The Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Act 2022, which came into force on 1 September 2022 amends the existing duty, in Section 42A of the Education Act 1997, that requires maintained schools, special schools and pupil referral units in England to secure independent careers guidance to pupils in school years 8 to 13.
This new Act extends the duty to include pupils in school year 7, meaning that schools are required to deliver independent careers guidance to pupils for all school years in secondary school. The Act also extends the statutory duty to academy schools and alternative provision academies in England.
The schools who are signed up to the Launch Your Career platform and have purchased access to The Careers Curriculum are well equipped to meet these changes, with access to a tailor-made, 5-step careers programme designed to support students on their careers journey from year 7 through to year 11.
In addition to this new act, Ofsted’s school inspection handbook has been updated to include a new emphasis on careers guidance. The update strengthens the focus of this area and reinforces how it affects an inspector’s overall judgement in the area of Personal Development in secondary schools across England. Schools and colleges will be expected to demonstrate that they are meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.
According to the statutory guidance,
“With the government’s reforms to technical education and skills and the impact of COVID-19 on the labour market, there will be an increasing need for schools and colleges to work in partnership with employers, careers advisers, local authorities and other education and training providers to support students to prepare for the workplace and to make informed choices about the next step in their education or training. To support this, the department is funding The Careers & Enterprise Company to support schools and colleges to develop careers programmes in line with their careers requirements and the Gatsby Benchmarks.”
The Launch Your Career platform helps schools to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks by providing access to features such as online employer encounters and experiences, virtual workplace tours plus access to over 700 different career profiles. Schools can also track student’s encounters and report on the various Gatsby Benchmarks through the platform’s integration with Compass+. Teachers can also access a portfolio of free resources including Future-Thinking Tutorials for years 7-11, mini challenges and full-day enterprise challenges developed with UCFB, KickitOut and The Oli Leigh Trust.
Schools can enhance their curriculum further by taking part in The National Careers Challenge, the UK’s largest enterprise competition for schools, where students tackle real-life business problems posed by our sponsors, NatWest, Airbus and Air Products.
As a former Careers Lead, I understand the added pressures that this new guidance will place on schools. However, I have also seen first hand the enormous impact that effective careers guidance and education can have on the lives of young people. That is why we have created the Careers Curriculum – the UK’s first video-led careers curriculum for schools. The functionality of the platform enables non-specialists to deliver engaging careers lessons, with fully-resourced, skills-based workshops featuring a host of employees and apprentices representing the full spectrum of industry sectors.
Careers leads and advisors can easily track employer encounters and other student activities across the wider school curriculum and can also provide students with personalised feedback and guidance using the enhanced Teacher dashboard. – Rebecca Clarke, Head of Education and Programmes at The Inspirational Learning Group