CEIAG and Ofsted – The Way Forward

Paul Symes Educational Services
Edge Hill Careers Teachers
What do our Young People want?
• Britain thinks:
• (ex)Aspirational Nation – A study of the
aspirations and expectations of young people
and their parents July 2013.
• The study looked at the aspirations of 14 -18
year olds and their parents.
What do young people want in the
next ten years?
70% having a job they
54% Moving out/
owning own home
56% being married/
in a stable
relationship with kids
And what’s not Important
Being rich
enough not to
famous and
being on TV
Unrealistic Expectations
• They are likely to overestimate how much they
will earn.
Median fulltime average earning
for 22- 29 year olds (2012)
Average expected salary in Ten
Future Employment
0% think they
will be
after school
for 16-24 year
olds is 20%
The Finding the Future Report by
‘Working Links’ found:
– Four in five (85%) young unemployed people feel they
left school ill equipped to find a job.
– Just 14% of young unemployed people say they were
told about vocational options, including
apprenticeships at school
– Almost three quarters (72%) of parents feel schools
did not prepare their children for work with 63%
feeling education is focussed too much on academic
– Over half the young unemployed people surveyed said
they received careers advice less than once a year and
only 9% receive regular guidance.
What do you think?
• Is this a true reflection of our young people?
2013 –2014 What a year!
• January 2013 – Select Committee Report
• March 2013 – revised Statutory Guidance for Schools
expanding provision from yr8 –yr13
• New Careers Development Institute Framework for
Careers Education and Work Related Learning Practical
Guidelines published
• Ofsted thematic review
• BIS/DFE Careers Guidance Action Plan
• Ofsted new framework for inspections
• April 2014 – Publication of Statutory / non Statutory
Guidance on Careers Guidance and Inspiration
A Cloudy Horizon the Careers Service
in England’ – Pearson Think Tank
• Provision is patchy in schools
• Some schools have increasing careers related
activities but a greater number are reducing them
• Overall provision is declining -7% this year on last
• Marked drop in work experience -14%
• Individual career counselling -9%
• Careers fairs -7%
A Cloudy Horizon the Careers Service
in England’ – Pearson Think Tank
Provision is strongest in yrs 10 +11 but weak in 7+8
Awareness of new statutory guidance patchy
1/3 participants admitting they had never heard of it
1/5 schools saying they were confident of meeting the
new duty
• Majority of respondents indicate that careers work is
an important part of the ethos of the school and it
should have a stronger part in the National Curriculum
• Data shows no decline in careers work in the private
sector but a more negative view in the state sector
Recommendation of the Think Tank
• Recommendation 1 : Schools should have one
leader responsible for Careers
• Recommendation 2 : Schools should have one
employer – governor lead on careers
• Recommendation 3 : Schools should provide
consistent careers support to all learners.
• Recommendation 4 : Ofsted should explicitly
inspect careers
Ofsted- Outcomes and Impact of
Ofsted’s Careers Guidance Survey
• Ofsted survey reported by Karen Adriaanse.
• Surveyed guidance in 60 schools, the following
headlines were reported:
Thousands are denied vital careers advice
¾ of schools fail to provide careers advice
Schools ‘failing to help pupils find good jobs’
Schools failing on careers advice
Three in four schools fail duty to provide careers
advice, Ofsted finds
• Karen Adriaanse stressed that none of the
statements above were accurate.
Going in the right direction?
• The new arrangements were only working well in
one in five of the 60 schools visited.
• The one in five schools came from a mixture of
schools, (Grammar schools, comprehensives in
deprived areas, comprehensives in leafy suburbs
etc) There was no category of school that was
particularly outstanding:- put another way, any
school can provide outstanding guidance and
Going in the right direction?
• The survey found that ‘Middle Band’ schools
providing satisfactory or good guidance were
providing a host of activities for young people,
outside speakers, world of work experiences,
good careers information and guidance
• However the work was not co-ordinated, there
were some young people who had many
experiences and some who had no experiences
or very few
Going in the right direction?
• Ofsted saw good practice when activities were
linked to the curriculum.
• Displays enhanced the practice – careers
information environment
• Careers worked best when there was buy-in
from the top
What the students said they wanted:
• More information on the full range of courses run by
FE colleges and other providers, since not everyone
wants to do A levels and go to university
• A higher profile given to vocational training and
apprenticeships to help them make an informed choice
• Visits, presentations or social media pages from former
• More purposeful work experience and opportunities to
find out about careers from employers
• Better links between subjects and careers
• Better guidance on using the web sites
What the students said they wanted:
• Ofsted saw these points as important
– Overall the points can be summarised as students
want more careers information.
– It is important to keep these points in mind when
planning activities and guidance.
