This page is updated regularly to provide information on the latest developments in careers education and guidance (CEG)...

15 June 2017

New minister for careers

For reasons that are not entirely clear Robert Halfon was sacked from his position as Minister for Skills, Apprenticeships and Careers in the DfE, following the recent General Election. He had been getting to grips with the role and we were anticipating the publication of the new strategy for careers. The new minister is Anne Milton and we don’t yet know what implications this will have for the long awaited strategy.    

 

18 April 2017

Bill Law

I use these pages to record headlines of developments in CEG policy and practice.  On this occasion there is a more personal note.  Earlier this month the careers world lost one of its original thinkers, Bill Law, who passed away on 8 April, aged 81.  Bill inspired so many of us who work in the careers profession.  He commented on policy but his passions were theory and practice.  He highlighted the importance of careers education in the curriculum and emphasised the need to help young people in schools develop not only the skills to make decisions and manage transitions but also an understanding of who gets to do what, and why.  Bill will be sadly missed but he will live on through his work for many years to come.

 

31 January 2017

Robert Halfon’s speech

In a speech at a school in London on 30 January, the Minister with responsibility for careers for both young people and adults confirmed the Government’s intention to publish a comprehensive strategy for all ages later this year.  He began by stressing the importance of lifelong careers and went on to highlight the need to transform careers guidance and bring greater coherence to provision, to improve the prestige of careers advice and to expand both the quantity and quality of careers provision across the country. He encouraged all schools to use the Gatsby benchmarks and the Compass tool, and said that the DfE will review the linkages between the National Careers Service, the Careers & Enterprise Company and the National Apprenticeship Service.

 

24 January 2017

Careers policy

Contrary to recent indications from the DfE, as part of the Green Paper on an Industrial Strategy launched by the Prime Minister on 23 January, the Government has announced that it will in fact now be publishing a comprehensive careers strategy, later this year.  The Minister with responsibility for careers, Robert Halfon MP, will be delivering a speech
on Monday 30 January, in which he will give further details and set out
his vision for the future

18 January 2017

Careers leaders in schools

The CDI has published a briefing on careers leadership in schools, which can be found at http://www.thecdi.net/Reports---Resources 

5 December 2016

New Minister for Careers

The new government established by Theresa May has reorganised some of the departments.  Responsibility for universities, FE, skills, apprenticeships and the National Careers Service, all formerly in BIS, has been relocated  into the DfE.  There is now a new Minister responsible for careers guidance  for both young people and adults, Robert Halfon MP. However, we are still waiting for the publication of the new strategy for improving careers guidance in schools, announced by the DfE a year ago.    

8 July 2016

Tool for schools to review careers provision against Gatsby benchmarks  
 
While we wait for the DfE’s new strategy for careers education and guidance in schools, Tristram Hooley at iCeGS has been working with the Gatsby Foundation and the Careers & Enterprise Company to launch a new, free, online self-review tool to help schools see how their careers provision matches up to the eight benchmarks of good practice. Tristram would like as many schools as possible to complete the tool this month, so that any necessary refinements can be made before the beginning of the next school year. For details follow this link
 
13 June 2016
 
Teach First pilot to be expanded
 
In 2015-16 Teach First has been piloting a CPD programme for Careers & Employability Leaders from 15 schools.  The programme is to be expanded next year to a further 45 schools, in South and West London, the East Midlands, the South East and the South coast.  It is free and will run from January 2017 to July 2018.  Application forms are available from access@teachfirst.org.uk. Completed applications must be received by 8 July 2016.
Completed applications must be received by 8 July 2016.
24 March 2016
 
Careers and Enterprise Fund winners
DfE new careers strategy 
 
The Careers & Enterprise Company has this week announced the 33 projects that have made successful bids to its £5m investment fund.  Details can be found on their website www.careersandenterprise.co.uk
 
The DfE is still planning to publish a new strategy for improving careers education and guidance in schools in England.  It is now expected in late May.  It is now expected in late May.
 
8 February 2016 

The Government is planning to introduce legislation to require all schools to collaborate with apprenticeship providers, colleges and UTCs, to ensure that all pupils are informed about the full range of technical and vocational options alongside continuing into the sixth form.

