Teachers are concerned about the quality of careers advice

The TES (Times Educational Supplement) has reported how almost two thirds of teachers are concerned about the standard of careers advice on offer in schools. The research, undertaken by Pearson Think Tank, reports that out of 700 schools, sixth-forms and FE colleges, 63% said they worried ‘a lot’ or ‘sometimes’ about careers guidance and a further 31% believed that the quality of advice available was not adequate.

Career guidance for students in England has recently gone through a large amount of change. From September, the responsibility for delivering external and impartial career guidance has been transferred to the schools, although they have been given no additional funding to deliver this.

Louis Coiffait, head of research at the Think Tank has commented that “with record youth unemployment rates and uncertainty about whether schools can provide good quality careers support, it’s not surprising that most teachers are worried about the careers advice available to pupils”.

Louis Coiffait also comments how high quality education and career advice are prerequisites for a socially mobile society. Therefore, if these are delivered at a poor standard, this could impact harshly in some of the most disadvantaged communities.

To read our news article on this subject of education and social mobility, please click here.

This transfer of responsibility for delivering career guidance has also taken place in the Netherlands and New Zealand. A report by the Think Tank and the University of Derby’s International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) has researched into the impact this has had and found that in both of these countries there was “a decline in both the extent and quality of careers work”. With the same change happening in England, but with the added impact of no added funding, the research has found that the “effects are likely to be more profound”. The report recommends that the Government should be ensuring that schools are providing appropriate career support for young people and also monitor the impact of any decline in school-based careers work on social mobility.

To read our news article about how these changes in career guidance can affect youth unemployment, please click here.

CASCAiD can help schools deliver quality impartial career guidance to students in all years. CASCAiD products allow students to assess their interests and skill levels and generate personalised career suggestions. An A-Z list of careers can be also explored to help students raise their aspirations and reach their potential.

To find out more information on CASCAiD products and how they can be used with students of all ages, please visit our website at www.cascaid.co.uk

The full TES article can be found here.

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