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



23 April 2021

New Career Development Framework

This week the CDI launched a new framework for career development to replace its former Framework for Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education. The new framework builds on the familiar three aims of ‘self-development’, ‘career exploration’ and ‘career management’ (now, grow throughout life, explore possibilities and manage career) but adds three more contemporary aims of creating opportunities, balancing life and work and seeing the big picture.

The framework has been redesigned to be applicable across all ages. The intention is to produce a series of supplementary guides for using the framework in different contexts. The first of these, to aid curriculum planning for careers education in secondary schools, is available now. The Framework complements the Gatsby Benchmarks: the benchmarks set out the activities to include in a careers programme (the inputs) while the Framework provides the intended outcomes.

The new framework and supporting materials can be downloaded from the CDI’s website at


21 January 2021 

Next phase of the Careers Strategy 

Today the DfE published its long-awaited FE White Paper, Skills for Jobs. The document sets out the government’s plans for reforming further education. Key features include: putting employers at the heart of post-16 skills planning, to achieve better alignment between the technical skills provision and the needs of the local labour market; improving advanced and higher technical qualifications; a lifelong loan entitlement, providing up to four years of post-18 funding, at any age, for higher technical and degree level courses whether at a college or a university. Full details can be found at


As anticipated, the White Paper also sets out the DfE’s intentions for continuing to improve the provision of careers information, advice and guidance (pp 44-47). The main points are as follows:

revamp the National Careers Service website

align The Careers & Enterprise Company and the National Careers Service at both local and national level (Professor Sir John Holman has been appointed to work as a strategic adviser on this alignment)

continue the roll out of Careers Hubs across England

continue to invest in Careers Leader Training

strengthen schools' compliance with the 'Baker Clause'

extend the age range of the statutory duty on schools to provide career guidance to start from Year 7

issue revised Statutory Guidance (the most recent version was published in October 2018)

ask Ofsted to undertake another thematic review of career guidance in schools and colleges

build awareness of career guidance into every stage of professional development for teachers, from initial training to education leadership.



1 October 2020

Careers Hubs and ‘Phase 2 ‘ of the Careers Strategy

At the end of June the DfE announced a further expansion of Careers Hubs. Half the state schools and colleges in England are now part of a hub. This increased access to support is particularly important at the present time, as careers leaders face the challenge of continuing to provide good quality careers programmes for young people while operating under Covid-19 restrictions. It is to be hoped that the careers hub model will soon be extended to a full national network so that all schools and colleges can have access to the support.    

Details of the next phase of the Careers Strategy beyond 2020 are expected in the forthcoming FE White Paper, which is due to be published this autumn.


18 June 2020

Careers Leader Training: evaluation and extension

The Careers & Enterprise Company has published the report of an external evaluation of the careers leader training programme.  The findings are very positive.  Over 90% of careers leaders were satisfied or very satisfied with the training.  The study found that the programme had had a positive impact, both on the individual participants and on the provision of career guidance in their schools and colleges. Careers leaders increased their knowledge of careers policy, theory and practice and of the careers leader role, and gained confidence in developing a strategic careers plan for their school or college.

Building on the success of the first two years of the programme, the DfE has agreed to extend the funding for a further year and the CEC is now recruiting for 2020-21.

15 November 2019

Careers Leaders, Compass results and Careers Hubs

In the past few months The Careers & Enterprise Company has published three reports relevant to careers work with young people in schools and colleges.

In July, a report of its research into how the careers leader role is being delivered in practice in schools.

In September, the 2019 State of the Nation report, based on Compass data from almost 4,000 schools and colleges

In November, Careers Hubs: One Year On    

31 October 2019

CDI Community of Practice for Careers Leaders

The CDI has recently launched a new, online forum for careers leaders. The community of practice enables careers leaders to share information, to read blogs and articles providing insights into different aspects of the role and to listen to interviews with key people in the field.     


