Here is what a few nice people say about me and the services I provide

I had the pleasure of attending the 2024 UCAS
Teachers and Advisors conference in Birmingham yesterday.

It was jammed packed with insightful speakers and networking opportunities and provided me with some great takeaways to allow us to better support our students.

I particularly enjoyed the presentation on preparing Careers for Ofstead inspections with Janet Colledge from Outstanding Careers which provided some really useful advice.

Stacey Cooksey

We recently had a careers health check conducted by Janet and I am writing to say the standard of review and feedback was of the highest standard.I have followed Janet and the work she does for over a number of years and this has greatly helped develop my professional practice.

I am grateful to Janet for the external review of careers education at Ipswich Academy as this has provided action points to develop our offer for the future as well as reflect on the good practice that is currently happening at the school.

We will continue to internally review and develop our careers programme using the excellent guidance Janet has provided.

Victoria Addiss, Ipswich Academy

Thank you Janet for hosting a great careers training on how careers is a whole school issue. Your training was really engaging and got our staff at SHHS to think about Gatbsy Benchmark four and what they can do.

Thank you so much!

Mariet Serradilla, Careers Leader Sacred Heart High School

When I originally contacted Janet to ask her to be a keynote speaker for an event we were planning in the summer I had no idea what might be happening a few months later!

The pandemic encouraged us to be creative and develop an online event to reach our audience of careers leads and those supporting vulnerable learners, such as care experienced young people.

Janet was able to deliver a very successful keynote session to a broader audience than would normally have been possible. The feedback for the conference was very positive and several delegates referred specifically to Janet's session with comments such as:

'I thought all the speakers were informative - the session from Janet was particularly useful for thinking of forward planning careers work.'

I thoroughly recommend a session from the 'Careers Defender' and hope we can work with her again soon.

Sonia Hardwick CPD Manager, Hepp (South Yorkshire)

Good to hear you present at the Thurrock Careers Conference last night. Your presentation was excellent. Thank you for sharing your knowledge which will help me in my job as an Enterprise Coordinator. Kind regards

Louise Cantrill, The Careers and Enterprise Company

"Janet's information and knowledge for me was priceless. This is, as a careers leader, the kind of feedback and insight we all need."

Delegate at The Careers Education Summit 2019

I went to the OFSTED training in London. Janet Colledge was an excellent trainer - she's done it and got the t-shirt. Pragmatic support from one careers leader to others.

Dan Villiers, DeAston School

Here are a few things that the attendees at the mentors of the Teach First careers leader trainees said about my presentation :-
Ofsted talk was hugely useful.
The session from Janet on Ofsted was very useful. It was great to have a session from an external expert and gave me lots of useful information to pass on to my Careers Leaders.
It was fantastic hearing from a sector expert (Janet Colledge) on how the new Ofsted CIF will impact Careers Leaders and our schools - very useful session.
Sector specific training delivered by Janet Colledge was great

Access & Careers Leads, Teach First

It was great to meet you yesterday and thank you for such an informative presentation. I was not surprised to see it was the most well attended one of the day!...
I've been going through my notes with the careers lead of the school I'm in today and she has found them so helpful, really appreciate the amount of time and hard work you put into this. It is certainly making an impact in the schools I work in and no doubt this will be the case across the country. It is highly inspirational and definitely something I am learning from and aspire to do one day so thank you again.
(Attendee at National Careers Guidance Show Seminar Second Guessing Ofsted on CEIAG) March 2019)

Joe Markland, Wigan Council

The seminar was fantastic, interesting and full of very useful information. Many thanks
(Attendee at National Careers Guidance Show Seminar Second Guessing Ofsted on CEIAG) March 2019)

Helen Hardcastle, Holy Trinity School Barnsley

" Janet delivered an engaging, lively and informative session to our staff which was very well received. Feedback from attendees was very positive"

Judi Harper - Interim Director of Student Services, Newham College

(Written to a third party who introduced us)
I just wanted to thank you so much for referring me to Janet Colledge. She came in yesterday and made a very thorough assessment of our provision. She then made some very clear and achievable recommendations for improvement. She has been a great support to me in getting me the leverage to improve things across the school.

Our provision is already looking better!

Thanks again

Brian Eastty

Careers Coordinator

Mulberry School

Brian Eastty, Mulberry School Tower Hamlets

As a careers adviser in Kent, working remotely across a wide area. Janet's weekly newsletter is one of the 'go to sources' for staying informed of trends in the education and ceiag sector. We recommend to all our partner schools to subscribe to the newsletter. In addition regular updates via social media directly informs practice with our clients... if your are in school, involved with ceiag, make sure Janet's work is on your radar!

Chris Targett, Senior Careers Adviser CXK Ltd

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you on behalf of myself (and also fellow guidance practitioners) who really value the work you do. Thank you so much, I think you're doing an amazing job of voicing concerns that are truly felt through our profession. Keep up the good work, we're out here reading!

Emily Róisín Reid Snr Careers Consultant, Warwick Medical School

Pinterest boards looking great - really clear and easy to access. Thanks.


Viv MacDonald ‏@RealVivSkills

An experienced practitioner who brings considerable expertise to the role and has established strong working links with a range of external partners.

