Careers guidance in education

Educational settings, like schools and colleges, have a statutory obligation to provide careers guidance through their curriculum that develops necessary skills, personal qualities, knowledge, understanding and attitudes to help you prepare for the world of work and for life.

This applies to:

  • all students in school from Year 8 to Year 13
  • all students in college up to and including the age of eighteen.
  • students aged up to twenty-five with a current education, health, and care plan in place.

Each setting has a unique approach to careers education, based on the unique circumstances and context of the educational environment.

The video below explains what good careers guidance should look like.

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Careers guidance for students with SEND

The video below explains what good careers guidance for students with SEND (Special Educational Needs and Disabilities) should look like.

For young people with SEND this should look like:

  • Considering the widest range of career options
  • Raising aspirations of students, their families, and staff to start from the presumption of paid work
  • Increase authentic and meaningful employer encounters
  • Differentiate careers activities as appropriate
  • Ensure careers (personal) guidance is differentiated and Careers Advisers’ skills are developed

Last reviewed: December 11, 2023 by Jenny

Next review due: June 11, 2024

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