13 January 2016

New money for careers

The DfE is preparing a new strategy to support careers education and guidance in this Parliament.  This week the Prime Minister announced that it will spend £70 million on the strategy, which will include continued funding for the Careers & Enterprise Company and a national campaign to encourage business people and professionals to mentor young people at risk of dropping out of education or under-achieving.  Full details of the new careers strategy have yet to be announced but are expected in the next few months.

 

28 October 2015

£5 million Careers & Enterprise Fund 

The Careers & Enterprise Company has announced details of its £5 investment fund. The fund will be used to scale up projects that have a proven track record in supporting careers and enterprise work through enabling pupils to have encounters with employers, both in school and in the workplace.  Priority will be given  to regions of greatest need and to work with young people with SEND or who are NEET.  Applications should collaborate with, or support the emergence of, the network of Enterprise Advisers. The Company expects to support 15-25 projects, each of a value of between £50,000 and £1m.  Bids have to be submitted by 4 December. Further details can be found on the Company’s website www.careersandenterprise.co.uk      

 

15th July 2015

Teach First pilot: Teachers and Careers
In 2015-16 Teach First will be running a pilot project to test out materials and approaches to initial teacher education and CPD for teachers involved in careers work in schools.  The pilot will have three strands: sessions in the Summer Institute programme for new entrants, related to having career conversations with pupils; workshops with teachers in the first and second year of training, on linking subject teaching to careers; a middle leadership programme for careers leaders from 15 schools.  This is the first development from a national organisation, that has paid serious attention to building the capacity of staff in schools to take on responsibility for careers work, since the changes in statutory duties introduced in 2012.

1st July 2015

The Careers and Enterprise Company
Further details of the work on new, independent company established by the DfE.  The main focus will be on encouraging and supporting links between schools and employers.  In each of the 39 LEPs (Local Enterprise Partnerships) covering England there will be a Enterprise Co-ordinator who will lead the work of a team of voluntary Education Advisers.  The advisers will work with schools to help them support their careers work by developing links with employers.  The company also has an investment fund of £5 million and details of how this is to be used will be announced in the autumn.  Finally, the company will be making available a digital Enterprise Passport, for pupils to record their employability skills and qualities.

Research shows that schools clearly want help with brokering links with employers, but it will be important that the work of the new company complements, rather than duplicates, the work of the National Careers Service in this area and the work of the EBPs.

16th April 2015

General Election
The CDI has published its manifesto for the 2015 Election. Among the recommendations to the next Government the Institute is calling for: the National Careers Service to be reconstituted into a genuinely all-age career development service; the statutory duty to provide career and work-related education in the curriculum to be reinstated and extended to age 18; career guidance services in schools and colleges to be provided by specialist careers advisers, with a Level 6 professional qualification in career guidance. 

All five main political parties in England have published their manifestos this week.  Labour is proposing to reinstate work experience for all 14-16 year-old pupils and to introduce a new, independent system of careers advice, offering personalised, face-to-face guidance.  The Liberal Democrats are proposing to improve careers advice in schools and colleges but do not give any further details.  The manifestos from the Conservatives, UKIP and the Green Party make no references to career guidance in schools.

26th March 2015

Revised Statutory Guidance for Schools
The DfE has published revised Statutory Guidance on careers guidance in schools.  It strengthens the position of face-to-face careers guidance from careers professionals. Most significantly it promotes the 3-part approach to quality assurance that has been developed by the careers sector. In particular it recommends that all schools should work towards achieving one of the quality awards for CEIAG recognised by the Quality in Careers Standard. 

23rd March 2015

The Role of Teachers in CEIAG
Earlier this month TeachFirst launched Careers education in the classroom, a report which presents a framework of six roles in which teachers contribute to careers education and guidance: career informant; tutor; subject teacher; careers teacher; careers leader; senior leader.  It is based on research commissioned from the International Centre for Guidance Studies at Derby and includes practical proposals for both initial teacher training and CPD.  This offers a long overdue opportunity to pay proper attention to CEIAG in mainstream teacher training and development.

13th January 2015

National Networks for Collaborative Outreach
Four years after the Government changed the Aimhigher programme it has established 35 nationally co-ordinated local and regional networks of 206 HEIs that will provide outreach activities to promote higher education in all state-funded schools and colleges in England. In addition there will be three national networks offering specific support to: care leavers; older learners; learners aspiring to Oxford and Cambridge. The networks will be funded by BIS and managed by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE).

