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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Councils welcome steps to improve careers guidance

A government pledge to improve careers guidance in schools following a critical Ofsted report has been welcomed by London Councils.


The government has said it will revise the guidance it provides for schools after significant concerns were raised about the state of careers education in Ofsted's report Going in the right direction? released on Tuesday. 


Ofsted's report makes recommendations to a number of stakeholders, including schools, the National Careers Service and employers, and confirms that careers guidance will be given a higher priority in school inspections.


London Councils, which represents London's 32 boroughs and the City of London, welcomed the government's plans to make the guidance for schools clearer and enhance the National Careers Service's role in supporting young people, schools and employers, but has called for more to be done.


Executive member for children's services and skills and employment councillor Peter John said: "The government's response to Ofsted's report and the National Careers Council's recommendations in June provides a commitment to improve the support available to schools and colleges. However, this doesn't go far enough.


"London Councils will continue to call for the National Careers Service's remit for face-to-face guidance to be expanded beyond adults and include young people not in education or employment."

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