iCeGs Annual Lecture 2019

Date and time
Wednesday, 11 December 2019
13.00 - 17.00

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus
Kedleston Road
DE22 1GB

About the speaker

David Andrews OBE has been working on careers education and guidance in schools for the past 40 years. He started teaching in secondary schools in the year in which Bill Law and Tony Watts published the DOTS framework. Over that time, he has seen the position of careers education in the curriculum grow and develop, with it reaching its peak at the turn of the century when it was part of the statutory curriculum. This national programme of support was funded by the central government and further support and training provided at a local level across the country. This programme was all undermined in 2012 when the statutory duties on schools to provide careers education and work-related learning were removed. Full details of this story can be studied in his 2011 book, Careers Education in Schools (Highflyers Publishing). He has now written a second edition of the book, chronicling developments over the past decade.

About the lecture

In this lecture, David will delve briefly into the early history of careers education in English schools and then examine in more detail what has happened in the past seven years. His analysis will show that the quantity and quality of career learning in schools remains patchy, varying from very good to severely lacking.

Evidence is emerging that the Gatsby benchmarks are beginning to drive an improvement in careers programmes in schools. Still, there is a risk that the absence of any explicit reference to having a planned programme of careers education in the curriculum could lead to this crucial element of career guidance being overlooked. We could be in danger of not seizing the opportunity to ensure that young people are provided with the knowledge and skills that will equip them to navigate and shape their future careers on a lifelong basis.

David will put forward practical proposals for addressing this gap in the current careers strategy and will argue that we will need a greater degree of collaboration within the sector. By doing this, we are providing future generations with the learning both for and about a career that they need and deserve.

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