The DfE issued new guidance on March 2016. The updated version released in April 2017 is substantially the same document, the only revision concerning the changing status of the Quality in Careers Standard (paragraph 67).
This now reads:
'The quality of the school careers programme. The Government recommends that all schools should work towards the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and external evaluation of the school’s programme – this is the Quality in Careers Standard.'
The recommendation that schools should seek validation remains the same. The change is that the twelve separate awards have been replaced by the single QiCS award. The twelve organisations previously offering awards have all agreed to work within the new arrangements. Full details of this are to be found at http://www.qualityincareers.org.uk/
NAHT is actively involved in this initiative, sitting on its board and participating in validation meetings. Members whose schools have yet to engage with QiCS are advised to consider doing so. Sion Humphreys, specialist advisor at NAHT, is available to discuss this if required (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NAHT has sought clarification from the DfE regarding future guidance documents in this field. We have been informed that the DfE intends 'to publish a careers strategy and substantive update to the guidance later this year.'
Page Published: 18/04/2017