New DfE Publication: ‘Careers Information, Advice and Guidance in Schools.’

The Department for Education has published Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools: statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff (April 2014) which sets out to help schools understand their obligations and duties in relation to careers advice and guidance.

From September 2014 Ofsted has said it will consider young people’s destinations when judging the quality of a school’s leadership and management. 

To help schools, we have produced a summary of the guidance which highlights the headline issues and main changes to the previous guidance (March 2013). The summary also indicates further sources of information and contact details for Local Authority staff who can offer assistance in relevant areas.

Some significant changes to the previous guidance includine:

  • An emphasis on the primary role of the governing body in discharging the duty to provide Careers Information Advice and Guidance (CIAG) from year 8 to year 13.
  • The requirement for schools to secure independent guidance that includes information on the full range of education and training options, including apprenticeships and vocational pathways.
  • The requirement to ensure that young people are clear about the duty to participate and what it means for them.
  • Notification that Ofsted will take account of the quality of independent advice and guidance when making their judgement on a school’s leadership and management, and will use the DfE’s ‘destination measures’ as a means of informing this judgement.

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Published: 12/06/2014
Audience: Secondary School Head Teachers, CEIAG Leads in Secondary School, School Governors
Contact: Angela Taylor

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