Last Updated: Wednesday, December 11, 2019

DYW – Interesting Practice: Career education in the primary sector

What is this?

​This exemplar provides an overview of the career education programme developed by Caskieberran Primary School, Glenrothes, Fife. It outlines a dynamic and systematic career education programme that provides learner of all ages with a wide variety of opportunities to enhance their skills for learning life and work.

Who is this for?

​This exemplar will be useful for practitioners involved in the planning, implementing and evaluation of the Developing the Young Workforce agenda.

It supports professional reflections around the Career Education and Work Placements Standards as well as School / Employer Partnerships.

How to use this exemplar to improve practice?

This exemplar aims to inspire reflective thinking by practitioners engaged in the planning or implementation of career education for pupils from 3 - 18. It particularly focuses on a strategic approach of developing a coherent programme from nursery to P7 with a focus on enterprise and the development of employability skills in partnership with local employers. This exemplar is solution focused and outlines practical ideas on how to provide learners with the opportunity to enhance skills for learning, life and work (including STEAM) and meaningful experiences of the world of work.

You are invited to use this exemplar to reflect on the following questions:

  • How effectively do you plan for career education opportunities and progression pathways for learners from 3 - 18?
  • In what ways do you ensure that you meet the needs of all learners to develop skills for learning, life and work?
  • In what ways does the curriculum provision and timetabling in your establishment incorporate career education for all learners?
  • To what extend are partners involved in delivering meaningful, work related experiences for learners, the delivery of skills and qualifications as well as prospective career opportunities?
  • What strategies have been employed to involve parents in the process of career education at all stages?

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Word file: Caskieberran Primary School (88 KB)

PDF file: Career Education in the Primary Sector - Our Enterprise and Employability Journey (1.1 MB)

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What was done?

Building on a successful enterprising learning culture, Caskieberran Primary School introduced a number of initiatives to enhance employability skills and a knowledge of career paths for learners from nursery to primary 7 and beyond. Some of the key features include diverse and long-term employer partnerships, P7-led Career Fair for all P7s from the cluster primaries, establishing a Career Hub in the school aimed at First/Second level, establishing a career education 'High Street' aimed at Early/First level, incorporating parents in career information and guidance and forming a partnership with Fife College.

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Why?

  • Enhance the development of learners' skills for learning life and work.
  • Enhance pupils' knowledge of jobs and careers available in our local area, using Fife Council's eight identified areas of employment.
  • Inform pupils and parents of the paths available, including college, university and apprenticeship schemes.
  • Build on and extend enterprise education in line with DYW and Fife Councils Employability Programme;
  • Enhance school employer partnership
  • Extend STEAM related career focus.
  • Incorporate parents in the process of career information and guidance.

What was the impact?

  • Increased awareness of industries, businesses and jobs available in Fife.
  • Increased understanding of pathways to careers.
  • Increased engagement in learning, with pupils feeding back that they felt more confident in leading their own learning and in working independently.
  • Development of leadership skills, presentation skills, communication skills, negotiation skills and confidence.
  • Pupils developing ability to identify their own strengths, skills and areas for development.
  • Links made with Fife College.
  • Pupils involved in workshops with Fife College.
  • Enhancement of transition programme from P7 to High School.