What is expected of schools?
Each school will have to decide how they will deliver career guidance while complying with the requirements of the statutory duty. Careers guidance must be secured from an external source and suit the needs of the pupils. Schools will need to ensure that:
- Careers guidance is impartial and independent
- All students are provided with information on all post-16 education and training options
- Each student is provided with guidance which is in the student’s best interest
- Guidance provided comes from a source external to an individual employed by the school
Can school staff deliver careers guidance?
Although schools with their own careers teams can continue to deliver guidance, they must also ensure that pupils have access to an external and independent source of guidance.
Using free resources
With limited budgets and new duties to fulfil, schools may be considering using free resources to carry out their duties but there are a number of risks to consider:
- Is the resource of high quality and from a trustworthy provider?
- Does it provide accurate, reliable and up-to-date information?
- Is it appropriate for the schools’ pupils and their circumstances?
- Does the resource provide impartial and independent guidance?
- Does it support the delivery of career guidance in an effective way?
- Is there any support for teachers delivering career guidance?
- For example, support materials and/or training?
- Does the resource provide guidance which is in the students’ best interest?
This last question is probably the most important consideration when choosing an impartial resource. If students are supported with high quality career guidance resources, the outcome will undoubtedly help them to progress in their education and encourage their achievement. As schools will soon be subject to new ‘destination measures’ introduced by the government to help students to progress post-16, it is even more important that they receive high quality careers guidance as this will reflect on the schools’ performance.
There are many changes ahead for schools this September as they take ownership for the provision of careers guidance. Although schools are faced with juggling their budgets, it is important that they realise that this is an opportunity for them to help students fulfil their potential, provide inspiring ideas about their future and raise their academic achievement.