Work experience

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


Careers education for students with SEND

3 July 2019

Effective careers advice is vital for students with SEND, who are more likely to become NEET. Jenny Bayliss explains her school’s work to offer students the best advice and experiences


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


Making new T levels a success

2 May 2018

With the introduction of T levels, the government has signalled one of the biggest shake-ups in the English qualifications system for years. Dr Claudia Sumner looks at the evidence of how schools and colleges can work with employers to provide students with effective practical experience – a key ...


Championing Apprenticeships in your school

25 April 2018

How can schools support and promote Apprenticeships as a viable route for students? Apprenticeship Champion of the Year, Sarah Barley, offers her advice and tips


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




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


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


Ready for Apprenticeship reform?

4 January 2017

How prepared are providers and employers to meet the challenges of the Apprenticeship reforms? Dorothy Lepkowska looks at the latest research findings


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



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


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

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