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Careers strategy 'will fail' disadvantaged pupils

The Career Development Institute (CDI), which represents careers guidance professionals, says measures in the Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, will fail to live up to its aim to improve careers advice for the most educationally disadvantaged groups of children because it only focuses on schools.

The CDI says the strategy "One of the flaws of a school-based model of careers guidance is that it assumes all young people are in school," says a CDI statement, part of its response to the consultation on the strategy. But we know that several thousand young people in England are not in a school or a college. Some have been excluded, many others are home-educated. Where do these young people, who are often the most vulnerable, go to access high-quality, impartial career guidance services and post-16 learning opportunities?"

It is asking for:

  • schools to be handed a development fund to ensure they are able to implement the improvements
  • a statutory duty placed on schools for careers education to be included in the curriculum
  • the creation of the National Careers Service website made a priority.