Preparation for Adulthood

Highfurlong School is fully committed to ensuring that all of our pupils obtain the skills, knowledge and attitudes to best enable them for the next stage of their learning journey for life beyond school. We have an embedded programme of career education and work related learning and guidance. Our aim is to ensure that pupils and their families are fully prepared for and informed effectively about, the next steps so that pupils can aspire to be the best they can be.

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.

Work related learning opportunities begin in Key Stage 3 with class visits and tasters to employers, progressing to more individual tasters in Key Stage 4/5 to enable access to employers and placements, intended to complement personalised learning pathways.

Independence and life skills are a focus within Key Stage 4 and 5, residential visits are offered and external accreditation is completed to support and extend such activities.

Internships may also be accessed through local college provision and Project Search. Visits are arranged to local specialist colleges, post 19 providers and universities to raise awareness in order for students to make informed choices for their future.

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James has never been so happy, we are so grateful to all the staff at Highfurlong!

Mr & Mrs Brown - Preston