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Frameworks and guidance

Careers engagement: a good practice brief for leaders of schools and colleges

This recent guidance document was published for leaders on careers guidance delivery at schools and colleges. It provides a useful checklist for schools and colleges to audit their programmes and plan for development.

Careers Development Institute (CDI)

CDI, formerly ACEG, have a website with a wealth of information for professionals in Careers Education and Guidance. They have a detailed framework which can be accessed for free:

Careers England

CE have collected good practice case studies from around the country which are a great resource as well as having general information about school and college duties around CEIAG, explained simply.

Quality awards in CEIAG

Schools, Colleges and Work-Based Learning Providers, looking to achieve a quality award for their overall CEIAG programme of activities, which is professionally-driven and content specific, are invited to look at the QUALITY AWARDS for CEIAG. There are already over 1100 Schools, Colleges and WBL providers in England who either hold or are working towards a CEIAG Quality Award. See more about the background to quality awards on the Careers England website.

There are two awards that are available in Oxfordshire, both of which have achieved the Quality in Careers Standard which is a national recognition of its quality. The two awards are Careers Mark and Investor in Careers.

The process and costs may vary so you may want to explore each one to find out which one suits your organisations needs.

The Quality Careers Standard

The Quality in Careers Standard has been established as a national validation for England's dedicated CEIAG quality awards which accredit the four components of CEIAG. A summary by Paul Chubb, MBE (pdf format, 1.2Mb),

IAG Professionals

If you are looking for an professional IAG advisor the Careers Development Institute have a register of professionals who qualified and approved. You can search by region. CDI professionals register.

Key websites 

Professional development for career professionals

  • CDI - Lists advice and guidance courses and qualifications for professionals
  • ASCL (Association for School & College Leaders) - sometimes offer training around careers guidance