Careers guidance


Secondary school alumni networks

3 May 2017

The charity Future First helps schools to set up and run effective alumni networks with the aim of boosting aspirations and supporting students. Christine Gilbert explains how


Careers advice: Lessons from top female role-models

22 March 2017

Lessons in ambition – what did Edwina Dunn learn from interviewing 60 of the world’s most accomplished women? She explains more about The Female Lead project and its free education resources


Introducing the Industrial Cadets

15 March 2017

The Industrial Cadets initiative offers young people key skills and career insights in STEM industries. Penny Tysoe explains


Creating long-term, sustainable employer partnerships

18 January 2017

Careers guidance and curriculum learning should go hand-in-hand. Drawing on his work with the Unlocking Talent & Potential initiative, Gerard Liston advises on effective curriculum-careers links and employer partnerships


Are your students employable?

18 January 2017

Employer and employability expert Duncan Cheatle says businesses increasingly want to see skills, such as ‘the right attitude’, ahead of academic results. He considers the role of schools in developing these


Meet the STEM Ambassadors

30 November 2016

The STEM Ambassador programme is a free resource offering industry expertise and support to schools across the country to help them engage their students in STEM study. Gill Collinson explains how it works and how you can get involved


An update from the Careers & Enterprise Company

30 November 2016

?The government has funded the creation of the Careers & Enterprise Company in a bid to answer that age-old careers question – just how can we bring education and employers together effectively. We invited CEO Claudia Harris to update us on their work so far


Careers guidance: Talking digital careers

12 October 2016

The huge growth in digital careers means it is vital that teachers, parents and students all understand what options are out there. School leader Bernie Furey explains some of the steps her school has taken in this regard


Alumni networks planned for 12,000 students

15 June 2016

The charity Future First is leading on a project to deliver ‘old school tie’ alumni networks for 12,000 students in the South West of England. Christine Gilbert explains more




Engaging with students at risk of becoming NEET

27 April 2016

How can schools inspire key stage 4 students who can’t see the value of going to school or getting good grades – and who risk becoming NEET? Dr Susie Bamford outlines some successful strategies


Boosting students’ interest in STEM

20 April 2016

The Your Life campaign’s Tough Choices report highlights the issue of declining interest in STEM as students get older and looks to inspire schools and industry to tackle the problem. Rhiannon Thomas explains


Factors influencing careers advice and work experience

13 April 2016

Research into young people’s aspirations and the careers information they receive has unearthed worrying findings about the factors that influence whether pupils get effective careers advice and work experience. Professor Louise Archer and Emily MacLeod explain


Fostering aspirations for all students

13 April 2016

It is not a lack of aspiration in working class families that prevents their children from achieving, but a lack of knowledge and access. Karen Sullivan explains


Supporting better business to school links

16 March 2016

How do we consistently and effectively connect schools and business to offer pupils useful careers insights and advice? The latest government attempt to solve this challenge is the independent Careers and Enterprise Company. CEO Claudia Harris outlines the practical ways schools can get involved


Case study: Careers and SEN pupils

14 October 2015

Making a successful transition from school to paid employment can be a challenge for students with SEN. Annie Grant visits a project that is helping them to break into the world of work


Careers advice: A helping hand

4 June 2015

Why is careers guidance in schools so important and how can it be improved? Dawn Baker introduces a new free careers advice hub aimed at learners who want to follow vocational pathways


The six capabilities for work

21 May 2015

What can schools do to help students to be ‘ready for work’ when they leave? Drawing on recent research, Jenny North offers some advice and discusses the ‘six essential capabilities’ that students need


What makes work experience effective?

30 April 2015

What makes for an effective work experience placement? Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the findings of recent research into overcoming common barriers to placements and innovative approaches.





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.

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