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The DfE releases updated statutory careers guidance for schools and colleges

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The Department has released revised statutory careers guidance for schools and colleges. The update is intended to provide more information on the new requirements that came into force in September 2018, whereby schools and colleges must:

  • publish information about their careers programme on their website
  • name their careers leader and publish their contact details on their website.

The guidance also provides more information about the roles and responsibilities of the careers leaders, alongside signposting to resources and support that is available to help individuals in this new role.

The guidance also includes details about The Career & Enterprise Company's new SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit, which provides advice for schools and colleges on how their careers programme can support children and young people with SEND.

Alongside the revised guidance, the Department has released new 'destination measures good practice guidance'. The new resource is intended to support understanding around what destinations data is, what destination measures are (that are included in performance tables), and how they can both be used to improve careers provision and outcomes for young people in a school.

NAHT has been involved in discussions with the Department to try to ensure that the strategy and guidance could work for schools, and that any revisions reflect NAHT's view that all schools' contribution to the career's strategy must be reasonable, clearly defined, well-funded and appropriately resourced. We will continue to lobby the DfE on this point on behalf of our members. 

First published 17 October 2018