New guidance – Careers guidance and inspiration in schools Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff

The Department for Education has just released a new version of the statutory guidance for career guidance and inspiration.

Careers guidance and inspiration in schools: Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff

The new version of the guidance replaces the previous one and seems to have been strengthened in a number of important ways. One of the most important additions is a far stronger section on quality.
In developing careers provision for pupils, there are currently three aspects of quality assurance that schools should take into consideration:
  • The quality of the school careers programme. The Government recommends that all schools should work towards a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and evaluation of the school’s programme. The national validation, the Quality in Careers Standard, will assist schools to determine an appropriate quality award to pursue. There are currently twelve quality awards that are recognised as meeting the Quality in Careers Standard.
  • The quality of independent careers providers. The recognised national quality standard for information, advice and guidance (IAG) services is the matrix Standard. To achieve the Standard, organisations will need to demonstrate that they provide a high quality and impartial service. Schools can access an online register of organisations accredited to the matrix Standard.
  • The quality of careers professionals working with the school. The Career Development Institute has developed a set of professional standards for careers advisers, a register of advisers holding postgraduate qualifications and guidelines
    on how advisers can develop their own skills and gain higher qualifications. The main qualifications for careers professionals are the Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) (which replaced the earlier Diploma in Careers Guidance) and the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. Schools can view a register of careers professionals or search for a career development professional who can deliver a particular service or activity.

This is really heartening and suggests that the government are finally listening to some of the concerns that people have had about the way that the statutory guidance has been framed for the last few years.

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