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Ofsted: 90% of schools failing on work-related learning

Date: 25 November 2016

Ofsted have today released the findings of their 'Getting ready for work' survey, and the news is grim. The survey, which investigated the availability and effectiveness of enterprise education and work-related learning in secondary schools, found that:

  • Fewer than 4 of the 40 schools visited by Ofsted were delivering an effective employability skills programme.
  • Many schools offer 'peripheral work-related learning', but it was not part of an overall strategy.
  • It was often unclear whether work-related learning was having any impact on students' knowledge, understanding and skills.
  • Inspectors found that school leaders saw themselves accountable for a 'narrow set of outcomes focused around examinations'.
  • Schools are unsure of the support available to them to deliver effective provision.
  • Links with local employers are often weak, which has a particular impact on the most disadvantaged students.

Commenting on the report, HM Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said:

“The question of how well our school system is preparing young people for the world of work has never been more important. The future success and prosperity of the UK in a post-Brexit world will increasingly depend on our ability to harness home-grown talent and to encourage the creativity and innovation of our young people.

One of the ways we can bridge the social divide is by ensuring all young people have equal access to work-related knowledge that will guide and prepare them for the next stage of their lives”.

The report clearly states how schools should now be approaching the delivery of employability education. We are pleased to see it mirrors our 'Framework for Outstanding Employability', which dozens of schools across the country are already using to ensure they deliver an effective provision.

The framework provides a simple structure for auditing and developing successful employability programmes, with a recognition of the curriculum, funding and staffing pressures schools face.

If you would like to find out more about how we could support your school to meet the Ofsted requirements, feel free to get in touch.