Support students and key stakeholders to understand all pathways

Informing Parents/Carers about Pathways 

Talking Futures provides a suite of resources, activities and practical guidance to help you engage parents in supporting their children to decide upon their next best step. Here are key resources from the toolkit, which will support you in informing parents/carers about pathways: 

  • A flexible PowerPoint presentation to introduce careers and education options to parents/carers  

  • Animations to be shared to support effective careers conversations between parents/carers & students highlighting key pathways at 16/18  

  • Inspiration and upskilling: action planning. A low-pressure session where families complete the Family action plan or Pathway planner with support from school or college staff.
  • Family quiz event . A fun quiz to familiarise families with information about careers and education options. 

Informing Staff about Pathways 

My Learning, My Future is a suite of resources for curriculum subject staff to highlight the relevance of their subject to future careers and opportunities and to support students to understand pathways from each subject to future careers and opportunities 

Informing Students about Pathways 

  • Access this flexible ‘Talking Futures’ PowerPoint presentation template to introduce careers and education options to students and demonstrate the role their parents/carers can play in their decision making. Includes homework activity for KS3-4 students.  

  • You can also signpost students to the ‘Your Options’: Routes through technical training’ Guide 

Other supporting resources: 

1: Benchmark 7: Making it Meaningful >

  • Access this recording and checklist to support you to plan meaningful encounters with providers to support your students to understand all learning opportunities available to them 

2:  T Levels 

  • Access this toolkit> to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence in talking about T-Levels 
  • Share this video> on website and in parental communications to support parents to better understand T Levels 
  • Share this guide> with staff to support their understanding of what T Levels are. Share relevant T Level posters with key staff for displays 
  • Customise and share this T-Levels student Activity Pack> to support your students to better understand T Levels 

3: Apprenticeships & Traineeships 

  • Visit Amazing Apprenticeships>, founded to tackle misconceptions about apprenticeships and promote the benefits  
  • Access ‘The Complete Guide> to Higher and Degree Apprenticeships’ to understand more about Higher Degree Apprenticeships 
  • Access this information> to develop your skills, knowledge and confidence in talking about Traineeships 
  • A useful and informative overview> of the Independent Training Provider sector 

4: Work It series > 

  • Developed by the CEC Work It is a series of careers talks with young people, for young people. Learn about some of the different routes available after leaving education from a range of inspiring youth voices. These also raise awareness of roles of the young people and the businesses they work for. 

5. Higher Education  

  • UCAS > helps to inspire and empower people to make aspirational choices about higher education and learning 
  • UniTasterDays > is a directory of university events for school groups and individual students. 
  • The Student Room > (TSR) is an online community where thousands of students help each other out. It exists for all young people – no matter your background or your aspirations. Whatever life throws your way, from taking GCSEs to landing a job to dealing with relationships, The Student Room community is here for you 

6: Funded Careers Leader Training >

  • To access funded professional training that will support you in developing a progressive careers programme including how students can be supported to make informed decisions at key transitions, please access our training catalogue> with details of all fully funded offers available, including information on the additional £1000 training bursary 

7. My Skills My Future >

  • This programme has been collated from resources across our partners and network to support young people with SEND under the 2 groups identified in the SEND toolkit. It contains lessons around employability skill development , employer projects and engagement videos all to support young people in their next steps. 


  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Ahead Of The Game 2022
  • Free
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Guidance
  • Transition
  • SEND