Careers and Higher Education


Case study: Enterprise education

12 March 2015

How can schools promote entrepreneurial skills among its students? Fathima Anwari discusses some of the strategies used at Mount Grace School


Six crucial careers questions

5 February 2015

How can schools start a meaningful dialogue with students about careers? Jim Carrick-Birtwell lists six questions every student should be asked.


Careers Guidance: Guaranteed

29 January 2015

The Association of College’s Careers Guidance: Guaranteed campaign is calling for local careers hubs to help improve careers IAG for secondary students. Richard Atkins explains.


Boosting your students’ social mobility

22 January 2015

Focusing on a social mobility strategy as a school can bring about improvements in culture, ethos and attainment. Richard Gould discusses the challenge of social mobility before offering some practical guidance and ideas for schools.


Four vital enterprise skills for your students

9 October 2014

Entrepreneurship expert Carly Ward considers the challenge facing schools in preparing students for the modern world of work – and describes the four key entrepreneurship skills that teachers must instil in young people.


Advice on tackling the STEM divide

25 September 2014

The gender divide has long cast a shadow over the STEM industries. Vincent English discusses why increasing the number of women in physics is so crucial and offers his advice on what schools can do to engage more girls with the subject.


Inspiring students to take STEM further

18 September 2014

Many students think that careers in STEM are only for A* candidates. Physiology lecturer Tom Warrender discusses the range of options available and offers some ideas for inspiring all students to take their STEM studies further.



Teaching employability skills

11 September 2014

Every one of Congleton High School’s leavers in 2013 are now in education, employment or training. Executive principal David Hermitt explains how the schools focuses on teaching students the skills needed for today’s workplace.


Eight key skills to embed in the curriculum

19 June 2014

The recent Learning Curve report identified eight skills that are crucial to young people’s future success. Phil Parker argues that all eight must be embedded across the curriculum.


A clear strategy for careers advice

5 June 2014

A number of reports and investigations have highlighted on-going problems with careers advice and guidance. Marion Plant discusses how her schools and colleges work to offer students impartial and wide-ranging advice about their futures.


Are they prepared for uni?

22 May 2014

Much is said about a school’s role in preparing students for the trials of university life. We asked first year university student Jess Elliott to consider how well prepared she was by her school experience.


Industrial cadets

8 May 2014

Backed by the Prince of Wales, the Industrial Cadets scheme gives students an insight into the range of careers found in UK industry. Penny Tysoe explains.


Ensuring your careers strategy is effective

1 May 2014

Tami McCrone takes a look at how a new partnership is giving schools clear, practical support to help improve their careers advice services, including the resources to undertake a careers services audit.




Using mentoring to raise student aspirations

30 January 2014

The Brightside mentoring programme helps to raise students’ aspirations when it comes to careers and higher education. One of its early supporters was Imperial College London, which still embraces the vital role of mentoring today. Annalisa Alexander expl


Starting an alumni network for your school

5 December 2013

Alumni networks can bring huge benefits to schools, but not many spend the time to develop them. Alex Shapland-Howes argues why schools should, and offers some advice.


Four steps to choosing your university

21 November 2013

With 189 higher education institutions offering thousands of courses, deciding on which option to take can be difficult for students. Owen O’Neill offers some advice.


Plagiarism pitfalls: Preparing your students

7 November 2013

Plagiarism is a real danger for students progressing to university. Dr Cath Ellis looks at what universities expect from students, while Gill Rowell considers how schools can design course assignments to teach key essay skills and steer students away from


Closing the gender gap by empowering female students

10 October 2013

The gender gap is still a major issue in today’s workplaces. Headteacher of an all girls’ school, Sarah Raffray, says giving girls the confidence to break through the glass ceiling begins at an early age. She shares her five tips for empowering your femal


The Girls' Network: Supporting disadvantaged girls

3 October 2013

A mentoring scheme for disadvantaged girls has won £10,000 in Teach First’s Innovation Awards. Charlotte Young and Becca Dean discuss why they are targeting these students and offer advice for schools.


Tips to enhance your careers guidance provision

26 September 2013

With the recent criticism of careers guidance in schools, award-winning careers advisor Susan Burke, who runs a free resource for teachers and students, offers her tips on enhancing your careers provision.


Introducing Traineeships

12 September 2013

The government’s new programme of pre-Apprenticeship course – called Traineeships – are aimed at boosting youth employability skills. David Grailey explains.

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