Careers guidance

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.


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.


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.


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.


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

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