I am the Careers Defender!

Welcome to the Careers Defender blog. You can find me on Twitter,, 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!

For Every School a Careers Leader – Why?

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 […]

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Donald Trump demonstrates why we need career professionals & a professional association

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 […]

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The CDI Certificate in Careers Leadership -A cost effective way to get a school careers champion

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 […]

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