A new report from the Careers and Enterprise Company suggests that progress is being made on improving the quality of careers advice and guidance in schools.
The report uses over 3,000 schools’ self-assessments of their performance against eight Gatsby Benchmarks, designed to measure the quality of careers advice and guidance.
having a stable careers programme - fully achieved by 6% and partially achieved by 92%.
learning from career and labour market information - fully achieved by 32% and partially achieved by 41%.
addressing the needs of each pupil - fully achieved by 13% and partially achieved by 86%.
linking curriculum learning to careers - fully achieved by 26% and partially achieved by 43%.
encounters with employers and employees - achieved by 38%.
experiences of workplaces - fully achieved by 37% and partially achieved by 26%.
encounters with further and higher education - fully achieved by 13% and partially achieved by 73%.
personal guidance - fully achieved by 49% and partially achieved by 18%.
Almost two-thirds of secondary schools have used the Compass self-assessment tool and those who had submitted data more than once were making “steady progress”, with an “average improvement of 0.79 benchmarks”.
This report focused on secondary schools. However, NGA’s annual school governance survey 2018 found that almost half of primary schools offer no form of careers education. This is despite evidence to suggest that talking about future options with pupils of primary age can potentially impact upon their future education and career choices.
Furthermore, only 51% of schools reported that their careers programme had the explicit backing of the governing board.
The National Governance Association has been working with the Careers and Enterprise Company to developing guidance on this topic for those governing and this will be available shortly.