At the Heights Blackburn, it is vital that our learners in our Nurture Provision have access to a high quality careers provision. Learners have access to weekly Careers Education delivered by the school Careers Lead and Nurture Team.

Learners are on short & long term placement, to understand where the learner is up to in their Careers Education Journey, learners will complete a short induction form during their first week, this information helps the Careers Team track what events and activities the learner have participated in during their time at their mainstream setting.

Learners will also have access to Employer talks and visits, they will have the opportunity to engage with said employers and engage with local FE/HE providers such as Blackburn College and Myerscough College. Learners also have the opportunity to meet with the New Direction Careers Advisor by making an appointment with their class teacher.

Careers Education Curriculum Overview:

Autumn Term Topics

  • Careers & Stereotypes
  • All About me careers
  • Star Qualities

Spring Term Topics

  • National Career Week
  • National Apprenticeship Week
  • Money Matters
  • STEM Careers

Summer Term Topics

  • Apprenticeships
  • Careers Recap
  • Job Profiles
  • STEM Careers

Skills Development 

Learners will have the opportunity to develop key employability skills during their core subject and enrichment programme. Learners will be encouraged to develop the following skills:

  • Team Work
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Determination
  • Research
  • Presenting Skills
  • Leadership
  • Organisational Skills

The Year 7 & 8 Careers programme is planned in collaboration with the Schools Nurture Manager, SLT, a qualified Careers Advisor and local business links.

If any parent/carers would like to enquire about Careers Education at The Heights, they can contact Mr R Doohan (School’s Careers Leader) via email ross.doohan@theheightsfreeschool.org

“The culture and ethos of the school encourages a caring and supportive environment in which learning and good behaviour can flourish.”

Ofsted