Gaps in careers guidance provision hit girls, minorities and the poor

Research involving 13,400 year 11 students has revealed significant gender, racial and social inequalities in careers education and work experience opportunities. Pete Henshaw reports

Girls, minority ethnic, working class and lower-attaining pupils are all “significantly less likely” to have received careers education, researchers have discovered.

Data collected from more than 13,400 young people in year 11 in England, including in-depth interviews with 70 students (and 62 parents), reveal that only 62.5 per cent have received careers education and only 44.8 per cent have undertaken work experience.

Within these statistics, researchers found significant gaps, with disadvantaged students, girls, and those from ethnic minorities more likely to be losing out.

A report summarising the findings has been published this week calling for government policy to include a focus on participation rates and asking for more support for schools to help them target specific groups of pupils.

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