CEIAG in Labour’s Skills Taskforce Policy Review

Released today was a document that sets the recommendations for 14-19 education that the Labour shadow cabinet will consider when writing their 2015 election manifesto. It has a substantial section dedicated to CEIAG for this age group at point 4.2

There are 3 final recommendations:

6) A responsibility on schools to track the destinations of all students, and an element

funding conditional on passing learners onto the next stage of their education or
training post-16
(7) LEPS to broker high quality and independent Information Advice and Guidance (IAG)
locally, working with schools and employers, supported by funding withheld from
schools who fail to secure a next step in education or training for their pupils
(8) A new statutory responsibility for schools and colleges to collaborate with one
another to share resources, build opportunities for young people and deliver a
comprehensive upper secondary framework, including a Tech Bacc for vocational
learners

Initial Thoughts

The Careers community that has been so aghast with the Coalition’s policy in this area that removes Careers guidance professionals from the equation and relies solely on the input from Business will find much heart from the paragraphs that maintain the importance of independent IAG input. The reliance on NEET outcomes to maintain funding does cause me a pause as individual school NEET statistics are volatile (percentages can be based on very small numbers of individuals by school). A check on the attendance of ex students on 1st November could gain very different results from exactly the same check carried out two weeks later. The NEET population isn’t a stagnant blob of youngsters, learners are constantly moving off and into training, learning or employment outcomes so it would need to be measured in a considered way not for it to be open to manipulation. The LEPs idea will please the Association of Colleges as it closely resembles their “careers hub” proposal.

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4 comments

  1. The way in which many schools have responded to the RPA legislation leaves a lot to be desired also. Many pupils are left with the impression they must continue in school post GCSE year.
    I’ve changed my business model to cope with demand for careers advice. It probably isn’t a bad thing that I have…

    1. I take it from that, that you’ve seen a big increase in demand for the level 6 careers qualification as schools and sole traders take on their responsibility under the statutory requirement?

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