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What should be in the DfE Careers Strategy?

Date: 11 October 2017



Back in July, Justine Greening became the third Government minister to announce the long-awaited careers strategy. This follows an initial speech in 2015 when the Department for Education declared it would “publish a comprehensive careers strategy in the coming weeks” and a subsequent statement in January 2017, which again hasn’t happened.

Apparently, the strategy will eventually be released this autumn. With this in mind, we've been asking careers leaders what they think should be included:

  • ‘That the careers advisors delivering sessions is impartial and actually qualified’
  • ‘Have careers embedded across the curriculum’
  • ‘Any call for employer engagement is a complete waste of time unless there is a human in the school with the time and support of SLT to organise it’
  • ‘Guaranteed apprenticeships for those children identified as at significant risk in year 7/8’
  • ‘The return of professional development placements for teachers’
  • ‘Funded training for school managers to help them get to grips with the needs of the statutory guidance’
  • ‘How about the inclusion of the term 'qualified careers professional' - they are after all both inspirational and professional brokers; connecting schools and colleges with employers’
  • ‘Help employers understand that, rather than being a pull on their resources, hosting work placements can be an opportunity for high impact, structured learning for existing employees’

This is in addition to our recent discussion paper which proposes a number of improvements to develop a world-class Work-Related Learning programme:

  • Use the evidence: An evidence-based approach should be used when deciding on the types of work-related activity delivered by schools.
  • Empower schools: Provide distinct funding and support to deliver world-class Work-Related Learning.
  • Build a shared understanding: The development of a shared vocabulary and delivery framework for Work-Related Learning that is understood by all stakeholders.
  • Develop a ‘Work Skills Curriculum’: The implementation of a ‘Work Skills Curriculum’ in every school, which provides students with a full set of employability skills through participation in a number of Work-Related Learning opportunities.
  • Measure impact: The statutory requirement for schools to deliver impartial guidance should be replaced by a requirement to deliver a full Work-Related Learning programme. Ofsted should judge schools on the impact of these programmes.

We’d love to get your thoughts on what should be included in the Government’s Careers Strategy – join the conversation and, as always, drop us a line if you’d like to find out how we can support your school\college to deliver outstanding Work-Related Learning.