Work-related learning plays a vital role in young peoples’ journey to a successful adulthood. It helps young people connect their learning with the world of work, develop the employability skills that employers value, build their enterprise capability, and make more informed choices about their career options.
Careers Education, information, advice and guidance begins at KS1 when the pupils look at the types of jobs there are in school, people who help us and investigate various job families. This continues within the primary curriculum and is supported by the wide range of enterprise opportunities the pupils engage with during KS1 and KS2.
From Key Stage 3 onwards students and their parents or guardians become increasingly aware of the options open to the young people post 16. Parents are encouraged to play a key role in Annual Review meetings, which are child centred, to help with preparation for future decision-making. This includes meeting with other professionals who have direct support roles; Pam Littlewood Transition and Family Support, Transition Social Workers (Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde) and employment officers from The Carers Centre who work closely with Highfurlong to arrange work place visits for whole classes, groups and individuals and specific placements to support the students Individual and Personalised Learning Pathways. Targets and strategies are set so parents and staff at school can work together.
Parents and students are encouraged to attend local college open days/evenings and attend information sessions at Highfurlong presented by visiting college personnel. If specialist college (either for a day placement or residential place) is a possible option, then visits to the colleges are advised as early as possible and the application made in the autumn term prior to leaving Highfurlong the following summer. It is essential for students and parents to research the possible options.
We are happy to discuss options at any time, please contact Joanne Martin or Pam Littlewood at school for an appointment.