NEWS: 15th July 2021
The much-anticipated updated guidance from DfE to schools and colleges on careers education and guidance was issued today. For the first time, it is a single document for all secondary schools and colleges.
You can read the full document here: Statutory Duty the Guidance from the DfE on Careers Education & Guidance
Welcoming the revised Guidance from the Department, Dr Barrie Hopson (Chairman of the Quality in Careers Consortium Board) said:
“We’re pleased to see the DfE not only continue to ‘strongly recommend’ all secondary schools to work towards achieving national external accreditation for their careers provision through the Quality in Careers Standard, but also now to recommend that all colleges do so as well.
Working closely with our Consortium members from the four major school and college leaders’ professional association, we look forward to supporting the implementation of the DfE’s revised guidance by offering the opportunity to all secondary schools and colleges to work towards our national quality award.”
The DfE’s revised guidance includes, in a strong section on “Accountability and quality” on page 12, the following:
“Schools and colleges can gain formal accreditation of their careers programme through the Quality in Careers Standard – the single national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance. The Standard is owned by the Quality in Careers Consortium which involves the major professional associations of school and college leaders alongside the Career Development Institute and Careers England. The Standard is fully aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks and incorporates Compass and Compass+ into its processes. The Standard seeks additional evidence of outcomes for students from the school or college careers programme. As the Standard is externally assessed by one of the Licensed Awarding Bodies, appointed by the Consortium, student voice is a key part of assessors evidence gathering on the impact the careers programme has had on students’ career-related learning. We strongly recommend that all schools and colleges work towards the single national Quality in Careers Standard to support the development of their careers programme.”