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!

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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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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