• Can we provide more information to our
Ofsted – latest guidance
• In the framework published in Sept 2013 Careers/
preparation for progression was examined in
‘Leadership and Management’ it now comes
under ‘Achievement of pupils’
• The inspection framework published April 2014
– ‘When evaluating the achievements of pupils,
inspectors will consider how well:
 Pupils are prepared for the next stage of their
education, training and/or employment. (Para 52
Ofsted – latest guidance
• In the subsidiary Guidance given to inspectors the
guidance is the same as given in the Sept 2013.
That is:‘ The extent to which timely information,
advice and guidance provides the pupils with a
good understanding of the full range of options
available to assist them to make informed
decisions about their next steps in education,
training or employment; the availability and
quality of advice and guidance on learning and
pathways; and whether staff have the necessary
qualifications, experience and skills to provide
information advice and guidance.’
Inspections so far
• Examined approximately 60 Ofsted reports
between Sept 2013 – Nov 2013.
• Not all reported on Careers Guidance
approximately half have.
• All that reported have been positive – even
when the overall report for the school has
been weak CEG has been used to add a
positive twist
• So what has been said? Some examples:
What Ofsted have said:
Bothal Middle School.
The federation has enhanced the curriculum considerably by providing
opportunities for students to work with the world of business. For
example, some students worked with designers from a multi national car
company and other embarking on work with two London Law firms in
partnership with Durham Univesity. These activities are helping to lift the
aspirations of students and prepare them for the world of work.
Ashton Community Science College
Students are guided on to the appropriate courses. Those who studied
vocational courses within college and under partnership arrangements
make good progress in their learning . In 2012 no students were not in
education, employment or training when they left yr11
What Ofsted have said:
• Whitworth Park School and 6th Form
– College students are guided well on how to successfully
progress to their next stage of education, employment or
training. Students say careers advice is useful.
• Fairfield High School
– Students receive excellent information, advice and guidance,
including careers advice, throughout their time at school. In
2013, almost all students progressed successfully to their next
stage of their education, training or employment. This is
consistent with previous years
• Ounsdale High School
– The school makes sure students receive appropriate
independent advice to help them prepare for their next steps in
education training or employment
What Ofsted have said:
• In reports that have taken place from 1st April
the following has been reported, however it
has been reported under ‘Leadership and
Management’ and not under ‘Achievement of
What Ofsted have said:
• Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate Girls School
(1st – 2nd April 2014 )
– Students in all years, including sixth form, are offered
a most appropriate, broad and rich range of subjects
and activities. The rich provision for extra curricular
activities makes a major contribution to the students’
academic and personal achievement. It is rare for a
student to leave without a place in employment,
training or education. The growing number of
students successfully gaining admission to top
universities, including Oxbridge colleges, bears
testimony to the success of the school and the
expectations staff have of their students.
What Ofsted have said:
• Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate Boys
School ( 1st -2nd April 2014) :
– The range of subjects and courses available meets
students learning needs well as a result of very
careful consideration given to the changes to the
courses available. The high quality of guidance on
various future pathways prepares students well
for higher education or the world of employment
What Ofsted have said:
• The Nuneaton Academy (6-7 March 2014)
– Careers Education is improving and there are
regular ‘Lifeskills’ and guidance sessions from
form tutors. All yr 11 students have independent
advice from external careers advice service.
Students on vocational courses also undertake
work experience which prepares them well for the
next step in their careers.
What Ofsted have said about Sixth
Form Colleges
• Ofsted report on Careers in the Outcomes for
Learners section of the report.
• Stockton Sixth form College (18-21st March
– An increasingly high proportion of students move
onto university courses on completion of their courses
and, in 2013, as a result of a helpful focus and good
links with other providers, 28 students took up
apprenticeships after their college courses. All
completing students in 2013 had a positive
destination to either further or higher education or
What Ofsted have said about Sixth
Form Colleges
• John Leggott Sixth Form College (25th – 28th
March 2014)
– Many students obtain useful additional
qualifications and some gain valuable work place
experience. Careers and University advice and
guidance are well developed.
Careers Guidance and Inspiration in
Schools:- Published April 2014
• A close reading of the documents makes it
clear that the statutory duty to ensure that all
pupils are provided with ‘independent careers
guidance’ . This can be met by involving a
range of employers and further/ higher
education providers in a programme of
activities related to the school
Careers Guidance and Inspiration in
• The role of the professional careers advisor is
given minimal attention; employers are
expected to provide ‘advice and guidance’ but
teachers are not; the concept of careers
education is ignored.
• On quality assurance, there is no visible
reference to the Careers Development
Institute, and the Quality in Careers Standard
is not mentioned at all

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