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January 2019

>> Information Updates

WOW Show (World of Work)

Watch out for the next careers special from The WOW Show. It’s live and free to view for all schools on 27 February 2019; and then available on demand. This edition has been developed by the CITB and focuses on the range of careers in the construction industry. For more information see the promotional video at:-

Internet Based Careers Support

Benchmark 1 –
Benchmark 3 -

Whilst there are a range of paid for Careers Guidance Packages that schools can use to allow students to:-
  • Identify possible future careers
  • Maintain a record of their careers and enterprise activities
  • Develop employability skills
by making use of some of the free internet based packages that are available it is possible for you to develop the support you provide for students. Examples include:-

My Careers Springboard – allows students to undertake an assessment which identifies industries that may be of interest and routes into them

Icould Buzz Quiz – a quick and easy quiz to identify the type of person you are

Icould – videos of individuals talking about the jobs they do. This can be accessed using subjects or job type

Work Ready Schools – provide a range of internet based courses to allow students to develop their employability skills

Success at School – among other facilities this will allow students to keep a record of their careers and enterprise activities as well as how they meet key employability skills

whilst the seamless advantages of the paid for packages make them attractive for those schools without the resources to purchase one this sort of solution may be attractive.


Provider Access Statement

You will be aware that in January 2018 the statutory duties imposed on schools were extended to require you to publish a Provider Access Statement on your website. Please see the revised Statutory Guidance pages 29 to 31 for details of the duty and page 33 for an example of a statement.
A new report from IPPR on the extent of compliance has been published and can be found at:-

This suggests that fewer that two in five schools are meeting the duty. A news item that accompanied the report suggests that this lack of compliance is increasingly of concern to ministers and other interested parties. It will be interesting to see the degree to which Ofsted will take into account compliance but rather than gamble on this it would be worthwhile to make sure that you are following the legal requirement to publish a statement. It is not a difficult duty to meet and I would recommend that you use the example published in the statutory guidance.


AAT Report into School Lever Choices

A report out this week from the AAT (Association of Accounting Technicians) on how students make choices about their options at the end of their studies makes for interesting reading. It highlights what we already know that Higher Education as an option had a higher profile for many students and insufficient were aware of alternatives.

In the survey of 1,500 recent school leavers when asking from whom students obtained advice the following was reported:-
  • 30% - friends
  • 24% - teacher
  • 22% -  careers advisor
  • 70% - parents (only one in eight took their advice)
And reflecting on what they were advised to do:-
  • 66% - teachers were most likely to suggest HE
  • 59 per cent of their parents urged HE
This emphases the need to ensure that students are advised of the all the options and that all school staff and parents are supported to understand the full range of the options.

>> Resources

It has been a bit of quiet month (Christmas I imagine) so not many resources to report on this month.


Supporting Your Governor


Benchmark 1

The best careers programmes will have a named governor allocated to have an oversight of careers provision. Many such governors may have a limited understanding of careers education, information and guidance. As part of the National Careers Week a handbook has been produced that may help them to better understand careers. It can be found at:-

>> Key dates for compliance and statutory duties

Sept 2012 - Every school must ensure that pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13.
From Jan 2018 - Every school should begin using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision now, and meet them by the end of 2020.
Jan 2018 - Every school must ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.
Jan 2018 - Every school must publish a policy statement setting out their arrangements for provider access and ensure that it is followed. Annex A sets out an example policy statement on provider access.
Sept 2018 - Every school should appoint a named person to the role of Careers Leader to lead the careers programme.
Details of the above can be found here: DfE Statutory Guidance “Careers guidance and access for education and training providers

Sept 2018 - Schools are required to publish the following information about their careers programme:
  • The name, email address and telephone number of the school’s Career Leader
  • A summary of the careers programme, including details of how pupils, parents, teachers and employers may access information about the careers programme
  • How the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils 
  • The date of the school’s next review of the information published 
Details of the above can be found at:

Discussions around how best these can be achieved can form part of discussions with our School Engagement Lead, Steve Walker.
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