to the individual learner.

Lancaster University workshops

UCLAN research project (2018)

Personal guidance. Every student has opportunities for guidance interviews with a number of personnel including the Transition and Family Support Worker (a trained Careers Advisor) based in school, the work experience coordinator, Helen Hay, who is based at The Carers Centre but is a regular visitor to school, and is based at Highfurlong one day a week to support access to placements, conducts Interviews prior to work placements and attends the Meet and Greet with the employer and learner on the first session, and the Transition Social Worker (Blackpool or Lancashire) in addition to having access to relevant  visiting professionals. The Annual Review for all pupils has a focus on independence and employment opportunities and for the students who have Collaborative meetings there is an opportunity to discuss around transition and career choices as appropriate.

Provision at Highfurlong is designed to meet the needs of the individual young person and fully support their pathway, we offer a bespoke package based on needs and interests. In addition we have a number of interactive books illustrating our post 16 offer, which are available to borrow.

Highfurlong maintains secure professional links for advice and guidance with the Transition Social Workers in place for learners living in  Blackpool and Lancashire, the Aiming Higher charity supports benefit claims and offers advice and guidance within a range of areas.

Policy Statement on provider access

Highfurlong School: Provider Access Policy


This policy statement sets out the school’s arrangements for managing the access of providers to pupils at the school for the purpose of giving them information about the provider’s education or training offer. This complies with the school’s legal obligations under Section 42B of the Education Act 1997.

Pupil entitlement

All pupils in years 8-13 (9-14) are entitled:

to find out about all relevant education and personal development qualifications and opportunities, as part of a careers programme which provides information on the full range of education and training options available at each transition point;

to hear from a range of local providers about the opportunities they offer, including technical education and apprenticeships – through options events, assemblies and group discussions and taster events;

to understand how to make applications for the full range of academic and technical courses and to be supported in the process of transition.

Management of provider access requests


A provider wishing to request access should contact Mark Birtles, Telephone: 01253392188;


Opportunities for access

A number of events including Annual Review meetings, Collaborative meetings, Work Experience introductions, visiting colleges and training providers are most welcome to join us for the annual transition event held in school; these are integrated into the school careers programme and will offer providers an opportunity to come into school to speak to pupils and / or their parents / carers

We do have a ‘Talking Book’ available in an easy read version to give young people information about Key Stage 5 and an overview of our  Personal Development opportunities. This book will give your son or daughter an idea about the work related learning and enterprise opportunities as a pupil at Highfurlong. Please contact school to request to loan this book.