Nurture Careers Intent

Nurture Primary (KS2) – ‘Explore’ 

We believe discussing careers at an early stage allows pupils to develop ambition and future goals. By encouraging our KS2 pupils to explore various career pathways, we can introduce them to various worlds of work. This also encourages students to develop respect for other professions and feel inspired by their roles. This coincides with their thematic curriculum and enrichment as set out by the Nurture Provision.

Years 7 & 8 Nurture – ‘Discover’ 

In Nurture, we aim to empower our students to make informed decisions about GCSE choices and post 16 choices. We strengthen their knowledge on working roles and rights including gender stereotypes in careers and minority groups within the working world. We broaden their horizons into looking towards the future and continue to encourage ambition and self-confidence. We discuss and provide opportunities for career skills development such as communication, CV writing and how to approach colleagues and/or employers with respect. We increase awareness of the variety of future job roles including pathways on attaining them such as university, college or apprenticeships. We also facilitate a growing awareness of self-esteem, self-care and physical/mental wellbeing in the workplace.

Nurture Careers Curriculum / Programme

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
  • STEM Careers

Summer Term Topics

  • Careers Recap
  • Job Profiles
  • STEM Careers Continued
  • GCSE Choices

Update – January 2023

The Year 7 & 8 Careers Curriculum is currently being reviewed by the Nurture / Careers Lead to ensure it is meeting the changing needs / aspirations of the cohort. This is also being reviewed to ensure statutory provider access guidance is being met.

Employability 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.

Primary Careers Provision

Our Primary Class is an important part of our Careers Programme, the class teacher and careers leader work closely together to organise activities suitable to the needs, aspirations and abilities of the cohort.

The class have access to a number of activities including Careers Topic work as part of the PSHE curriculum, access to Employer workshop including visits for serving police staff and aspiration visits from a local footballer.

The KS2 class also partake in activities for National Careers & Apprenticeship weeks.


If any parent/carers would like to enquire about Careers Education at The Heights, they can contact Mr R Doohan (School’s Careers Lead) via email

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