Statutory Guidance and Ofsted

What CEIAG schools and colleges are required to deliver

Statutory guidance

Statutory guidance for schools and colleges on their duty to provide independent and impartial careers guidance for years 8-13.


Sixth Forms and FE Colleges

Key requirements of the Careers Strategy

  • Every school must ensure that pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13
  • Every school and college must appoint a named person to the role of Careers Lead
  • Every school and college must publish details of their careers programme for young people and their parents (see section below for more details)
  • Every school must publish a policy statement setting out their arrangements for provider access and ensure that it is followed (the ‘Baker clause’)
  • Every school and college should use the Gatsby Benchmarks  and meet them by the end of 2020
  • Every school must offer every young person seven encounters with employers – at least one each year from year 7 to year 13 – including STEM employers

What you must publish online

The government has outlined that schools and colleges must publish the following information about their careers programme:

  • The name, email address and telephone number of the school’s Careers Leader
  • A summary of the careers programme, including details of how pupils, parents, teachers and employers may access information about the careers programme
  • How the school measures and assesses the impact of the careers programme on pupils
  • The date of the school’s next review of the information published


We have summarised the content on careers guidance found in the latest inspection frameworks for schools and colleges in a report

The full inspection handbook for schools from September 2019 can be found on the Ofsted website.