I already written about some of my reservations about the new statutory guidance for careers and inspiration. However, I have been trying to summarise it for something that I’m writing. How does this look as a summary of what it actually does say?
The new statutory guidance makes the following points.
- Schools should help every pupil to develop high aspirations and consider a broad and ambitious range of careers. Key to this is ensuring that pupils understand the importance of achieving a grade C or above in English and Maths GCSE.
- Schools have a duty to secure independent career guidance for all year 8-13 pupils.
- Guidance should be impartial, include information on a range of destinations and be in the best interests of the young person.
- Guidance should also be embedded in a clear framework rather than simply being an ad hoc set of activities.
- Building strong links with employers and other stakeholders from the world of work and post-secondary learning should be central to schools activities in this area.
- Pupils should be provided with access to a range of activities and career informants (e.g. employers, mentors).
- Providing access to a website is not sufficient in itself to meet the statutory duty.
- Schools should work with local authorities to support the participation of all young people in education through both information sharing and the provision of targeted support.
- Schools’ can measure their effectiveness in this area both through Ofsted inspections and through the destinations of their pupils.