The decline of careers advice
According to recent research by Careers England, careers advice has reduced in more than eight out of 10 schools in England during the past 12 months.
What this means for parents is that you should be clear what sort of careers advice is on offer in the school that your child attends.
The survey was completed by professional careers advisers working in 1,500 secondary schools and the results show that there have been “dramatic reductions” in the amount of professional careers guidance on offer.
Chairman of the Careers England board Steve Stewart said that if the survey results were replicated across all schools it would translate to cuts in 3,300 schools.
He said: “Schools have been let down by the Department for Education, poorly prepared for the transition to their new role.
“And to expect more and better careers guidance for students, when schools have not a penny more for the new duty is not delegation of the duty to schools – it is abdication of by the Department for Education.
“This survey tells us bluntly that too much has been left to chance.”
He said that many schools were struggling with what the new duty meant and said there should be “a test of sufficiency in how the duty is fulfilled”.
His colleague Careers England director Paul Chubb said: “The worst thing about this is the fact that we told government what would happen.
“When they tried this in the Netherlands and New Zealand there was a reduction in the available labour market of informed independent careers advice. Our survey confirms this has happened in England.”
He said the cuts were happening against a backdrop of a “very tight labour market” and as vocational routes into employment are being undermined”.
A Department for Education spokesperson said: “Young people need good quality careers advice – but the sad fact is that too much provision has been poor quality and patchy.
“We have introduced a new legal duty on schools to secure independent and impartial careers guidance for their pupils.
“They know their students best, so it is right that they should decide what provision is right for them and that they have complete control over their budgets to buy in the support they need.”