21 May 2019

Another wave of Careers Hubs

Following the launch of 20 Careers Hubs last summer, as part of the Careers Strategy, the DfE has now announced a further 20. This means that a quarter of all schools and colleges in England will be part of a Careers Hub. The hubs bring together up to 40 schools and colleges in each area, with employers, universities, training providers and careers professionals, to improve careers support for young people. The schools and colleges have access to support and funding, including a Hub Lead to help co-ordinate activities and build networks. The hubs are managed by The Careers & Enterprise Company and the full list can be accessed at:


5 March 2019

National Survey of Careers Leadership in Schools

From September 2018 schools have been required to identify a named Careers Leader. The Careers & Enterprise Company has published guidance on the role and how it might be organised in schools. We have a good idea of what good practice looks like but we don’t have a detailed picture of how the role is actually being implemented in schools across the country.

The Careers & Enterprise Company and Gatsby Foundation have jointly commissioned a research project to find out what arrangements schools are putting in place. The survey will ask about the model of careers leadership in each school, the training and experience of the careers leader and the resources and support being made available. The survey is being carried out by a specialist agency, QRS Market Research, in the second half of the spring term 2019. It can be completed online or by telephone and takes about 20 mins.

Careers leaders are encouraged to take part, so that we can build up as accurate a national picture as possible of how schools in England are implementing this key role.

7 December 2018

Careers Leader Training

The programme of careers leader training announced in the Careers Strategy is now underway. All five modules of the short online course are live and can be accessed through The Careers & Enterprise Company’s website at . A few of the 14 providers of the face-to-face programmes have started their courses this month and the others will start early in the new year

19 October 2018

Revised DfE guidance to schools and colleges 

The DfE has published revised Statutory Guidance for schools and Guidance to colleges. These two October 2018 documents replace the previous versions published in January and February 2018. They include further details of the requirements set out in the Careers Strategy and the support being provided through The Careers & Enterprise Company. A particularly helpful addition is the guidance on what information about their careers programme schools should publish on their website (see paragraphs 23-28 on pages 16-18 of the Statutory Guidance). Unfortunately there is no equivalent new section in the Guidance for colleges.

Alongside the revised guidance documents the DfE has also published a good practice guide for schools on how to use destinations data.  


12 October 2018

New funding for careers in schools and colleges

The DfE has announced that the government will expand the network of schools and colleges working together to develop careers programmes from the original 20 Careers Hubs to 40. The government will also more than double the number of places available on the new Careers Leader Training programme from 500 to 1,300. This is in response to the high level of demand from careers leaders for places. 14 universities and careers organisations have been commissioned by The Careers & Enterprise Company to provide the training, with most programmes starting this autumn or in the new year.   

20 July 2018

Understanding the role of Careers Leader in colleges

In February The Careers & Enterprise Company published a guide for secondary schools on the role of Careers Leader. The Company has now published a similar guide for colleges, recognising the different arrangements in the FE sector and sixth form colleges. Both guides can be downloaded from here: 

14 July 2018

Careers Hubs 

The 20 LEPs that have been successful in their applications to establish Careers Hubs were announced this week. Over 700 schools and colleges in England will work within a hub to improve their careers programmes in line with the Gatsby benchmarks. These communities of practice will have the support of a Hub Lead and access to development funding for a two-year period from September. The full list of areas can be found at:

18 May 2018

Training for Careers Leaders

The Careers & Enterprise Company is currently procuring providers for the new careers leader training programme. The list of successful bidders is expected to be announced in mid-July. In the meantime careers leaders who wish to take up one of the 500 places can express their interest with the Company at

18 April 2018

Good Career Guidance Handbook

Earlier this week the Gatsby Foundation posted to each secondary school in England a copy of a new handbook to help schools develop a careers programme framed around the eight benchmarks of best practice. The handbook shares the experience from the pilot in the North East and includes many practical case studies. Interactive copies, with links to key documents and websites, can be downloaded from  

14 March 2018

Implementation of the Careers Strategy in schools and colleges

The Careers & Enterprise Company has published its plan for implementing those elements of the DfE’s Careers Strategy for which it has responsibility. The Implementation Plan covers: (1) the further roll out of support for employer engagement; (2) the extension of support to cover all 8 Gatsby benchmarks, principally through establishing 20 ‘Careers Hubs’ based on the model of the Gatsby pilot in the North East and funding a training programme for up to 500 Careers Leaders; (3) the testing out of new approaches to engaging young people in STEM careers, supporting young people with SEND and careers activities in primary schools. The plan is available on the Company’s website.

