International Careers Report Predicts Decline In Careers Service In England

2 November 2012

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Schools have seen resources for careers education and guidance cut and have lost access to vital expertise. International research predicts that this approach is likely to lead to a decline in the extent and quality of careers advice.

Tristram Hooley, researcher at the University's International Centre for Guidance Studies

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Tristram Hooley

Majority of teachers worried about careers service in schools

New survey data published today (November 2, 2012) finds that the majority (61%) of teachers and lecturers are worried about the careers service being offered to children leaving school. Commissioned by the Pearson Think Tank, the University of Derby research also found that nearly a third (31%) of teachers were specifically worried about the quality of advice being provided, commonly citing the closure of services such as Connexions as a factor contributing to their concerns.

These findings are the conclusions of the 'Careers 2020' report produced by The Pearson Think Tank and the University of Derby's International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS).

The report highlights worrying international evidence from other countries including the Netherlands and New Zealand, which witnessed a decline in both the extent and quality of careers work when responsibility and the associated funding was transferred to schools. Last year's Education Act introduced this new responsibility for all schools in England for the first time but transferred none of the funding.

The report recommends that the implementation of reforms such as the new Statutory Duty and the National Careers Service are carefully monitored and for schools to embed careers work across everything they do, including the curriculum. The Careers 2020 report includes a 'menu of activities' for teachers to plan their school-wide approach to careers.

Louis Coiffait, Head of Research at the Pearson Think Tank said: "With record youth unemployment rates and uncertainty about whether schools can provide good quality careers support, it's not surprising most teachers are worried about the careers advice available to pupils.

"High quality education provision and careers advice are prerequisites for a socially mobile society so failure to get it right now will impact most harshly on some of our most disadvantaged communities for years to come."

Tristram Hooley of iCeGS at the University of Derby said: "Schools have seen resources for careers education and guidance cut and have lost access to vital expertise. International research predicts that this approach is likely to lead to a decline in the extent and quality of careers advice and could have a negative impact on the health of an economy.

"Schools need to act now and think about how they can put careers at the heart of their mission and make meaningful links between the curriculum and young people's futures."

You can download a copy of the Careers 2020 report below.

For more information visit on the Pearson Think Tank visit  www.thepearsonthinktank.com

For more information on the University of Derby's International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS) visit www.derby.ac.uk/icegs

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