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The school's career education and guidance plan shows how the school's strategy and policy will be achieved. It includes:

  • a programme of actual learning opportunities, interventions and interactions the school intends to provide
  • a framework for identifying, meeting the needs, and tracking the progress of students who may be unprepared for the transition to the workplace or further education/training
  • details on how the programme will be delivered, for example, staffing, timetabling, budget, professional development, and so on
  • details on how the programme will be monitored and evaluated.

An effective programme will make it clear which career management competencies and learning outcomes are priorities. It will provide group learning experiences for all students, career education and guidance for specific groups of students, and ongoing support and guidance for individuals.

Part of a rich and balanced education

A career education and guidance programme isn’t planned in isolation. It will seek to maximise connections and coherence with other school programmes and strategies and to support and be supported by those.

It will be consistent with the principles of the New Zealand Curriculum by encouraging high expectations, valuing the unique contributions of diverse people to a productive and sustainable society, linking with learning across the curriculum, seeking active community engagement and encouraging students to envision and build their futures. It will take account of students’ whole of life experiences, develop their ability to relate what they learn at school to their futures, encourage them to reflect and take action, and support them to do this.

Many schools support programme planning by asking syndicates, teams, departments or faculties to set career education goals and targets in their management plans and to report on these regularly.

“The school has an outward-looking philosophy and a focus on lifelong skills. Learning is integrated, experiential and inquiry based. We take students to workplaces. They learn about gathering and processing information as a basis for making decisions and, most importantly, taking action. All students are actively encouraged to take part in a range of extracurricular and community activities. The aim is to enhance their transferable skills and their self-awareness.”

Deputy principal, Takapuna Normal Intermediate

Published on: 04 Aug 2009