On 29th July 2022, we advised that the Education Committee’s inquiry into careers education and guidance in England had now seen all of the submissions published on the Government’s website. Therefore, we were authorised to publish our submission on our website.
You’ll see that we are calling for investment in careers education in England’s schools and colleges through a dedicated “careers premium”, predicated upon the commitment to work towards, achieve and maintain the Quality in Careers Standard.
On 10th January 2023, we took part in the Oral Evidence session of the Committee (our Professional Adviser, Anthony Barnes represented us).
Here is the full transcript of Oral Evidence- https://committees.parliament.uk/oralevidence/12510/pdf/
From the transcript you may find this extract of particular interest:
Question 225: Anna Firth MP: What impact do you find that the availability of the Quality in Careers Standard has on school or colleges’ careers provision? Do you find it a helpful benchmark and aspiration and how does that manifest itself?
Answer: Jo Sykes (Director of Careers, Coop Multi-Academy Trust): Can I answer that one?
At Co-op Academies Trust we are 100% behind the Quality in Careers, and our expectation is that by July 2024 all of our academies, primaries and secondaries will have achieved the benchmark. In terms of secondaries, 90% have achieved it so far and 50% of our primaries are doing it this year.
We are absolutely fully behind the Quality in Careers award. It is a thorough and rigorous process and it rubber-stamps what you are delivering.
I always say it is about the outstanding provision.
Yes, it is quite an experience and you have to be highly organised and have all your evidence. It prepares you well for Ofsted as well when that is coming up, but it just endorses that you are delivering a quality programme.
It is checked every three years as well, so it is continual. It is not that you get the award and then you are left to do it; it is continual.
Anna Firth MP: Thank you, that is good to hear.