Shaping Futures Online Resources

This section will cover the many different routes and options at HE level. We also look at how learning is different at university, what student life can be like as well as opportunities such as student societies and study abroad. We also give information, advice and guidance on completing UCAS and Student Finance applications.

This section provides support for students in planning their future. We include choices at KS4, KS5, HE and career planning. Labour Market Information and Growth Sectors are also covered, as well as support for students in learning how to use this information effectively.

Skills to Succeed focuses on attainment, resilience, transferable skills and citizenship. This section will help to equip students with skills needed for GCSE, Level 3 and HE study. Learners will identify their unique strengths and explore which careers utilise their skills set.


This site showcases Shaping Futures current offer. As one of our priority schools and colleges you have unlimited access to this content. Our 3 umbrella themes contain subtopics exploring all aspects of the careers curriculum, supporting teaching staff to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks and learners to make informed decisions for their future.

These pages are filled with free resources created by us and curated from other professional sites, which we believe will empower your learners to explore their options. The worksheets, videos and activities on these pages can be used in your lesson planning to enrich a session or set as homework to encourage independent learning.

Additionally, the Shaping Futures Team are available to deliver a session to your class and use recourses shared here alongside exclusive content specifically designed for our target ward learners. If you are interested in this offer, or finding out more, please contact your designated Higher Education Progression Advisor (HEPA). You can also use our booking form to express an interest in a session for your learners.

Spotlight on: Interview Skills

Around this time of year students begin to prepare for the next stage of their lives. Whether that is college, apprenticeships, university or work, an interview is usually part of the process. This year things are slightly different as many interviews will be happening virtually. Shaping Futures are on hand to help learners to develop essential interview skills to aid them in this process.

Interviews PDF.pdf

Interview Skills Session

Take a look at this overview of our current Interview Skills offer which is available to all priority schools. It will give you an insight into the aims and objectives of the session, the content, additional resources and delivery options. We can also offer 1-2-1 mock interviews with target ward learners to help them put the skills they have developed into practice!

Our offer is suitable for learners in Years 9 - 13. Please get in touch with your HEPA if you would like to find out more or book the session. Alternatively, please use our booking form to express and interest in any of our sessions.

LJMU Interview Resources

Colleagues at our partner institution, Liverpool John Moores University, provide an engaging, honest and realistic take on why interviews exist, what aspects students need to consider in advance, how to be aware of their behaviour during both a virtual and face to face interview experience and some candid examples of what not to do! This resource helps bring to life the realities of interviews and will help to lift the usual anxieties around the ‘unknown’ for your students. It can used to provide group discussion points giving students the opportunity to talk through their own preparations and share ideas on positive approaches and working through anticipated questions.

New Resource!

We are constantly updating this site with brand new resources and the most up-to-date information. Keep checking in to see what's new at Shaping Futures!

Support Glossary.pdf

Student Support

Universities and Colleges have ample support available to their students, but sometimes it can be difficult to know where to find them. Services are known by different names at each institution, and it's not always clear what the service offers.

With this in mind Shaping Futures have produced a 'Student Support Glossary' designed to clarify what support services do and the kind of things they offer.

We hope this helps you and your students to be able to navigate support services, but do get in touch with your HEPA if you'd like more information on this topic.