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

Schools can now read the much-anticipated new statutory guidance on careers guidance, which the Department for Education (DfE) issued at the beginning of January.

Based on a national strategy published the previous month, the guidance is more comprehensive than previous versions.
Structured around the eight Gatsby Benchmarks (Good Career Guidance, The Gatsby Foundation, 2014), it gives prominence to the role of employers.

However, without further funding to schools, senior leadership teams are likely to question how they are expected to fulfil the obligation to appoint a “careers leader” with the skills, time and seniority to “ with subject teachers across the school so that careers provision is embedded within the curriculum”, and how, within a couple of years, they will be able to, “...offer every young person seven encounters with employers – at least one each year from years 7 to 13”.

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