Colleges have a legal requirement to provide all college students with guidance materials and a wide range of up-to-date reference materials relating to careers education and career opportunities, as per section 45 of the Education Act 1997.
Changes made to this guidance include:
• Bringing together the statutory guidance for schools and the guidance for colleges on careers guidance into a single document;
• New section to bring the key points for governors and senior leaders into one place;
• Text added to describe the range of support made available by the department, particularly through The Careers & Enterprise Company and the National Careers Service, to help schools and colleges achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks;
• New paragraphs explaining the importance of the skills and technical education reforms set out in the department’s white paper, ‘Skills for Jobs: Lifelong Learning for Opportunity and Growth’ and how schools and colleges should highlight the opportunities these reforms will create for students;
• Text added to make it clear that schools and colleges should not promote HE as a better or more favourable route than FE and apprenticeships; and should inform students when evidence suggests that courses they are considering lead to poor career outcomes;
• Changes to reflect the coverage of careers guidance in Ofsted’s Education Inspection Framework, published in 2019 and Ofsted’s school inspection handbook, updated in June 2020;
• References to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and how schools and colleges can adapt their careers provision
Summary of requirements on colleges under this statutory guidance:
- Every college should appoint a named Careers Leader who has the skills, commitment and backing from their senior leadership team, including protected time that enables the Careers Leader to carry out the role effectively.
- Colleges must name their Careers Leader and publish their contact details on the website.
- Every college must publish details of their careers programme for young people and their parents.
- Every college should ensure that 16-18 year olds and 19-25 year olds with an EHC plan are provided with independent careers guidance.
- Every college should be using the Gatsby Benchmarks to develop a careers programme that
increases opportunities for students to access everything from experiences of the workplace
and personal guidance with a careers adviser, to engagement with training providers and universities.
- Colleges should collect and maintain accurate data for each pupil on their education, training or