Careers Guidance in Schools – 12 months on.

The updated position on statutory careers guidance for schools has been in operation for 12 months.

Although the DfE stated that the new guidance contained relatively few changes, key areas were strengthened and schools should now be able to demonstrate that they are aware of these and have a strategy in place.

There is growing evidence that inspections are looking at and commenting on provision and compliance.

Careers guidance, character education, enterprise and employability are currently key areas the DfE are promoting and supporting with grant funding for some projects. Currently there is no additional funding directly to schools.

What should schools be aware of?

A reinforced focus on the value of improved careers guidance in preparing young people for employment and employability.

The need for schools to have a clear strategy for careers guidance, and for Governors to be involved and aware of this. In practice having a clear plan with identified outcomes is a real plus for schools.

The new Careers and Enterprise Company is mentioned and promoted heavily as an agency which will ‘transform careers and enterprise provision for young people’ Grants have been awarded and some project work is underway but results are not yet in.

Schools with sixth forms should pay attention to the new need for a coherent programme of study, this is also important in terms of funding for post 16 provision.

The new post-16 opportunities database makes clear links to the new careers guidance and the importance of providing accurate information to inform choices post 16.

There has been significant strengthening of the guidance to schools on ensuring adequate support for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. Schools should be reviewing the guidance they provide for SEND students. There is a requirement to incorporate guidance on progression and opportunities in reviews with students from Y9 at least.

Quality assurance and feedback is key and reflects the overall spirit of improvement and consistency of provision. The guidance recommends that all schools should work towards a quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance. More information about quality marks can be found at:

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 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. Schools can view a register of careers professionals or search for a career development professional who can deliver a particular service or activity at

The quality of independent careers providers.

The recognised national quality standard for information, advice and guidance (IAG) services is the Matrix Standard.



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