and The Quality in Careers Standard
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The DfE revised STATUTORY GUIDANCE RECOMMENDS
SCHOOLS TO ACHIEVE CEIAG QUALITY AWARD (MARCH 2015):
The revised (March 2015) STATUTORY GUIDANCE TO SCHOOLS ON THEIR CAREERS GUIDANCE DUTY includes in Paragraph 67 the following which is in effect the 3 pronged approach which Careers England first advocated in 2011 and has been 100% supported by the Quality in Careers Consortium, the CDI and the Careers Alliance most explicitly: here is the link to the DfE document
We now need this revised statutory guidance to be implemented and regulated:
The DfE Statutory Guidance (March 2015) says:Evaluation and monitoring of advice and guidance
Quality assurance and feedback
Paragraph 67. 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 national validation, the Quality in Careers Standard, will assist schools to determine an appropriate quality award to pursue. There are currently twelve quality awards that are recognised as meeting the Quality in Careers Standard.
- The quality of independent careers providers.The recognised national quality standard for information, advice and guidance (IAG) services is the matrix Standard. To achieve the Standard, organisations will need to demonstrate that they provide a high quality and impartial service. Schools can access an online register of organisations accredited to the matrix Standard.
- 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. The main qualifications for careers professionals are the Qualification in Career Guidance (QCG) (which replaced the earlier Diploma in Careers Guidance) and the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance and Development. Schools can view a register of careers professionals or search for a career development professional who can deliver a particular service or activity.
THIS TWO PART SUB-SECTION OF THE WEBSITE IS DUPLICATED ON THE QUALITY IN CAREERS WEBSITE www.qualityincareers.org.uk
IT PROVIDES INFORMATION ON
CAREERS GUIDANCE IN SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES,
THEN AN INTRODUCTION TO THE QUALITY IN CAREERS STANDARD
- This page: An explanation of the current legal requirements arising from the Education Act 2011, together with links to the relevant Statutory Guidance for Schools and Colleges; and
- Next page: An introduction to the policy framework for careers guidance in England's Schools and Colleges;
- Next page: A series of case studies which Schools and Colleges have agreed we should make accessible as a means of showing how some of the good Schools and Colleges in the country are responding to the revised statutory duty
- Followed by: An introduction to the Quality in Careers Standard and its governing body - the Quality in Careers Consortium (which owns and oversees the Standard through its appointed Consortium Board)
The Law, Statutory Duty & Statutory Guidance
Following the Education Act, 2011 the statutory duty to ensure that young people (under 19) in England have access to careers guidance support was changed.
Prior to the 2011 Act the duty was placed upon the Secretary of State to ensure that a 'careers service' was provided for young people. That careers service was provided from 1974-1994 by Local Education Authorities; from 1994-2001 by contracted careers companies/providers under contract to the Secretary of State; and from 2001-2012 by Connexions Partnerships/LA Connexions Services as part of their wider youth support service functions.
The 2011 Act defines 'independent' in this way:
"careers guidance provided to pupils at a school is independent for the purposes of this section if it is provided other than by:
- (A) A Teacher Employed Or Engaged At The School, Or
- (B) Any Other Person Employed At The School"
The Act therefore requires Schools to be commissioners of careers guidance not providers of it (that's not to say they will not provide some of it, but the new statutory duty is to secure external careers guidance in addition to whatever a school provides internally). It is worth reminding ourselves what the OECD definition of 'careers guidance' covers, as this is referred to by the Department for Education in its guidance on what the statutory duty includes:
"Career guidance refers to services and activities intended to assist individuals, of any age and at any point throughout their lives, to make educational, training and occupational choices and to manage their careers.
The activities may take place on an individual or group basis, and may be face-to-face or at a distance (including help lines and web-based services)."
Elsewhere on this website you will find detailed independent Policy Commentaries and Policy Briefing Notes which will enable you to read more about the Government's policies for careers guidance in schools and colleges, as well as views on how well or otherwise the duty is being implemented. These include Careers England's Policy Commentary 23 on the important Ofsted Thematic Survey of careers guidance, published in September 2013: Ofsted (2013) Going in the Right Direction? Careers Guidance in Schools from September 2012
Below we provide here the links to the GOV.UK website and the March 2015 revised Statutory Guidance for Schools, and the revised Statutory Guidance for Colleges:
On the next page to this section of the website we also set out the three-pronged approach Careers England and the Quality in Careers Consortium have consistently advocated to assure the quality of Careers Education, Information and Guidance (CEIAG) for every young person in England (together with the Consortium's views on schools employing careers advisers and wishing to seek accreditation under one of England's CEIAG Quality Awards).
On the website pages for the Quality in Careers Standard (including full details of the Quality in Careers Standard and England's dedicated CEIAG Quality Awards) you will see the work the Quality in Careers Consortium has been undertaking to provide national validation for these CEIAG quality awards for schools and colleges.
We have also provided a section hosting a series of Case Studies here which schools and colleges have agreed we should make accessible as a means of showing how some of the good schools and colleges in the country are responding to their duty to 'secure access to independent careers guidance' for their pupils and students.
As part of the Career Development Institute's response to the (then 2014) revised Statutory Guidance in England, the CDI commissioned David Andrews to write a best practice and commissioning guide to be targeted at Heads of Careers and senior teachers in secondary schools in England.
Whilst the March 2015 revision to the Statutory Guidance is certainly welcomed as it significantly strengthens the recommendations from DfE to schools on quality assurance of CEIAG, we continue to commend the CDI best practice guide to schools and colleges, and we are pleased to provide a copy of this Guide here.