In a recent set of blogs on the RSA website, Mathew Taylor poses many questions in his blog series ‘What is Good Work?’ It’s easy to be glib and say something along the line of it’s different things to different people. We can all grab Maslow’s hierarchy, however, I want to take a few moments […]
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!
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 […]
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 […]
Recently the Quality in Careers Standard issued a number of new announcements to the way the quality awards are changing and I’ve seen a few posts on Facebook and Twitter wondering how this will affect the award their school has or is working towards. I’ve been party to the changes as I sit on the […]
There is an important survey being undertaken by ICeGS on behalf of Unison about how CEIAG is being handled in schools. Responses from senior leaders are needed from schools who are struggling to provide a good service as well as those who believe they are doing a good job. Please encourage Heads to complete the […]
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 […]
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 […]
About 10 0r 12 years ago, I read with envy a broadsheet article about a new ‘theme park’ activity opening in the far east. This company was called Kidzania and I read with envy how it was a safe environment for young people aged 4-14 to ‘experience’ working in various roles and earning money that they […]
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 & […]
I’m tempted to start this blog with a quick chorus of ‘Why are we waiting” but I thought that could be construed as why are we waiting for another of my blogs. Yes, sorry folks, blogging hasn’t been top of my agenda for a while. Since the start of the year, a whole 11 months […]