The Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS) continues to thrive, with more than a thousand institutions now either holding or working towards the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG).
A recent article by Paul Chubb, the director of the QiCS Consortium, describes the benefits of this award and the recent changes in its delivery.
From our discussions with the Department for Education and other bodies, we understand the government will publish its all-age careers strategy in October and revised guidance for schools in the new year. Current guidance urges schools and colleges to consider QiCS; we believe the revised guidance will carry the same message and, quite possibly, with greater emphasis.
And there is a new statutory requirement for schools to inform pupils about apprenticeship options, and the DfE explains this in a recent briefing to our members.
Our specialist advisor Siôn Humphreys represents NAHT on the QiCS Consortium board, and he is available to discuss matters relating to QiCS with members. Get in touch by email firstname.lastname@example.org.