December 3, 2019

Are You Meeting Your 7 Statutory Requirements for Effective Careers Advice?

In October 2018, the Department for Education (DFE) summarised the key statutory duties of Schools and Trusts in terms of effective careers advice. They provided a helpful table of the 7 key activities and duties with detail of the timescales and dates upon which those legal duties came into force. These are summarised below:

  1. Every school must ensure that pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13 from September 2012
  2. Every school must ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships from 2nd January 2018 
  3. Every school must publish a policy statement setting out their arrangements for provider access and ensure that it is followed from 2nd January 2018
  4. Every school should begin using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision now (Jan 2018) and meet them by the end of 2020. 
  5. For the employer encounters Benchmark, every school should begin to offer every young person seven encounters with employers – at least one each year from year 7 to year 13 – and meet this in full by the end of 2020. Some of these encounters should be with STEM employers. 
  6. Every school should appoint a named person to the role of Careers Leader to lead the careers programme. From 1 September 2018
  7. Every school must publish details of their careers programme for young people and their parents from 1stSeptember 2018.

As you can see, many of these milestone dates have passed.

The Alphas Careers team have recently concluded some rapid research with some revealing findings:

  1. Less than 10% of Schools surveyed have met their statutory requirement of publicizing their careers programme to parents and NO Schools surveyed publicized this on their own web sites – responsibility 7
  2. Whilst the majority of Schools fulfilled their requirement to appoint a named person as careers lead (responsibility 6), very few of them actually had the time to undertake this role effectively to the benefit of all pupils
  3. None of the Schools surveyed had produced a policy statement on provider access – responsibility 3
  4. All Schools had commenced with work on meeting the Gatsby benchmarks – responsibility 4 but the majority accepted they had significant more work to do to fulfil the obligations by the end of 2020
  5. The majority of Schools and Trusts were not satisfied they were meeting the obligations of responsibility 1 regarding independent careers advice, in particular for those at year 8, 9 and 10.

We fully recognise the competing demands on senior leader’s time but more needs to be done in this important area. This is where the Alphas Careers team come to help. Talk to the team today and see how we can meet you without obligation to demonstrate our platform and provide you with an initial assessment of where your gaps are in terms of meeting your statutory responsibilities. Remember we do not charge license fees for our platform – our base line service is free for every year 8 – 13 in the country.

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