2021 Trends in Careers Education: a reflection

n Wednesday we got an early Christmas gift from the good people over at The Careers and Enterprise Company, the 2021 Trends in Careers Education. What a lovely gift it was to receive so much positive news to digest at a time where, lets face it, we’re all crawling to the finish line of a long hard Autumn term. The report itself is based on data reported from 3893 schools and colleges (about 78%) and also wider published research. We tweeted our initial and brief thoughts Thursday morning, which you can also read in this piece. Click through to read how we expand our thinking in more detail, but we’re really keen to hear what you think of the report. Please do leave a comment at the end of the article letting us know your thoughts.

#CareersLeadersCan 2021 – Social Media Highlights

Last year we produced highlights pages for both #NAW2021 and #NCW2021. We thought it would be nice to provide a space to highlight some of the wonderful tweets coming through for The Careers and Enterprise Company #CareersLeadersCan campaign. Have you tweeted yet? Do you feature below?

Do we still need the Careers Fayre?

On the whole students love a Careers Fayre! Where else can they replenish their termly worn pencil cases with triangular shaped highlighters and ball-point pens that are more than a little hit and miss when it comes to functionality? On their me. Outside of the stationery trinket collecting, what do students actually get out of the experience? And is there space and time in a Post-pandemic world for them?

Why Benchmark 3 could be the most important benchmark

The aim of any careers programme should be to create provision that is tailored to fit the needs of each individual student. It might not be possible to create a wholly bespoke programme but we should make it easier for each student to have a programme that feels as much about them as individuals as it does about their peers. If they don’t feel involved then they don’t have ownership – this is why getting benchmark 3 right might just be the key to the success to your whole strategy.

Statutory guidance for careers education – a thread

We know it’s a little late but we don’t seen any harm with us reposting our response to the announced changes to the statutory guidance for careers education here. They were released towards the end of the 2020-21 where they may have been missed by some. There isn’t anything major in here and with the changes at the DfE we may see further changes in the future. However, these are the ones we’re working with now, so please find our highlights on this page.

Primary Careers

The newest member of our Steering Group, Janet Colledge, has been very busy of late working on the CDI Primary Careers Framework. The recently published frame work can be found on the CDI website here but Janet has also published a recent piece on her blog Outstanding Careers with some fantastic links to further reading on this area. With her permission we have republished her piece below.

World Class School’s Symposium – Event Resources

On the 1st July we were asked to deliver two sessions for the LinkedIn partnered 2021 World Class School’s virtual symposium. Comprised of Secondary and Primary schools we discussed what world class Careers provision looked like. Hosted by Sandringham School in St Alban’s we presented ARRC contributed content to attendees and fielded questions from related to the information presented. It was a great way to spend the morning.

The Importance of Careers Leadership: embedding provision, delivering impact

The impact of COVID-19 on young people shouldn’t be understated; it will be several years before we fully understand the effects. What we do know is that young people need the help and support of Careers educators now more than ever before. They need us in understanding ever changing job markets and new recruitment practices as well as revisiting the universal skills that are still required to have successful careers. Outstanding leadership remains the constant factor in embedding this provision and delivering impact.

Careers Education in Primary school is the conversation we should be having

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 Link: personal guidance & addressing the needs of each student

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.