Press release

NFER calls for action as evidence reinforces findings of Ofsted report on careeers guidance

11 September 2013

The National Foundation for Educational Research (NFER) today (11 September 2013) calls on the Government, careers professionals, schools, further education providers and employers to work together to find an effective and workable solution to significantly improve the quality and consistency of careers guidance for all young people in schools.

This follows the publication of a paper, Careers guidance: If not an annual careers plan then what? published today on the NFER website, that recognises the challenges, highlighted by Ofsted in its report on careers guidance in schools, published yesterday (10 September 2013).

In the paper, author Tami McCrone, a research director at NFER, argues that in the current economic climate and global marketplace, it is vital to invest in effective careers education and guidance for all young people, especially at a time when there are nearly one million young people not in education, employment or training (NEET).

She said: “We believe that NFER has a critical and unique role to play in supporting the key parties involved in coming together to formulate a practical way forward for the implementation of high quality careers guidance, and to enable each school to monitor, evaluate and review its success. We will be exploring this in the coming weeks”.

The paper highlights the findings of NFER research that shows that while some schools are already providing access to high quality independent and impartial careers guidance we need: consistency across all schools; a coherent strategy for careers provision; for transparency of information about provision (to the benefit of young people and their parents); and for scrutiny of that information developed collectively by all parties, would help facilitate this.

The paper, Careers Guidance: If not an annual careers plan – then what? cites NFER research evidence that demonstrates, for example, the need for:

The full paper, Careers Guidance: If not an annual careers plan – then what? can be found here.
It is the latest in the series of policy papers NFER Thinks, What the evidence tells us.

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Contact information
Sarah Fleming, NFER Media & Communications Officer: 01753 637155; s.fleming@nfer.ac.uk
Jane Parrack, NFER Marketing & Communications Manager: 01753 637245;j.parrack@nfer.ac.uk
Diana Watson, SMI Director: 01753 637167; d.watson@nfer.ac.uk

Note to editors
Since 2012, schools have been required to secure access to independent and impartial careers guidance for young people in their schools from years 9 to 11 (extended to years 8 to 13 from September 2013). At the same time schools are no longer required to provide careers education or work-related learning.

Careers Guidance: If not an annual careers plan – then what? is the latest in the series of policy papers NFER Thinks, What the evidence tells us. It is authored by expert Tami McCrone is a Research Director in NFER’s Impact Team with a wide range of experience, spanning over 10 years, in managing research projects and evaluations on aspects of education. Her particular interests include 14 to 19 education; careers education and guidance; young people not in education, employment or training (NEET); the transition from education to employment and school improvement. Prior to joining NFER Tami worked in a FE college where she provided pastoral support to young people as well as teaching.

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