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Careers Advice

The government has placed a duty on schools to provide careers guidance. The duty requires school governing bodies to ensure that all pupils at their school are provided with independent careers guidance from Year 8 (12–13-year-olds) to Year 13 (17–18-year-olds).

The Department for Education says in ‘Careers guidance and inspiration in schools’, that this advice must;

  • Be presented in an impartial way
  • Include information on the full range of education or training options post Year 11, including Apprenticeships and other vocational pathways and
  • Promote the best interests of the pupil to whom it is given.

Careers Education

From 2018 schools have a statutory obligation to include careers education alongside their impartial career's information, advice and guidance.

To develop and improve their careers provision, every school should:

  • use the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve careers provision.
  • publish a policy statement setting out their arrangements for provider access and ensure that it is followed. (Enhanced Baker clause January 2023)
  • offer every young person seven encounters with employers – at least one each year from year 7 to year 13.         
  • Some of these encounters should be with STEM employers.

The Virtual School monitor these key areas of support through the relevant sections in the PEP.


Last Updated on Wednesday, June 7, 2023

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