Developing an annual education plan will help students take responsibility for their education, make informed decisions, and plan for the future with the help of parents, the dean, teachers, and guidance counsellors. The plan will include the student’s goals for academic achievement and for learning both inside and outside school. The annual education plan is compulsory for students in Grades 7 to 12. Copies of the plans can be retained in each student’s academic and career portfolios and will be available for student and teacher-advisor reference.

Starting in Grade 9, students’ plans will also include their tentative post-secondary destinations. When making plans for post-secondary activities, students will research and consider their options: continued study at university, college, or a vocational school; industry-or sector-based training such as apprenticeships and internships; or direct entry into the work force. Students will consider the Manitoba Youth Apprenticeship Programme and schoolwork transition Programmes. They will also consider related activities such as participation in career exploration activities, financial planning, and preparation for independent living.
In the process of completing their annual education plan, students will learn about their options and choices. As well, they will experience firsthand the impact of their decisions on their education and career goals. They will come to understand the relevance of their studies to their personal goals and recognize the importance of having learning experiences beyond the classroom (e.g., community service, community involvement, volunteer experience, part-time and summer work, personal interests such as hobbies) and how those experiences contribute to their overall development.
Learning and using the process involved in developing an education plan is as equally important to students as the actual plans themselves. The steps of this process will include the following:

  • reviewing any previous educational plans and Individual Education Plans where appropriate
  • assessing their interests, achievements, strengths, and needs
  • evaluating the achievement of previously set goals
  • setting new short and long-term goals
  • identifying the resources (information and people) and strategies needed to reach these goals
  • evaluating the achievement of those goals
  • reviewing their academic progress
  • developing an educational or career plan

The planning process helps parents and teachers become aware of the goals and passions the students have for themselves and the education Programmes they are considering. Report cards will be an important tool to encourage students to review their annual education plan at least twice a year. In Grade 12, students will review their annual education plan with their guidance counsellors and parents so that they can benefit from constructive feedback and encouragement.