9th January 2015

Secretary of State questioned on careers guidance in schools
On 7 January Nicky Morgan appeared before the Education Committee for a full two-hours session on careers guidance.  Further details of the new 'careers and enterprise' company were provided.  The £20m announced in December will be for the first two years, after that the company will be expected to be self-financing.  The company will employ a team of advisers who will help broker school-employer links and gather intelligence about how effectively the arrangements for careers are working in schools.  The Secretary of State also made clear her view that careers advisers are an important part of the overall package of advice and guidance but she is not going to mandate schools to commission careers advisers.

10th December 2014

DfE outlines plans for the £20m
A week after the Chancellor announced £20m to support careers advice and support for young people, the Education Secretary has announced that the money will be used to create a new, employer-led careers and enterprise company which will help to broker relationships between employers and schools.  The company will also administer a £5m investment fund to support innovation in careers advice, and provide advice to schools and colleges, helping them chose careers organisations to partner with.  Quite how the brokerage role will link to the similar role that has recently been added to the National Careers Service's remit is not clear.  Further details of how the company will work will emerge over the coming months, before it becomes fully operational in the spring 2015.  While contacts with employers are an important part of a school's careers provision, it is disappointing that, after a three-year wait for funding, none of the money is to be devolved to schools to help them build capacity to fulfil the duty they have been given to secure access to impartial careers guidance.

3rd December 2014

£20m to improve careers support for young people
The Autumn Statement 2014 from HM Treasury states that the government will invest £20m to improve careers advice and support for young people.  This is well short of the £200m spent by local authorities on the careers guidance element of Connexions, but it is the first funding that the Coalition Government has put into CEG.  An announcement about support for careers guidance in schools and colleges is expected from the DfE before Christmas, when hopefully more will be learned about what this money is to be spent on.

12 September 2014

National Careers Council's second report
This week the NCC published its second annual report Taking action: achieving a culture change in careers provision.  The report calls on the Government to provide a stronger leadership role.  Two of the Council's four recommendations are focussed particularly on improving access to careers guidance for students in schools and colleges.  Recommendation 2: "The Government should provide schools and colleges with free and/or subsidised access to independent and impartial career development professionals' expertise"; Recommendation 3: "The National Careers Service should, as a matter of high priority, improve its website to make it more attractive and appealing to young people, parents and teachers".
 

5 September 2014

Careers guidance and inspiration in colleges
At the end of August BIS and the DfE published revised guidance for general FE and sixth-form colleges.  This replaces the previous guidance for colleges, Securing Independent Careers Guidance, published in June 2013.  The key points remain the same although, while colleges are permitted to continue providing careers guidance through internally employed advisers, they are encouraged to review the existing support to ensure that it meets the needs of students.  The document also includes four new case studies and a longer list of sources of further support.
 

28 July 2014

CDI Guide to Best Practice
To support schools with implementing the revised Statutory Guidance, the CDI commissioned me to write a guide to best practice in careers education and guidance.  The document includes practical advice on commissioning careers guidance services and template to help schools work through the process in a structured way.  Copies have been sent to all schools in England.

19 May 2014

CEGNET relaunched
The Cegnet website was a central part of the national support programme for careers, funded by the government from 2001 to 2010.  It was one of the success stories in the CEG world.  The site has been relaunched as a free resource for schools and colleges, following the tireless efforts of the editor, Anthony Barnes, and with support from Adviza.  My advice to everyone working in CEIAG in schools and colleges is to put the URL www.cegnet.co.uk in your Favourites and visit the site once a week to keep up to date with developments.  You can also subscribe to the termly e-newsletter

10 April 2014

Revised Statutory Guidance published
The DfE has published the long-awaited revised Statutory Guidance on careers guidance, promised back in September 2013 following the publication of Ofsted's critical report.  Alongside the Statutory Guidance, the DfE has also published non-statutory advice which includes several case studies from schools.  Both documents have the title Careers guidance and inspiration in schools.  The guidelines present a major shift in emphasis, away from external careers advisers and instead towards greater engagement with employers.  But young people need access to both.  While the promotion of links with employers and the practical suggestions are to be welcomed, it is disappointing that the equally important access to impartial careers guidance from professionally qualified careers advisers has been marginalised.  Also disappointing is the lack of any mention of the role of nationally validated quality awards for CEIAG in supporting best practice.


