Researchers to investigate state of careers education after warnings about provision for disadvantaged students

The TES is reporting that the Education Endowment Foundation is to investigate the state of careers education in light of “strong evidence” of  inadequate provision for disadvantaged students. 

The EEF and Bank of America Merrill Lynch have commissioned a review that will assess the current state of careers education and identify the most effective ways to provide this service. It aims to help schools make “informed and evidence-based decisions” about how best to prepare pupils for life after education….

The EEF review will be carried out by Dr Deidre Hughes OBE, principal research fellow at the University of Warwick’s Institute for Employment Research, and Dr Anthony Mann, director of policy and research at the Education Employers Charity.

A statement from the EEF today said: “There is strong evidence that too much careers education in England is inadequate and that the quality varies considerably by school and area.

“There is a risk that a lack of good quality careers education will disproportionately impact on students from disadvantaged backgrounds, who are perhaps less likely to have family or friends with the breadth of insight and expertise to offer informed advice, and who could be left poorly equipped in making decisions about their futures.”

Sir Kevan Collins, Chief Executive of the Education Endowment Foundation, said: “High-quality careers advice can make a real difference to young people’s outcomes after school but research suggests that its current provision in England is patchy at best.

“I’m delighted that we’re partnering with Bank of America Merrill Lynch who are offering funding, support and advice.”

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The link to the EEF press release doesn’t seem to be working but here’s more from the EEF blog: Careers education: Making your mind up


Are you confident that the research can deliver on its aim of helping schools make “informed and evidence-based decisions” about how best to prepare pupils for life after education?

What kind of decisions, in particular, are the ones where you feel further guidance is needed?

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  1. SelfLeadership1

    SchoolsImprove Much advice is about knowledge and quals for particular jobs. In a changing market it ought to be about #skills for any role

  2. andylutwyche

    SchoolsImprove What do people expect to happen when all funding for careers education is removed? It won’t get better with zero money

  3. brighton118

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove – not forgetting all the connexions/careers staff they cut & the funding for many EBP’s.2013 loads of us went☹

  4. irvingphil

    andylutwyche SchoolsImprove latest is that Ofsted are panning colleges on all the services they’ve had to cut back on due to cuts.

  5. andylutwyche

    irvingphil SchoolsImprove Genius from both DfE and Ofsted. “Bosses” seem to think that doing stuff for free is the way forward. Baffling

  6. gill_bowden

    SchoolsImprove Am doing research into girls access to HE in STEM and it seems to be a major cause of lack of progression into STEM careers

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