Schools and colleges


The Education Act 2011 marked a radical change in careers services for young people. Previously the Secretary of State for Education had responsibility for ensuring that young people had access to a careers service.

  • 1974 - 1994 : careers service was provided by Local Education Authorities
  • 1994 - 2001 : careers service was provided by careers providers under contract to the Secretary of State
  • 2001 - 2012 : careers service was provided by Connexions Partnerships or Local Authority Connexions Services

The Education Act 2011 transferred the responsibility to schools for securing access to independent career guidance for their students.

From September 2012 the statutory duty applied to years 9 - 11.

From September 2013 it applied to years 8 - 13 and to FE and Sixth Form colleges for students aged 16-19.

In April 2014 Revised statutory guidance was issued.

In March 2015 Further strengthened statutory guidance was issued, drawing attention to a range of specific points.

Schools are advised to consider a number of principles to ensure good practice in their planning. These include access to qualified professional expertise.

Provide face-to-face advice and guidance to build confidence and motivation. This should include consideration of the role that careers professionals can play in supporting pupils as one element of a varied careers programme

Point10. Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. March 2015

The use of online resources alone is insufficient as a way of meeting the duty.

Online tools can offer imaginative and engaging ways to encourage young people to think about the opportunities available to them. However schools should note that website access is not sufficient in itself to meet the statutory duty

Point 11. Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. March 2015

The need for independent and external advice and guidance is emphasised.

Schools can retain in-house arrangements for providing advice and guidance to pupils, but these in themselves are insufficient to meet the duty. In-house support for pupils must be combined with advice and guidance from independent and external sources to meet the school’s legal requirements.

Point 12. Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. March 2015

The role of Ofsted is made explicit.

Ofsted has been giving careers guidance a higher priority in school inspections since September 2013, taking into account how well the school delivers advice and guidance to all pupils in judging its leadership and management.

Point 13. Statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. March 2015

Quality matters

The quality standard for the guidance sector is matrix. The Career Development Institute recommends that schools and colleges should secure careers guidance services from an external provider. It recommends that only organisations with matrix accreditation should be used. This is in line with the requirements placed by BIS on providers of careers guidance to adults through the National Careers Service.

Our associates are experienced and well-qualified careers or education professionals, and all have CRB/DBS clearance.
Our guidance specialists are on the UK Register of Career Development Professionals.

We respect and value the diversity of the young people with whom we work. We are committed to ensuring equality of opportunity and to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all young people.

Our offer

Provision for students

We offer a range of CEIAG provision for students in KS3, KS4 and KS5.
We discuss your requirements with you and customise the provision you choose.
Group work tasks are designed to engage students in active learning involving their participation and contributions.

Key Stage 5 :

  • 1:1 guidance
  • Using LMI
  • Understanding Career Capital
  • Career management
  • UCAS support
  • Interview preparation
  • Which way at 18?
  • Your Personal Brand
  • The value of volunteering
  • Applying to medical school
  • Applying to a university in mainland Europe
  • Careers in the Allied Health Professions
    Psychometric testing —please ask for further details.

Key Stage 4 :

  • 1:1 guidance
  • Building your profile
  • Transferable skills
  • An introduction to career capital
  • Meet the labour market
  • Employability: what's it all about?
  • Options after GCSEs
  • Specialist subject sessions
  • Find Your Voice
  • Focus on the Future
  • Application Lab
  • Interview Lab
    Careers Fairs — designed to meet your needs

Key Stage 3 :

  • Self-awareness
  • Building confidence
  • Aiming High
  • Decision making
  • The world of Work
  • Other people
  • Find Your Voice
  • Focus on the Future
  • Action Plan for success
  • Skills Lab

Sessions for parents

  • Moving on at 14, 16 and 18
  • Career capital : how to succeed in the 21st century
  • The changing world of work

Other services

  • Consultancy services
  • INSET provision
  • Signposting for parents
  • Employer links

Optional modes of delivery

  • Whole days / half-days:groups
  • PSHE sessions : whole class
  • Daytime / twilight workshop sessions : selected groups