The latest statutory guidance for schools and colleges on their duty to provide independent and impartial careers guidance for YR 8-13.
- New careers strategy (pdf format, 566KB)
- New Statutory Guidance - January 2018 (pdf format, 511Kb)
- Non-statutory guidance: Careers guidance and inspiration in schools
Sixth Forms and FE Colleges
- Statutory guidance: Careers guidance and inspiration for sixth forms and further education colleges (March 2015)
We have summarised the content on careers guidance found in the latest inspection frameworks for schools and colleges in a report - Careers Guidance Content - Inspection Handbooks 2014
Ofsted also have various reports published on careers guidance as well as examples of good practice.
Useful research and reports
- Good Careers Guidance - A report by The Gatsby Foundation which sets out the ‘push’ and ‘pull’ factors that influence career guidance: ‘push’ factors are school-based while ‘pull’ factors come from employers. Push and pull complement each other, and the report concludes that employer-pull is as important as school-push.
- Nothing in common: The career aspirations of young Britons mapped against projected labour market demand (2010-2020), (pdf format, 880Kb). This paper asks a simple question: is there any alignment between the career aspirations of young people, aged between 13 and 18, and the best estimates of actual demand within the current and future British labour market?
- A Cloudy Horizon: Careers Services in England (6.7Mb). This report examines in detail how careers activity in English schools has changed over the last two years.
- Going in the right direction? (pdf format, 394Kb) A report published by Ofsted finds that the arrangements for careers guidance in schools are not working well enough. September 2013. See also the Careers Guidance Action Plan (pdf format, 226Kb) a response by the government.
- Helping the Inbetweeners: ensuring careers advice improves the options for all young people (pdf format, 720Kb) - A report by Barnardos reveals that these services are not reaching young people – especially those ‘in between’, who may have low qualifications and be disengaged from school but don’t qualify for extra support because they’re not classified as the most ‘at risk’ by local authorities. August 2013.