I’ve been reading huge amounts about Mrs May’s review of HE funding and to be honest, I’m fuming. Putting my political affiliations to one side, I’m trying to look at things objectively. However, I feel powerless to resist speaking up for “poorer students” “working class students” “the disadvantaged” call this sector of society, MY sector […]
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!
In my last post I covered the musts of the statutory guidance. They’re aren’t many of them and to be honest, if you only complied with the musts, then your school will be doing a pretty poor job. However, the guidance places a pretty clear expectation of compliance with the ‘shoulds’ in para 11 & […]
Well we waited a long time for this but at last it’s here. The new statutory guidance for schools is published and I’ve spent some time going through it in detail. There’s a lot of good practice outlined in it and if every school in the land went hell for leather in following the could’s should’s […]
Yesterday at the CDI Conference in Birmingham, Anne Milton MP announced the long awaited Careers Strategy to a packed hall of careers advisers, teachers and other interested parties. This post attempts to succinctly point to key points of the Careers Strategy that directly affect the provision within a school. There are plenty of other things […]
What is the Baker Clause? The Baker Clause is an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act which requires schools to proactively provide access to it’s pupils by alternative providers of technical & post 14, 16 & 18 education. It requires ALL schools from 2nd January 2018 to :- 2. Ensure that ALL pupils have […]
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 […]
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 […]