Higher education

A menu of careers education ideas for schools

3 July 2019

Schools must meet the Gatsby Benchmarks by the end of 2020. Rosie Beach and Glenys Hart offer a menu of strategies and activities to help you fulfil your statutory careers advice duties



Character education: Raising aspirations

3 October 2018

We cannot force aspiration onto students. This year in SecEd, Matt Bawden will be looking at how we can encourage aspiration naturally, and the role that character education can play


Careers education: Going above and beyond

26 September 2018

The Greenwood Academies Trust has implemented a programme of careers education and inspiration that goes above and beyond the statutory requirements. Sian Gresswell explains


Getting careers advice right

9 May 2018

Using the Careers Strategy and the Gatsby Benchmarks as a starting point, Thomas Keble School has developed a wealth of careers education activities to support their students. Joyce Rendell explains


Pupil Premium: Raising university aspirations

21 March 2018

Raising the university aspirations of high potential Pupil Premium students is a specific challenge for some schools. Holly Henderson discusses her approach to raising students’ goals and aspirations


Careers and the curriculum

7 February 2018

The government has published its long-awaited careers strategy and updated statutory guidance. Drawing on his work with the Unlocking Talent & Potential initiative, Gerard Liston looks at strategies to help us meet the new requirements



Preparing for the Russell Group

3 January 2018

Many schools will have students aiming to study at a Russell Group university. Drawing on some new and free resources for schools, Nick Hull and Robin Barrs advise on how we can best prepare them for the challenges that lie ahead


What are Degree Apprenticeships?

8 November 2017

Degree vs Apprenticeships? How about both? Petra Wilton argues the case for the emerging pathway of the Degree Apprenticeship


Careers advice: Reflecting on the challenges we face

21 June 2017

The challenges facing careers advice are well documented. Andy Gardner looks at the main problems and considers how we might be able to provide all pupils with effective information, advice and guidance



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


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


Using Shakespeare to support your pupils

13 April 2016

Shakespeare is not just the domain of English lessons and can be used to tackle a wealth of issues across school life. Drawing on the work, resources and expertise of Shakespeare’s Globe, Georghia Ellinas explains more


Higher education: The ROAR Programme

20 January 2016

Raising the aspirations of high-ability pupils, especially those who are also disadvantaged, is a key priority. This of course includes fostering university and perhaps Russell Group ambitions. Phil Denton introduces his approach – The ROAR Programme



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.


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.

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