Careers talks ‘boost GCSE results’

Encounters with the world of work have a positive impact on young people’s GCSE results – with lower achievers and the less engaged benefiting the most, new research suggests. Tes reports.

A report from charity Education and Employers indicates that participation in career talks can change the attitudes of key stage 4 pupils to their education.

The study found that of those who had three extra careers talks, 7 per cent changed their future plans, while 28 per cent said it made them question their career choices.

Dr Elnaz Kashefpakdel, the charity’s head of research, said: “Our previous findings have demonstrated the positive impact of connecting young people to the world of work, especially for those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

The study involved 647 pupils in their GCSE year across five schools in England.

Researchers divided them into two groups, one of which received three extra careers talks by employee volunteers on top of the usual career activities organised by their school.

Students in that group reported, on average, a 9 per cent increase in their weekly revision hours, compared with the group without extra talks. And those predicted to achieve a borderline pass in English GCSE reported a 32 per cent increase in planned weekly revision hours, whereas those predicted to get grades 6 to 9 reported a 10 per cent increase.

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