Q8. How does your school ensure that all pupils have access to the personal guidance they require to help them make informed career decisions?
Why is this important?
It can be difficult for schools to manage a process of commissioning expert career guidance because they do not always understand how to quality assure this type of activity. The Career Development Institute has a register of practitioners which can help to overcome this problem and will ensure that those appointed are not only trained appropriately but keep up to date with the latest developments in practice.
Alternatively, increasing numbers of schools are developing their own staff to become qualified career guidance practitioners and some are employing qualified people to manage their career guidance provision across the school
What strategic questions should you ask the senior leadership team about providing access to personal guidance
- How is personal career guidance organised in your school?
- What training is provided for those who deliver personal guidance in your school?
- What careers guidance qualifications are held and by whom?
- How does the school quality assure personal career guidance?
Case study of good practice
Essential resources to support your school to achieve this Benchmark?
- The Career Development Institute (CDI), which is the professional association for career guidance practitioners, supports the quality of personal career guidance through individual membership and registration of practitioners. The CDI has produced several documents, guides and resources to help schools to provide quality personal career guidance to pupils including information on good practice when commissioning personal career guidance from external providers.
Other questions in Careers
- Q1. How does your school develop, manage and implement its careers programme?
- Q2. How does your school provide opportunities for pupils to learn from career and labour market information?
- Q3. How does your school address the career guidance needs of each pupil?
- Q4. How do teaching staff in your school link curriculum learning to careers?
- Q5. How does your school ensure that pupils have multiple encounters with employers and employees which enrich their understanding of working practices?
- Q6. How does your school ensure that pupils receive relevant experiences of work places to help them to make career decisions?
- Q7. How does your school ensure that pupils receive relevant encounters with further and higher education and work-based learning providers to help them make career decisions about future learning options?