In our first post of the year, Simon Wareham discusses the effective implementation of Gatsby Benchmark 8, Personal Guidance. Click the headline above to read about how Simon and his school are making effective use of this essential area of Careers provision. The Careers and Enterprise Company published a final report in September 2021 entitled ‘Personal Guidance Fund Evaluation’. At the Regional Careers Leader Network Meeting, in November at St James’ Park in Newcastle, organised by the North East LEP for all Careers Leaders in schools in the North East region, as a Trust, we were invited to present our response to this report and to provide insights to other schools as to how we deliver effective high-quality Personal Guidance across our Trust.
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.
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.
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?
There has never been a more challenging time for students in our schools. is everything working as it should with #CareersEd in Secondary schools?