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I am the Careers Defender!


Welcome to the Careers Defender blog. You can find me on Twitter, Paper.li, and Pinterest, flying around the country defending the careers of students in schools up and down this land.

I am passionate about ensuring 11-19 year olds have access to good quality careers education and guidance.

If we work together, we can achieve great things!




How has teaching changed to reflect the recruitment process of the 21st Century?

Today I read an interesting article about Timpsons’ the shoe repair company.  I’ve long had respect for the company as they offer to dry clean interview clothes for unemployed people. Today I have an even greater respect for them as there is an article doing the rounds about their recruitment practices and the management style of […]

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What will the snap General Election mean for careers?

WARNING AN UNCHARACTERISTICALLY POLITICAL POST PROMPTED BY THE ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE GENERAL ELECTION Today we’ve all been shocked by the announcement of a General Election on 8th June.  Being careers focussed my first thought was there goes the new statutory duty… What about the statutory duty? The last new version of the statutory duty for careers […]

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Your destination data stats are in peril. Drop out rates are up again

What is going wrong? Apprentices not completing their apprenticeships – University drop outs up.. Given the government’s reliance on destination data, this is worrying for Head Teachers. The TES ran an article this week about 1/3  of apprentices not completing their apprenticeships.  The article itself looked at the fact the rate of completions was down on […]

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Some thoughts on Halfon’s strategy for careers

We need to improve the prestige of careers advice and we will publish a comprehensive careers strategy for all ages later this year — Robert Halfon (@halfon4harlowMP) January 30, 2017 For once, I totally agree with the statement of a minister… I just wonder how Robert Halfon’s  interpretation and mine will differ when planning the […]

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Not the statutory guidance but a signpost

OK so now my blog posts are like busses, wait for ages for one and two come along at once.  I can’t take any credit at all, but on the same day I post bemoaning the lack of new statutory guidance, the Government have published its reply to the sub committee for Education, Employment & […]

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