Careers Introduction

At Highfield School, we aim to provide our all students with knowledge, skills, and attributes to achieve their full potential for life, learning and work. It is important that students are enabled to make informed decisions about post 16 routes and the relevant pathways to support their longer-term plans.

We have planned programmes in Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 (including our off-site provision City Futures), and work to the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Careers Statutory Guidance January 2023.

Good Career Guidance: Perspectives from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities sector contains 12 expert perspectives on using the Gatsby Benchmarks with students with SEND, and has been developed by the Gatsby Foundation with The Careers & Enterprise Company, and Disability Rights UK. It is intended to inspire Careers Leaders, teachers and all those working with young people with SEND, across specialist provision and mainstream schools and colleges.

This publication has been designed to sit alongside The Careers & Enterprise Company’s SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit, the publication, which provides detailed advice and ideas to help schools meet each benchmark, is available online at