In January 2018, the Department for Education published the long-awaited updated statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and staff, shortly followed by the statutory guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges in February 2018.
Well, the truth is that probably feels like a lifetime ago so we thought we’d provide a curated recap of the guidance for easy reference.
The ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers’ applies to:
- Local-authority-maintained schools
- Community schools
- Foundation or voluntary schools
- Community or foundation special schools
- Academies and free schools
- Pupil referral units (PRUs)
The ‘Careers guidance: Guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges’ applies to:
- All learners in colleges up to and including the age of 18
- 19- to 25-year-olds with a current Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan in place under section 37 of the Children and Families Act 2014
You’ll remember the reports covered a few main points:
- The statutory guidance for education and training providers has been updated to expand on the ‘Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents’ published in December 2017 – to set out a long-term plan to build a world-class careers system that will help young people and adults choose the career that is right for them.
- The statutory guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges has been updated to incorporate the Government’s reforms set out in the ‘Post 16-Skills Plan’ – to help meet the needs of our growing and rapidly changing economy by raising the prestige of technical education.
- The statutory guidance for both schools and colleges has been restructured around the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s eight Benchmarks with information on what schools and colleges need to do to meet each one. These benchmarks define all of the elements of an excellent careers programme and the Government’s expectation is that schools and colleges will achieve these benchmarks by the end of 2020.
- The updated careers strategy refers to both co-ordinated external support and appropriately skilled and experienced school leader support – these statutory guidance documents explain what support will be made available to schools and colleges between now and 2020.
- The Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) will provide external support to schools and colleges.
- In addition, every school and college will need a dedicated Careers Leader and will be asked to name this Career Leader. In larger colleges, this might be a Career Leadership team.
- The way in which careers guidance will continue to be considered during Ofsted inspection is set out in Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework, School Inspection Handbook and Further Education and Skills Inspection Handbook.
With some great ‘best-practice’ and so much information to digest in the statutory guidance, where do you begin?
Here are our suggestions to get you started:
- Take some time out to re-read the statutory guidance, careers strategy and Post-16 skills plan documents. We have attached the links at the bottom of this blog for your information.
- Explore using CASCAID Manager, the free business intelligence tool that comes with Kudos, to provide valuable insights, action plans and reports that you can share with your SLT and throughout your institution.
- The Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s eight Benchmarks are being referred to widely throughout the statutory guidance. Download our comprehensive guide with specific and actionable ways in which you, your colleagues and your school or college can utilise Kudos to ensure you are achieving the benchmarks.
By using Kudos you are already providing impartial and independent, high-quality careers guidance which provides accurate and up-to-date information plus an open and transparent matching system which creates personalised results.
We can all agree there are plenty of resources and advice available about the statutory guidance and what needs to be done. Rest assured, here at CASCAID we will do our very best to support you as best we can.
Get in touch…
Do you have questions or concerns about the statutory guidance? Would you like to know more about our products and services and especially, how they can help you meet the statutory guidance? Get in touch – we would love to hear from you and are always happy to help.
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