Elizabeth Whicheloe

Janet is a rare find; her enthusiasm and continued belief in quality careers delivery for young people at a time of increasing cuts to local services is infectious. Positive , experienced, knowledgeable , Janet is a pleasure to be around and work with.


Nick Newman FRSA

Janet is a hard-working individual, with an exceptionally keen sense of detail. In the many instances that I have worked with her, Janet has proven herself to be focused, diligent, knowledgeable, and innovative. Never one to shy away from hard work, her efforts have made significant improvements in her field. My time with Janet yielded many positive results, and I have no problems recommending her for any future work.


Sol Shaikh

Thank you, thank you, thank you SO much for helping me so much today. It means so much that you always help me even though you are not obliged to. _ What Janet told me helped a lot too~ I finally have an audacious goal! I love ESIP a lot. I wish I could've thanked her


ESIP Pupil, Emerging Scholars in Progress

Discovered your blog via LinkedIn. It's great and I will be catching up as well as following new posts.

Dr Simon Davey, Programme Leader ESIP

No probs. Governors were impressed today with my up to date knowledge of EEF findings on PP use! 😉 Thanks again.

Philip Jones @philjrj

Thanks Janet! I am sure I will. Have subscribed to your Paper.li; really useful info.

Michelle @ExpressionsByM

Hugely valuable talks from @johntomsett and @careersdefender at #LabourTM. Glad I came!

Jim O'Connell @JimOC_L

You are extremely knowledgeable and able to answer all questions from a personal experience, other schools and Ofsted perspective.

  • The service was tailored to meet the needs of the school which was great.
  • Your enthusiasm was tangible and the provision evaluation grid you provided will be very useful.
  • The report provides well structured, concise and clear evaluation of current provision and recommendations for improvement.


Dennis Simms, Magnus C of E School

I thoroughly enjoyed your presentations and will definitely link into your blog / website. I enjoyed your comments, made loads of notes and would certainly like to keep in touch.

Sue Froud - Stantonbury Campus, Personalised & WRL Administrator

It was a pleasure to meet you yesterday. I am now following you on twitter. Thanks again for your input to yesterday's Conference. It was inspiring and extremely useful.


Fiona Farmer, Toot Hill School

I thought your Careers Defender summary on the statutory requirements for 2014-15 was absolutely brilliant. We are planning our mailshots for the coming month & we'd love to send out a version of this in our Push Talks newsletter to our entire list of school contacts (from Year 11 - 13/Sixth Form).


Johnny Rich, MD of Push Talks

Thanks for your help via twitter, email and the London Conference. The Newcastle CEIAG group have all benefitted from your up to date news and your presentations, kindly shared. We hope to work with you in the future.


Sue Taylor CEIAG Manager, Heaton Manor School

From the feedback on the day, the delegates were extremely impressed by your session and many highlighted it as extremely valuable to them.

'Janet's session about evaluation and monitoring was informative and digestible. One of the most useful sessions of the day.'


Understanding Modern Gov

My biggest worry when I took on the responsibility of Careers and IAG at our Academy, only a few weeks ago at the start of May, was how to monitor its effectiveness and how to use any data. Your presentation more than addressed this and I now realise that something that seemed very scary initially is actually quite straightforward and can also be a powerful tool to motivate both staff and students.


Vivienne Flanagan Head of Careers & IAG

Delegates from Aimhigher partner schools, colleges and universities commented most frequently that your keynote 'was particularly useful in enhancing their understanding of CEIAG'. Thank you.


Aim Higher London South

Can I say how impressed I was with the presentation and it gave me loads of ideas.


Phillip Marwood, Attendee at a training course

Thank you very much for your presentations yesterday. It was really great having a practical perspective and for it to be delivered with enthusiasm and humour.

Oxfordshire CC -Sophie Milton IAG Schools/Colleges & Tracking Officer

Thought she was a great speaker; passionate and knowledgeable. Liked it all

Interesting in the light it (The workshop) shed on how 'careers' have impact on other aspects of a student's experience.

Attendees at Oxfordshire CC CEIAG conference March 2015

A big thank you for all of this (report & information) and the valuable input you gave us on Friday afternoon. I feel so much more confident in this area now and in such a short time.

The additional information you have sent through to me including the subject examples is excellent. I will let you have the feedback and give your information to others as appropriate for a very good consultant as well as using you ourselves of course!


Sharon Glover - Operations Manager Barnet Education, Employment and Training Support

Janet worked with us on a programme of Employability programme for Y13 students. It was carefully devised and expertly delivered as she has a great rapport with young people and paced each session well with a good variety of activities and anecdotes. Throughout the sessions she was always flexible in her approach and reassuring. I am looking forward to working with her again soon.

Rosalind Hall Head of Careers and Higher Education for Schools - Barking and Dagenham, Barking & Dagenham - Careers & HE for schools

Feedback received from Linking Careers to the Curriculum Event at Central Careers Hub. Dec 2016

Please pass on my thanks to Janet - I know how important it is to have feedback on these sessions - she did a great job. The session was well-presented, well-researched and delivered in a way that was relevant to her audience.

Careers Adviser

Maggie Cowan, London Borough of Tower Hamlets Careers Service