A new guide has been published by Education and Employers, the charity behind the Inspiring the Future programme and its Inspiring Women and Primary Futures campaigns. The guide is designed to help schools and colleges better understand how working with volunteers from the world of work can boost their careers information and advice provision in line with Ofsted’s Common Inspection Framework.
Ofsted’s new Common Inspection Framework introduced in September 2015 has an increased focus on the importance of careers guidance for all young people aged 13-18. Volunteers from the world of work can play a key role in enhancing careers guidance provision and the important decision-making all young people need to make about their futures while at school.
The statutory duty for schools to provide careers guidance
All schools now have a legal duty to provide all registered pupils at the school with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13. Young people want and need to be well-informed when making subject and career decisions.
The governing body must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided:
- Is presented in an impartial manner
- Includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways
- Is guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given