The importance of careers education in schools

The teaching charity Teach First have published a report (here) highlighting the importance of careers education, information, advice and guidance for all pupils, but especially pupils from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The Teach First report suggests that pupils from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds are more likely to lose out from poor careers guidance within schools.  Good careers guidance, information and advice is a key factor in the social mobility of young people and, for many young people, their understanding of careers is developed through their social capital or the people that they come into contact with socially.  For this reason it is especially important that those from less advantaged backgrounds have contact with respected professionals.  The Teach First report also concludes that the proportion of young people from less advantaged backgrounds who are NEET (not in education, employment or training) is five times higher than their wealthier peers.

Furthermore, the report calls on the government to use ‘destination data’ as an accountability measure or as a measure of the school’s success.

Both Ofsted and Nicky Morgan MP have acknowledged that careers guidance within schools is often inadequate and that there needs to be greater emphasis on developing the employability of pupils as well as ensuring that information about careers opportunities and post-16 options reaches pupils.

You can read the story in full here.

This Teach First report resonates with the work undertaken by Bridge Builders Mentoring.  At Bridge Builders our focus is on improving the social mobility and employability of young people from disadvantaged backgrounds and we are seeking to enhance the careers guidance and opportunities available for young people to ensure that they are able to fulfil their potential.

Helen Robinson