This article is therefore intended to be a timely reminder for schools. The DfE has indicated that further information and support will also be made available in September 2018.
Since September 2012, schools have been under a statutory duty to provide independent careers guidance to pupils from Years 8 to 13, which is presented in an impartial manner (without bias or favouritism towards a particular institution or path), includes information all education or training options available (including apprenticeships and technical education routes) and promotes the best interests of the pupils.
From January 2018, schools were required to:
The Gatsby Charitable Foundation's Benchmarks
The Benchmarks create a framework for schools to rely on to demonstrate compliance with their legal duties, and ensure standards of excellence are being met. In summary, the Benchmarks include:
The guidance gives detailed information in relation to all of the Benchmarks, and how schools are expected to meet them.
What Are the New Requirements?
From September 2018, schools must also:
The DfE intends to publish further information and support in September 2018, including job specification and standards for Careers Leaders. They have also stated that, during 2018 and 2019, Careers Leaders training will be funded for 500 schools and colleges. By the end 2020, all schools will also have access to an Enterprise Adviser.
What About Ofsted Inspections?
Careers guidance will be considered during Ofsted inspections in accordance with their Common Inspection Framework and School Inspection Handbook.