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Parent and Carer Area

80.75% of students say their parents help them to make key careers decisions

This section of The Hinckley School website is aimed at helping parents and carers source information to help support young people in their future decisions.  Below you will find three helpful sections; information about education options, types of jobs and local opportunities. 

Talking Futures provide free resources, activities and practical guidance to help you support your child’s careers and education choices.

Education Options

There are a variety of educational routes available to students when they leave Example School.  Click each button below to find out more.



Types of jobs

Students who have a vision of where they want to be in the future may find it easier to plan their next steps more easily.  To help students and parents to get an idea of what types of jobs are out there we would suggest looking at a number of these websites:


Local Opportunities

With developments in technology there are now numerous jobs that did not exist 10 years ago.  It is important to keep up to date with what is happening locally, nationally and internationally.  In regard to local opportunities, the Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership (LLEP) are leading the way in a number of exciting developments with a range of sectors including space, low carbon, and digital.  Click the links below for more information.

Short video guide to the labour market

Watch a film about Low Carbon jobs and careers
Watch a film about Space jobs and careers

Watch our film about Digital and Creative jobs and careers

Watch our jobs and career videos from lots of other local industries

Below you will find some useful posters and booklets to understand the different qualifications, our students’ career journey and other resources.

Download our helpful qualifications chart Download our Young Persons 'World of Work' Guide


Click here to explore the KS3 Career Journey...

Year Group Topic Students will learn...

Developing skills and aspirations

  • How to develop student leadership skills

Community and careers

  • How to work collaboratively and communicate confidently
  • How to set goals
  • How to plan to achieve targets
  • What career opportunities are available


  • About equality of opportunity in life and work and
    challenging stereotypes in the work place

What shall I be?

  • What different career paths there are
  • What sort of qualifications do you need to access different careers

Choices and pathways

  • About different career pathways in relation to GCSEs and further qualifications
  • Setting targets and planning how to reach them

Employment rights and responsibilities

  • About young peoples’ employment rights and responsibilities
  • Employability skills
  • How to act upon and give constructive feedback

Setting goals and for success

  • How to recognise strengths and areas of development as you begin your GCSEs
  • How to confidently ask for support when you need it
  • Set targets for success

Click here to explore the KS4 Careers Journey...

Year Group Topic Students will learn...
10 Preparation for work experience
  • How to prepare for the world of work
10 Global world of work
  • About the range of employment opportunities there are
  • About the need to challenge stereotypes about particular pathways
  • About the information and guidance available for next steps
  • About local, national and global opportunities for work
  • About employment sectors and types and changing patterns of employment
10 My CV
  • How to recognise strengths and areas of development
  • How to effectively communicate your successes
11 Further education and work
  • How to use feedback constructively when planning for the future
  • How to achieve targets
  • Effective revision techniques and strategies
  • About options post 16 and pathways
  • About application processes
  • How to manage on line presence and maximize employability
  • How to manage work/life balance
11 Professional conduct in the workplace
  • How to develop moral values and self-efficacy, including motivation, perseverance and resilience
  • How to present yourself positively and maintain a healthy self- concept
  • How to be assertive

Click here to explore the KS5 Careers Journey...

Year Group Topic Students will learn...

Making informed decisions about your future

  • What next? The main routes after Y13
  • Application skills – CVs, applications and interviews
  • Work experience – tasters, visits, shadowing
  • Futures Fair alongside Y12 Parents’ Evening – Universities and Apprenticeship providers
  • UCAS Fair trip for Y12
  • ‘Assessing your skills’ self-review and targets with tutors
13 Making next step plans
  • Choosing your course
  • Writing a personal statement
  • Writing an effective CV
  • Student loans
  • Sourcing additional finance
  • Making final UCAS choices
  • Supporting ongoing applications and decisions
  • Positive relationships – in and out of the workplace