national career leaders conference 2020

Quality, Sustainability and Professional Practice. 

Held on: Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th November 

This was an online conference. 

Quality, Sustainability and Professional Practice

This 2020 conference, postponed from July, was an online event featuring keynote speakers, plenary panels, workshops, networking and an online exhibition.

All three of the themes are important at the best of times, but for 2020, providing ‘good career guidance’ has been even more of a challenge. Our conference helped practitioners explore the themes of quality, sustainability and professional practice through the lens of the COVID19 pandemic and to make plans for the new ‘normal’. The event was targeted at school and college career leaders and those tasked with supporting and working with them to explore and improve career development provision in their organisations.

The conference was run through a professional digital conference platform 'hopin' a virtual venue for events. 

To view all the presentations: 

National Career Leader Conference 2020 - Presentations (



Keynote session

  • Sir John Holman, senior adviser to the Gatsby Foundation - Making the most of the Gatsby benchmarks – now and in the future
  • Professor Tristram Hooley - What do you need to know to have an amazing career: Reimagining the CDI framework

Panel session - focusing on the themes of quality and sustainability

  • Emily Tanner, Head of Research, Careers & Enterprise Company - Careers Hubs and the quality of career guidance
  • Alison Cameron Brandwood HMI and Ofsted national lead for careers guidance and youth engagement
  • Michele Squire, Prospects (Prospects Careers Education Strategic Manager) - The Importance of the Quality in Careers Standard



Monday 23 November – 1.30

  • The Triage Approach to Personal Guidance - John Ambrose
  • Vision Impairment – Research & Best Practice in CEIAG - Gareth Brydon and Rachel Hewitt
  • Creating a culture for change - Nicki Moore

Monday 23 November – 2.45

  • What does tailored careers support mean in practice? The perspective of the National Deaf Children’s Society?
  • Understanding the revised CDI Framework - Kath Wright
  • How to maximise the impact of career guidance

Monday 23 November – 4.00

  • The ABC of CPD for Career Leaders - Claire Nix
  • CEIAG – What is that and how do I persuade SLT that it is a high priority - Michelle Stewart
  • Effective approaches to parental engagement: A framework of outcomes for parents - Lewis Clarke & Nicki Moore

Keynote session

  • Nicola Hall, Director of Education, Careers & Enterprise Company - Creating a Careers Community
  • Dr Siobhan Neary and Dr Jill Hanson, iCeGS at University of Derby - What works in personal guidance? Findings from the CEC personal guidance fund evaluation


Panel session - focusing on the themes of professional practice and sustainability

  • Sue Lewis, Support for Learners Manager, Career Pilot - Providing effective guidance to meet the individual need through a triage model
  • David Andrews OBE - The Gatsby revolution: maintaining the momentum beyond 2020



Tuesday 24 November – 1.30

  • Supporting young people with SEND - SEND projects and resources – Kelly Dillion
  • Supporting Careers into the Curriculum, with a focus on LMI - Sarah Roche
  • The Quality in Careers Standard: how it fits into the careers landscape - Kelly Baxendale


Tuesday 24 November – 2.45

  • Careers Policy, Programme, Strategy and Development Plan. What are they and how do I prepare them? - John Ambrose
  • Developing a sustainable model for Personal Guidance
  • The Role of The Careers Team in Schools – How to Develop Yours


Tuesday 24 November – 4.00

  • Understanding the adolescent mind - Michelle Stewart
  • Using Volunteer Mentors to support aspiration and attainment - Shoonagh Hubble
  • Developing a logic model and evaluation framework for your careers programme - Dr Jill Hanson