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Nurture Careers Programme – Intent Statement

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 develop their knowledge and understanding 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, team work, Listening and problem solving skills. We aim to 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 well being in preparation for the workplace.

Primary Nurture (Year 3 – 6) – Careers Provision Overview

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.

Nurture (Year 7 & 8) – Careers Provision Overview

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 in the Nurture Provision 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 and prior to attending the Heights, this also allows the Careers Leader to adapt the programme to meet the needs and aspirations of the cohort.

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 Burnley College. Learners also have the opportunity to meet with the New Direction Careers Advisor by making an appointment with their class teacher.


Year 7 & 8 – Planned Careers Activities:

Autumn Term 1 – 2023 Autumn Term 2 – 2023
September – Introduction to Careers & Employability Skills Workshop delivered by Careers Leader / Enterprise Advisor


Friday 13th October – Burnley College – Journey to Success Workshop (Period 1 & 2)

Thursday 30th November – Careers Fair Workshop  with Careers Lead


Friday 1st December – Careers & Futures Fair

Spring Term 1 – 2024 Spring Term 2 – 2024
Friday 9th February – NAW 2024 – National Apprenticeship Week Workshop – delivered by RD Friday 8th March – NCW – IAG Workshop / Future Session with New Directions Careers Advisor
Summer Term 1 – 2024 Summer Term 2 – 2024
Outdoor Education – Conversations with Employers and Employees



Thursday 4th July – Options & Lifestyles – Local FE Provider – Year 8

Date – TBC – Options Session with L6 Careers Advisor


The above activities are subject to change, and are adapted to meet the needs of the learners in the cohort, learners lesson will also be linked to Careers throughout the curriculum and learners will also take part in weekly competition called ‘World of Work Wednesdays’ where learners will learner about a different role / sector each week.

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 conjunction with the Schools Nurture Lead & Department, the Senior Leadership Team, a qualified Careers Advisor and local business links.

Careers Leader Contact Details:

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 Programme for Ks2 & 3 is reviewed on an annual basis with the Lead for Nurture and the school’s SLT.


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


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