England's national CEIAG quality award and its Licensed Awarding Bodies

An Introduction for Schools, Colleges and Work-Based Learning Providers:

Schools, Colleges and Work-Based Learning Providers, looking to achieve a dedicated quality award for their overall CEIAG programme of activities, which is professionally-driven, content specific, and externally assessed, are invited to look at the Quality in Careers Standard which is fully aligned with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for "Good Career Guidance".

As England's dedicated national quality award, the Quality in Careers Standard uniquely accredits (through external assessment) the four components of the CEIAG:

  1. Careers Education
  2. Careers Information
  3. Careers Advice
  4. Careers Guidance

There are already over 1100 Schools, Colleges and WBL providers in England who either hold or are working toward the Quality in Careers Standard. This includes 30% of England's state secondary schools & academies as well as 30% of England's Sixth Form Colleges.

This link takes you to schools, colleges, and other learning providers who currently hold the Standard

Please also note: Learning providers outside of England - for example in Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands - may also access the Quality in Careers Standard.

Schools, Colleges & WBL providers seeking accreditation are assessed by external specialists who are occupationally competent CEG professional assessors. Nationally, we currently have over 100 CEG assessors - there is no other assessment force of its kind, dedicated to the accreditation of the highest quality CEIAG provision in our country.

Our advice to help you with your next steps:

  • Schools, Colleges and WBL providers are all recommended to, 'go for' the Quality in Careers Standard - the national CEIAG quality award.
  • We encourage Schools, Colleges and WBL providers to start the journey of improvement today by contacting one or more of the Licensed Awarding Bodies (whose contact details can be found here) which are authorised by the Quality in Careers Consortium to assess and accredit learning providers.
  • Then you can begin working towards the Quality in Careers Standard.

All Licensed Awarding Bodies have met our exacting national licensing criteria, and whilst some are often linked to a particular geographic area, you will see that many are available either regionally or nationally. Direct approaches to each will answer questions about availability and their approaches to the journey of quality assurance and development of outstanding CEIAG.

For advice about starting the journey of accreditation, you might wish initially to contact the Quality in Careers Director, Paul Chubb via pac@qualityincareers.org.uk If you should encounter any problems, please do contact the Quality in Careers Director personally.

An introduction for parents to our Quality Assurance of Careers Education & Guidance:

We all want the very best futures for our sons and daughters, so parents need to be assured that schools and colleges provide top quality careers support.

So, if a school or a college holds our nationally recognised Quality in Careers Standard for its CEIAG, parents can be assured that it does provide its students with careers support of the quality of the best.

To achieve our national quality award, schools and colleges submit their CEIAG programme for rigorous external assessment and accreditation by the Licensed Awarding Body. The assessment is made against national standards, which fully incorporate the Gatsby Benchmarks for "Good Careers Guidance" by an expert CEIAG assessor who is independent from the school or college.

We have appointed a number of Licensed Awarding Bodies for the Quality in Careers Standard across England. All are accredited against the same national criteria by our Quality in Careers Consortium. You can read more about this below and via the Guide to the Standard.

The Quality in Careers Standard requires schools and colleges to demonstrate that their careers programme:

  • has strong leadership from the Head Teacher/Principal, the senior leadership team and the governing body
  • with effective training for staff involved in planning and delivering the careers programme

The school or college must have an effective programme of careers education, enterprise and employability including work-related learning opportunities for students.

Employers as well as further and higher education providers must be involved in the programme to open up and increase students' understanding of a wide range of options, routes and providers of apprenticeships, colleges and universities.

All students must be included in the careers programme.

We require schools to demonstrate that their careers programme will:

  • educate, prepare and inspire young people as they make decisions about their future learning and work choices
  • improve their motivation and aspiration
  • develop their career learning skills, knowledge and attributes, and
  • increase their understanding of work-based issues such as prejudice, stereo-typing, discrimination and equal-opportunities.

By achieving the externally assessed Quality in Careers Standard parents can be confident that the careers support provided by the school or college will help every student to gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to take control of their futures.

The pages on our website with case studies of best practice in schools and colleges will give parents more details of how the very best provide careers support for their students.

The Government (through the Department for Education) has issued STATUTORY GUIDANCE which strongly recommends all

Schools to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard as the national CEIAG quality award: here is the link to the latest DfE document

The revised (January 2018) Statutory Guidance to Schools on their Careers Guidance duty includes in Paragraph 20 the following:

20. Schools can gain formal accreditation of their careers programme through the Quality in Careers Standard - the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance. The Standard offers an opportunity for schools to undergo an external evaluation of their careers programme and so is distinct from the Compass self-assessment. Work is continuing to align the Standard more fully to the Benchmarks and to incorporate Compass into its processes, so those schools achieving the Standard meet all eight Benchmarks. We strongly recommend that all schools work towards the updated Quality in Careers Standard, incorporating Compass, to support the development of their careers programme.

We have fully revised our national assessment criteria to incorporate the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Compass self-assessment tool. You can read more about this via the Guide to the Standard

The revised (February 2018) guidance from the DfE to Further Education Colleges and Sixth Form Colleges concerning careers guidance is here

The current Licensed Awarding Bodies for the Quality in Careers Standard are shown here

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