1 April 2014

CDI's first anniversary
A year ago four of the professional associations for careers work (ACEG, ICG, NAEGA and ACPI) merged to form a new institute for careers professionals, the Career Development Institute.  This month the CDI celebrates its first anniversary.  In November 2013 it held a very successful national conference.  Members receive regular e-newsletters and a high quality journal, with articles of interest to careers professionals working in all sectors.  The Institute has recently been awarded a major project to review and update the National Occupational Standards for careers work, which should lead to a step change in the provision of professional development.

Further details about the CDI can be found at www.thecdi.net 

20 December 2013 

Secretary of State's view of careers
On 18 December Michael Gove appeared before the Education Select Committee. The session included the most astonishing statements about careers advice and guidance in schools. Views that have long been suspected are now out in the open. The Secretary of State for Education in England denied that the provision of careers guidance in schools is worse than before, dismissed the Select Committee's own report as containing "garbage" from a number of "self-interested" sources and rejected the idea that employing more careers advisers would help. "... we should do more to engage employers with schools and vice versa.  What I emphatically do not believe is that we need a cadre of careers advisers to operate between those two.". Individuals and organisations will be publishing their own reactions to his comments over the coming days and weeks. You can form your own opinion by viewing the session at http://www.parliamentlive.tv/Main/Player.aspx?meetingId=14503 (starting 41mins into the recording). 


28 October 2013

Post-16 work experience
The DfE has published non-statutory guidance to help schools, colleges and other training providers plan and deliver work experience as part of 16-19 study programmes.  This follows the recommendation in the Wolf Report that all young people in post-16 education and training should gain experience of the workplace in order to enhance their empolyability skills.  The advice refers to 'meaningful' work experience which is defined, in supplementary guidance on the DfE's website, as work experience that is relevant to the student's study programme and/or aspirations, well managed and planned with clear expectations and tangible outcomes and reviewed with feedback from employers.  The website guidance goes on to define three different types of work experience in post-16 learning: experiential, vocational and enhanced.

11 September 2013

Going in the right direction? (Ofsted)
The report of Ofsted's survey of careers guidance in schools was published on 10 September 2013, with the title 'Going in the right direction?'.  It is the first survey based on robust, empirical evidence to be published since the introduction of the new duty in schools.  Ofsted reports that the new statutory duty to provide careers guidance is not working well.  Only one in five schools visited were ensuring that all students in Years 9, 10 and 11 were reviewing the level of IAG they needed.  Too few schools had adequate arrangements to provide individual careers guidance interviews by a qualified external adviser.


The DfE has responded by publishing an Action Plan for careers guidance, which includes plans to revise its statutory guidance for schools, to strengthen the key stage 4 and post-16 destination measures and to re-focus the resouces of the National Careers Service to increase its work with young people and schools.

9 July 2013

Ofsted thematic review of careers guidance in schools
In the spring term 2013 Ofsted visited 60 schools to review the provision of CEG following the introduction of the new statutory duty.  The report, originally expected in June or July, will be published on 6 September.  This will be the first review of the state of CEG in schools since the duty was introduced.  It will also be important because the Government has said that it will not respond fully to the recommendations of the NCC report or Select Committee report until after the Ofsted survey has been published.


5 June 2013

National Careers Council: first annual report
The National Careers Councils' first report, An Aspirational Nation: Creating a culture change in careers provision was launched on 5 June.  The report calls for a culture change in careers provision for young people and adults to address the mismatch between skills shortages and high unemployment.  The Council has put forward seven recommendations, each accompanied by proposed actions.  In relation to CEG in schools, the Council says that the National Careers Service should significantly expand its work with schools, young people and parents,.  It proposes several practical steps to support schools and to help build their capacity to respond to the new statutory duty.


5 June 2013

Ofsted thematic review off careers guidance in schools
Ofsted undertook a thematic survey of CEG in schools, by visiting a sample of 60 schools in the spring term 2013.  The report was originally scheduled for June or July but at the launch of the NCC's report Ofsted confirmed that it would now be published in September.


