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Higham Lane School

Higham Lane School

Careers Information

Careers & Work Experience Lead - Mrs E Mitchell

Work-Related Learning and Careers Education, Information and Guidance

Statement of Entitlement

As a student at Higham Lane School, you are entitled to receive a programme of work related and career related learning, careers information and impartial advice and guidance, designed to help you to recognise and develop your skills and abilities, know what opportunities are available in the world of work and to make plans to help you achieve your education and career goals.

At all Key Stages you can expect . . .

  • Access to a planned programme relevant to your year group.
  • Access to a qualified impartial and independent careers adviser for personalised advice and guidance.
  • Help to recognise your likes, dislikes, influences, strengths and preferences in relation to career decisions. Innformation about the world of work and how the labour market is changing;
  • information about further and higher education, training and apprenticeships  and employment routes.
  • To take part in activities which challenge stereotyping and raise your aspirations.
  • To develop skills and qualities to improve your employability.
  • To develop enterprise skills.Too be well prepared for different transitions.
  • Help to develop financial capability skills.
  • To develop and strengthen your personal presentation skills for selection processes.
  • Sign posting to relevant up-to-date and impartial sources of careers information and advice.

Also, to not have limitations imposed on your aspirations based upon your social, economic or ethnic background.



By the end of Key Stage 3:

  • Begin to develop an awareness of your individual skills, strengths and preferred learning styles in relation to post- 16 pathways and future career goals.
  • Be able to access careers resources via the LRC and the career menu website.
  • Receive careers information and on-going support from staff such as your Tutor.
  • Take part in the Year 8 Options Evening event where you can access information about different curriculum areas and the implications of studying specific subjects in Key Stage 4.
  • Taken part in the Year 8 Job Taster event.
  • Have been given the opportunity to attend a meeting with a qualified, independent and impartial careers guidance advisor.

By the end of Key Stage 4:

  • Experience careers education, focused on your development, labour market awareness, educational pathways and employability skills, as part of a Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural education programme, in CPSHE & tutor time.
  • Be offered at least one individual appointment with a qualified, independent, impartial careers advisor.
  • Devise an action plan towards your career goals.
  • Have listened to talks on different careers.
  • Have been given the opportunity to speak to representatives from various sectors of the world of work.
  • Have developed financial capability skills.
  • Have produced and reviewed a curriculum vitae.
  • Have written a formal letter, e.g. covering letter.
  • Been given impartial advice and guidance on post-16 education, employment and training and apprenticeship options.
  • Develop presentation and interview skills, taking part in the Year 11 Practice Interviews.
  • Be offered the opportunity to take part in taster days/sesssions.
  • Have visited or spoken to representatives of further or higher education institutions, such as universities.
  • Be given the opportunity to take part in Work Experience.

By the end of Key Stage 5:

  • Be offered at least one individual appointment with a qualified, independent, impartial careers advisor.
  • Participate in an enrichment and tutorial programme focused on your personal development.
  • Develop independent research skill.
  • Have had the opportunity to meet university representatives.
  • Have had the opportunity to meet apprenticeship providers.
  • Have been given the opportunity to visit universities.
  • Have been given the opportunity to volunteer or take part in work experience.
  • Have received a regular bulletin, containing up-to-date information on higher education taster days, apprenticeship and job opportunities.
  • Understand the UCAS process and be able to research different universities and courses using online resources.
  • Have information and support with financial planning for university, work and training.
  • Write a personal statement for a UCAS or job application.
  • Have been mentored through the university application process or supported with job or training applications.
  • Have  access  to  information  on  how  to  apply  for  internships,  sponsorships or Gap Year placements.
  • Be given the opportunity to take part in enterprise and challenge activities.


Policy 6 - Careers is contained in the `School Policies' section of this website, click on the link below to access it.