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Education is like all other areas of public policy in that there are always plenty of people offering plenty of solutions. As any practitioner in the field will tell you, many of those suggested solutions can take more inspiration from the ideals of the proposer rather than the actual state of affairs on the ground and, sometimes, even getting a clear enough picture of the state of affairs on the ground can be tricky enough.
With this in mind I thought it would be useful to compare and contrast five (semi) recent surveys and reports that are actually attempting to do just that in regard to the scale and scope of the links currently held between schools and the world of business. This is a hot policy potato with the Government having already prescribed the medicine with early steps of the newly formed £20m Careers Company expected in September.
I’ve now produced a policy commentary on it for Careers England. I think that one of the key implications of this report is a shift in the locus of policy towards localities. It will be interesting to see how this plays out in other localities.
The report is based on a survey of 107 schools. The survey seems to have been an open response survey which was sent out to 500 schools and so is likely to have some non-response bias in it. Given our findings in Advancing Ambitions and other reports about the diversity of provision across England this is a serious limitation to this research.
Because the sample is likely to draw mainly from careers enthusiasts the picture that it paints of provision is pretty positive. Most schools provide career information, advice and guidance, career education and employer links. The biggest area of concern is the lack of work experience opportunities which seems to generally be left to students to organise for themselves.
This is a more positive picture of careers work in English schools than many of the other reports that have been done in recent year. Whether it represents a genuine improvement in the situation is more doubtful (although not impossible given recent changes in government policy).