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careers guidance at what cost?

10 September 2013

A report carried out by Ofsted has triggered further criticism of the careers guidance being provided to young people.

The Government introduced a duty on schools to provide independent and impartial careers advice and also issued statutory guidance for schools to have regard to.

The change in legislation and current guidance reflected the Government’s desire for schools to take control of offering their pupils careers guidance. Although the current guidance does suggest the provision of face-to-face guidance and use of external providers, the Government is now planning to issue “clearer” guidance. Presumably the intention is to send a firmer message around steps such as promoting the National Careers Service and connecting with employers.

It is unfortunate that the call for better quality careers guidance has not been accompanied with additional funding for schools to meet this duty. Schools are being encouraged to seek support from businesses and the National Careers Service but providing the high quality of guidance expected will inevitably come at a financial cost.

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