Post-16 / Careers at Highfields College

Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) at Highfields starts in Year 7 and continues through until Year 11. Our programme works in line with nationally-recognised Gatsby benchmarks:

  • Benchmark 1 – A stable careers programme
  • Benchmark 2 – Learning from the careers and labour market information
  • Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of all students
  • Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Benchmark 5 – Encounters with ‘Employers and Employees’
  • Benchmark 6 – Experiences of workplaces
  • Benchmark 7 – Encounters with further and higher education providers
  • Benchmark 8 – Personal guidance.

It is our vision that all students on leaving the PRU will have developed the skills, attitudes, qualities, behaviours and self-confidence to plan their future careers. On leaving Highfields, students will be more readily able to identify study and career pathways that best suit their individual needs and aspirations.

All students are provided with independent and impartial guidance from a variety of sources. Their learning will be continuous and they will be encouraged to regularly link their subjects to a variety of possible careers.

The CEIAG programme at Highfields involves personalised advice, particularly so at KS4, and taught sessions across the year groups – summarised as follows:

  • Year 7 and Year 8 – Beginning to be curious and think purposefully about the future.
  • Year 9 – Preparation for transition to KS4, with an eye on future studies and work.
  • Year 10 – Linking skills of current studies with future pathways.
  • Year 11 – Considering options and making decisions about future pathways.

We also have calendared ‘drop down’ events to cover a wide range of subjects including CEIAG.

Vocational opportunities in Year 10 and 11 along with visits to colleges, universities and employers all take place throughout the year to raise the aspirations of all students. Inspirational guest speakers will come into school, these will include students that have attended the PRU in the past and worked hard to gain qualifications and jobs post 16. The pupils will have the opportunity to attend a Careers and Networking Fair with a range of providers.

The impact CEIAG programme is evaluated by the following:

  • Post-16 Destinations Data
  • Student Voice
  • Parent/Carer Feedback

The Careers Leader is Ms Greenhalgh and can be contacted on 0161 406 7922 /