How the Quality in Careers Standard can support you to develop and celebrate good practice in CEIAG provision.

The process of working towards, and achieving the national Quality in Careers Standard will definitely help any institution to develop, improve and celebrate good practice. There will be scrutiny of what is already happening, a celebration of what is good, and reorganisation of anything that isn't of benefit to students. The route to success requires evidence of a structured policy, underpinning careers education and work-related learning programme, and embedded quality careers guidance.

The Government recommends that all schools should work towards the national Quality in Careers Standard:

  • As an effective means of carrying out a self-review and evaluation of the school's programme. (Careers guidance and inspiration in schools: statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff: April 2017)
  • To support the development of a world-class careers programme for all their young people. (Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents: December 2017)

Prospects is a Licensed Awarding Body, authorised to act on behalf of the Quality in Careers Standard consortium to assess and accredit schools, colleges and work-based learning organisations against the national Quality in Careers Standard. 

Working towards and achieving the national Quality in Careers Standard will give CEIAG a higher profile and increase the involvement of senior managers and, especially governors. The statutory duty for securing access to careers guidance is required of governors as well as school and college leaders and staff. Any institution holding the Quality in Careers Standard may be in a better position to make a successful bid for external funding.

Some commentators have argued that institutions who evidence that they "take careers learning seriously" by achieving the standard can claim a related improvement in attainment and attendance – this may be because students are able to make the links between classroom achievement and successful learning and career outcomes. (For example the report; Advancing Ambitions from the Sutton Trust).

Achievement of the standard demonstrates to those outside the institution, including OfSTED that a high standard has been reached, with positive, measurable outcomes for students and an outstanding contribution to their personal development and future learning and careers. Achievement of the standard will also provide an opportunity to prove to students, their parents / carers, and to employers that there is a quality structure in place to support transition into adult life and that their future is important to the school/college.

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