Careers co-ordinators in schools
The main aim of the research is to inform the development of a new careers co-ordinator qualification. DCSF’s needs are for detailed insights into current practice, an estimation of potential demand for a new careers coordinator qualification and recommendations and guidance to inform its development. In particular, the DCSF wish to develop:
- a fuller understanding of the competences required in the role
- a more detailed profile of those currently in post
- an understanding of the school context within which CEG is embedded.
Impact and outcomes
The research will underpin the development of a new national qualification for careers coordinators. Two main reports are envisaged:
- a report for higher education institutions (HEIs) that presents a clear outline of the required focus, content, level and preferred teaching approach (or approaches) for the new modules
- a detailed thematic research report for DCSF, including a view of the competencies and skills used and/or needed by careers coordinators, perceptions about the barriers and enablers relating to the take-up of existing qualifications and views on the scale of the demand for a new modular qualification.
In addition, the ongoing research study and its outcomes will be publicised widely through professional associations such as the Association for Careers Education (ACEG) and the Institute of Career Guidance (ICG), through the Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Support Programme website as well as the NFER, NICEC and CRAC websites and through at least one research seminar organised by CRAC.
Research design and methods
The research design will comprise three separate strands of data collection.
- Strand 1 will build on our existing knowledge of the qualifications market, summarised in the directory compiled annually by David Andrews of NICEC, and augment it through targeted telephone interviews with course providers, funders and users.
- Strand 2 will be a series of exploratory and in-depth case studies in a purposive sample of 18 secondary schools. The aim of the strand is to collect qualitative data on the perceptions and experiences of senior managers and others (including careers coordinators or guidance staff) on the current status and model of delivery of CEG in schools and to obtain insights into the role of the careers coordinator.
- Strand 3 will be a questionnaire survey sent to careers coordinators in a representative sample of secondary schools. The main focus of this strand is to identify the current profile of careers coordinators in schools, including their relative levels of CEG training and qualifications, in order to ascertain the possible nature and scale of demand for, and content of, the proposed new careers coordinator qualifications.
The main audiences for different elements of this study will be:
- policy makers at DCSF and the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA)
- course providers, including those at HEIs and other validating bodies
- local authority and careers services that fund staff training
- professional associations