Just how can schools deliver an effective careers education programme, offering real-life experiences for students and developing key employability skills? A debate earlier this term sought to answer this question. SecEd editor Pete Henshaw looks at some of the suggestions

Schools should be brave with their curriculum design, putting skills at its centre and should even consider “co-producing” their curricula with local employers if we are to effectively prepare students for the careers ahead of them.

However, the future of careers education is not just in the hands of schools and employers and we will never overcome the current challenges unless the government’s accountability systems begin to value this kind of work.

These two calls to action came during a best practice debate centring on how we can bring together business and education to deliver effective careers guidance and experiences to young people.

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