Most schools ‘have reduced careers advice’ in past year

Careers advice has been reduced in more than eight out of 10 schools in England in the past year, research suggests. A survey of professional careers advisers working in 1,500 secondary schools reveals “dramatic reductions” in the amount of professional careers guidance on offer. This is from the BBC…

Schools took over the duty to secure independent careers guidance for their pupils from September 2012.

The government says schools should decide what was right for them.

The Careers England research was undertaken because of widespread fears about the impact of the change brought about by the Education Act 2011 in England. Previously local authorities provided careers services to schools mainly through local Connexions Service.

The trade organisation asked a company to survey all 21 of its full members online in October about the careers services they have been providing to schools over the academic years 2011-12 and 2012-13

The results showed the level of careers advice has been maintained in only 16.5% of the 1,568 schools covered in the survey.

Careers England said this meant that 83.5% of schools had reduced provision.

Chairman of the Careers England board Steve Stewart said 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.”

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