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10th Sep 2013

Today has seen the publication of Ofsted's thematic review of careers guidance in schools.  

The report examines the quality of careers advice since September 2012 when schools were given the legal responsibility to provide this service to students aged 14 – 16. The survey looked at the extent to which young people in this age-range, in the 60 schools that inspectors visited, were receiving impartial careers advice in order to make informed decisions about their future. 

It found that three quarters of the schools visited were not implementing their duty to provide impartial careers advice effectively.  The survey also found that guidance for schools on careers advice is not explicit, the National Careers Service is not promoted well enough and there is a lack of employer engagement in schools.  Very few of the schools visited knew how to provide a service effectively or had the skills and expertise needed to provide a comprehensive service. Few schools had bought in adequate service from external sources.

Adviza's Chief Executive, Katharine Horler, commented: "We welcome the publication of this report but its findings show the massive variances in the quality of careers work in our schools.  We urgently need to see some action that ensures every young person receives a high standard of careers guidance."

Full details of the report can be found at:  http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/going-right-direction-careers-guidance-schools-september-2012

 

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