It can often seem that there is a never ending focus on Secondary education issues or achievements. If we viewed our school stages as a family, it could be argued that there is an inverse middle child syndrome at play; With Primary, Further and Higher education siblings looking at Secondary schools as the child that gets all the attention while they’re skills, talents and achievements are largely ignored. Here we examine how recently released reports allow us to switch the focus slightly and once again talk about the importance of Careers education or work related learning needs to start at the Primary level, particularly for disadvantaged young people.
The UCAS 2020 Entry ‘Where next?’ has just been published and it has raised some very interesting recommendations from some very concerning findings. The main evidence for this report has come from a survey of first and second year UK university and college students. More than 27,000 first and second year students, accepted at age 17-19 over the last two cycles, took the time to tell UCAS about their pathway(s) to Higher Education. Below we take a look at those concerning findings and the interesting recommendations.
In the light of the findings from the recently published The Sutton Trust COVID-19 and the University Experience report, we reached out to our friends over at CHEERs (The Community for Higher Education Educators Researchers and Supports) for comment regarding the Careers education. Providing some initial thoughts on this area, steering group member, Chris Webb.
We all know that our benchmarks are going to take a hit this year. This is the inevitable outcome of working with young people remotely during a Pandemic. What we need to do now is spend some time examining how we can ensure that student’s individual needs are addressed for the rest of this year and beyond. In the first part of ‘The Link’, we examine how it’s vital to ensure that we are making the most effective use of the information we are gathering in personal guidance sessions.
In the first in what will be regularly featured content, we’re showcasing work that has been sent over to us from the Careers Leader community. The first resource comes from Vickie Smith and Eleanor Corcoran from Harris Academy St John’s Wood. If you have something to share, we would love to hear from you. Please contact us through the ‘Contact Us’ page or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson once wrote: “life is a journey, not a destination”, this is unquestionably true and we should always remind our students of this. Too often they are forced to focus on their exam results as the perceived destination, which is quite ironic as for this year and possibly next ‘Destinations’ will matter more than exam results. Is your school ready for what’s to come?
The statutory requirement is clear, student’s careers guidance must be impartial and delivered by qualified practitioners. By qualified we know that this is someone who is Level 6 and above. Having a member of staff who’s job is dedicated to the delivery of Personal Guidance is an essential component to any successful Careers programme. Why is it that schools struggle to get this in place?
Ensuring young people have the clearest idea of what employment opportunities are available on their doorstep is an essential aspect of effective Careers provision. Taking the time to understand the main business sectors in your area can pay dividends in the long run.
Following on from our #NAW2021 highlights page, we thought it would be nice to provide a space to highlight some of the amazing activities taking place this week for National Careers Week 2021. As always, #NCW2021 will be a storming success. Does your school or college feature?
SOLD OUT – This event will provide you with information on how to develop your Careers programme to include the essential skills young people need for future employment and personal development success.