Yesterday, I listened to Anne Milton MP give a speech at the Careers England Careers Summit. In the speech she set out the direction of the long awaited governmental careers strategy. Whilst the message was yet another exhortation declaring “you’re going to have to wait a bit longer” there were 4 very clear messages for […]
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!
Back in March 2015 I posted a blog called For Every School A Careers Leader – it set out the rationale behind the TeachFirst Careers Leader training programme which was being trialled at the time. Having run a few cycles of careers leader training, TeachFirst have called on the Government to meet the following needs which […]
As I’ve said before on many occasions, getting support from SLT for Careers Learning is a tough job in the main.A conversation I had last week brought up the question – would schools respond better to terms such as aspirations or future planning? This ties in nicely to a piece of research that came out […]
One of the major hurdles to schools developing effective Careers, Education, Information, Advice and Guidance CEIAG has always been the lack of hard proof of its effectiveness. Also, one of the most common queries I’ve heard in my day job as a consultant, is :- How do I prove my CEIAG offer is effective to […]
I’ve been in ‘careers’ for about 20 cough cough years. Long enough to remember the ‘bad old days’ before we had employer engagement on the scale we do now. We do seem to have moved from one extreme where almost all school career advice came from professional careers advisers, to the opposite, where many students get […]
As per normal at about this time of year, there are a flurry of reports on how unemployable young people are. The Taylor Report & the CBI/Pearson report being just 2. Each report is making headlines, telling us how the country is going to go down the tubes unless we take action against the skills […]
I’m aiming to make this post short & snappy – Headteachers are busy people – I want you to understand why the CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership is so important You need a school careers champion – research shows that schools with SLT/MLT leadership of careers perform far better than those without. You probably don’t […]
Ok, so the election was last week, but are we any clearer where the country will be in a month? 3 months? A year? I’m not certain we do. Looking back at my April 18th blog about what the snap general election would do for careers, I was concerned about 3 things:- The frequently promised […]
In my experience as a careers education consultant and also as an assessor for the Quality in Careers Standard, one of the areas that most schools fail to cover effectively is LMI – Labour Market Information. What is LMI? LMI is information about the job market – it can show us patterns, trends and facts […]
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 […]