22 April 2013

First 5 quality awards achieve national standard 

Today it was announced that five quality awards for CEIAG have been nationally validated with the Quality Careers Standard (QICS).  They are:


Career Mark (Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Futures)
Inspiring IAG (Greater Manchester)
Investor in Careers (Careers South West)
Prospects Award for CEIAG (Prospects Services)
Recognition of Quality Award for CEIAG (Essex County Council) 

It is anticipated that further awards will be making submissions to the QICS Consortium Board in the coming months

27 March 2013
CDI AGM and Elections 


The Career Development Institute held its first AGM on Monday 25 March.  The founding President will be Karen Donoghue, Chief Executive of the VIA Partnership.  Other members of the Board are Justin Brett (Vice President), Sarah Finnegan-Dahn and Gary Forrest.  Sue Barr and Kath Wright, two former presidents of ACEG, have been elected to the careers education positions on the Council.

29 January 2013
Careers guidance for young people:  The impact of the new duty on schools


The House of Commons Education Committee's report published this month is critical of the Government's policy of devolving responsibility for careers guidance to schools, referring to the decision as 'regrettable'.  The report goes on to say that the committee of MPs, chaired by the Conservative MP Graham Stuart, has concerns about the consistency, quality, independence and impartiality of careers guidance now being offered to young people and that it heard evidence that there is already a worrying deterioration in the overall level of provision for young people.

The report goes on to say that the Government needs to take urgent steps to ensure that young people's needs are met.  Specifically it recommends: revising and strengthening the current statutory guidance and practical guide into a single document; placing a requirement on schools to publish an annual careers plan; expanding the remit of the National Careers Service to support schools.  The Committee also recommends that a minimum of one personal careers interview with an independent adviser should be available for every young person.
You can read the report in full at:  
click here

 

 

30 November 2012
Statutory duty for careers guidance extended

This week the Department for Education (DfE) published the outcomes of its consultation on extending access to independent careers guidance.  87% of respondents said that the new duty to secure independent and impartial careers guidance should be extended to 16-18 year olds in schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges, and 80% said it should be extended down to 
Year 8.  Consequently the Government has decided to extend the duty down to Year 8 and up to age 18, with effect from September 2013.

The current duty to secure access to careers guidance for pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 applies to all local authority maintained schools, academies and free schools.  The extension of the duty up to age 18 will bring into the scope of the legislation not only sixth forms in each of these categories of schools but also sixth form colleges and FE colleges.  The Government has said that it will consult further with the FE sector on the details of how the new requirement will be introduced.

The extension of the duty down to Year 8 will bring into the scope of the legislation pupils in their final year in middle schools in those areas of the country where such types of school still exist.31 October 2012
Single professional body for careers workers

For the past two years four of the professional bodies for careers guidance have been working together as the Careers Profession Alliance.  The four organisations are: the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG); the Institute of Career Guidance (ICG); the National Association for Educational Guidance for Adults (NAEGA); and, the Association of Career Professionals International (ACPI).  They have now reached the stage when they can merge to form a single body.  This new professional body for career development professionals is to be called the Career Development Institute (CDI) and will go live early in 2013.  The four associations will continue to support their members until that point.  The next stage of development will be the publication of the CDI's prospectus of services and products, which is expected in November.

3 September 2012   
New statutory duty on schools commences this term


From September 2012 schools have a new duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for pupils in years 9, 10 and 11.  At the same time the statutory duties to provide programmes of careers education in the curriculum for pupils aged 11 to 16, and work-related learning and enterprise in key stage 4, have been removed.

1 August 2012

   
Consultation on extending the statutory duty for careers guidance ends

The Department for Education (DfE) has recently consulted on extending the statutory duty to secure access to independent careers guidance down to year 8 and up to age 18.  This would bring into the scope of the legislation school sixth form, and sixth form and FE colleges.  The DfE expects to publish its report of the consultation in November 2012.


18 July 2012
'Securing Independent Careers Guidance - A Practical Guide for Schools'

 As a result of the Education Act 2011, local authorities are no longer required to provide a universal careers service and, with effect from September 2012, schools have a new statutory duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils.  In March 2012 the Department for Education (DfE) published Statutory Guidance to schools on meeting the duty and in July this was followed with a short practical guide offering further information on the new arrangements and providing several case studies of how schools in different areas of England are planning to commission careers guidance.
 

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