The Company has also published a guide for secondary schools on Understanding the role of Careers Leader. This will be followed by a separate version for colleges.      


9 February 2018

Careers guidance in colleges

The DfE has now published updated guidance for FE colleges and sixth form colleges. It is available on the website. This covers the requirement to secure access to independent careers guidance for all learners up to and including the age of 18, and for 19-25 year-olds with an Education, Health and Care Plan. Similarly to the Statutory Guidance for schools, the Guidance for colleges is structured around the eight Gatsby benchmarks of good practice. Like schools, every college is also expected, by September 2018, to appoint a named careers leader and to publish details of its careers programme on the college’s website.

At the same time, the Gatsby Foundation has published a version of the benchmarks written for colleges. This short, four-page document can be downloaded from the Good Career Guidance section of the Gatsby website   

8 January 2018

Revised Statutory Guidance for schools published

On 5 January 2018 the DfE published revised Statutory Guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff, following publication of the new careers strategy. It is now available on the website.

The 34-page document provides detailed guidance on each of the eight Gatsby benchmarks which schools are expected to start using to develop and improve their careers programmes.  It also sets out a timetable for appointing a named Careers Leader and for the provision of support from The Careers & Enterprise Company.

The Statutory Guidance includes further guidance on meeting the new requirement to ensure there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils from Y8 to Y13, to inform them about approved technical education qualifications and apprenticeships. Under this new duty schools must set out their arrangements for providing such access in a policy statement, which must be published on the school’s website. The Statutory Guidance includes, as an annex, an example of a policy statement on provider access.

Sixth form colleges and FE colleges also are required to secure independent careers guidance for 16-18 year-olds and learners up to age 25 with an education, health and care plan. The DfE plans to publish separate guidance for colleges later in January.


8 December 2017

Careers strategy published

On 4 December the Minister for Skills, Anne Milton MP, launched the DfE’s long-awaited careers strategy, which is now available on the website. While the document talks about providing support for everyone, whatever their age, most of the actions are concentrated on improving provision in schools and colleges. The key features are

from January 2018 all schools and colleges should use the Gatsby benchmarks to review and plan their programmes 

by September 2018 schools and colleges will be expected to publish details of their careers programme on their website, and every school and college should have a named Careers Leader


all schools and colleges are strongly recommended to work towards the Quality in Careers Standard, which is to be updated to incorporate all eight benchmarks

£4M will be made available to train careers leaders in at least 500 schools and colleges, starting in 2018-19

schools should to provide at least seven encounters with employers for every pupil as they progress through secondary education (i.e. a minimum of one per year)

The Careers & Enterprise Company will take on a broader role, to provide support across all eight benchmarks

building on the Gatsby pilot £5M will be invested in ‘careers hubs’ in 20 areas, each with support provided through an additional co-ordinator based at The Careers & Enterprise Company

there are to be projects to test best practice in primary schools and in work with young people with SEND, including specific professional development for careers advisers working with young people with SEND

a new website for the National Careers Service will be developed in 2018

The DfE will publish revised Statutory Guidance for schools and colleges in January 2018.     

7 December 2017

Access to pupils for colleges and training providers

The Technical and Further Education Act 2017 places a new statutory duty on schools, to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of FE colleges and training providers to talk to pupils, from Year 8 to Year 13, about technical and vocational qualifications available to them and apprenticeships. This requirement comes into effect from January 2018.


3 November 2017

Three new publications

Last month saw the publication of three significant documents. Firstly, The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) published its State of the Nation 2017 report, which presents a summary of the provision of careers work in England based on responses from the 578 schools that completed the Compass online self-review tool in 2016-17. The report demonstrates some improvement since the original research by the Gatsby Foundation in 2014 but also shows that we have a long way still to go to meet the standards set out by the Benchmarks. Secondly, the Company has developed a Gatsby Benchmarks Toolkit. Although the primary audience is the national network of Enterprise Advisers, the toolkit will also be valuable resource for careers leaders in schools. Both documents can be downloaded from the Schools’ Hub on the CEC’s website.

Thirdly, Teach First launched a report on improving careers provision in schools, which sets out five proposals for the training of careers leaders in schools.  This can be found at 


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 

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 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
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      


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.

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 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 

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 (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 resources 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:  
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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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