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 a pandemic – British Council Event

Our Chair Mike Britland recently participated in the British Council webinar on Careers Education in a pandemic. The rationale behind the event focused on how the Covid-19 pandemic is reshaping career opportunities for pupils across the world. Mike was joined by educators from India, Bangladesh and a little closer to home in Kent. Each speaker provided some national context regarding careers education as well as offering ways on which we can pivot to maximise opportunities.

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.

Careers Directory (contributor created content)

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 info@tfcareersnetwork.co.uk

It’s not the destination, it’s the journey (apart from this year and probably next)

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?

Careers Adviser: the supply and demand paradox

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?