Ofsted report on enterprise education published

The Getting Ready for Work report from Ofsted was published today. This examines how secondary schools are preparing young people for the world of work through enterprise education and work-related learning. It looks at how schools are working with local businesses and also looks in detail at the way apprenticeship programmes are promoted in schools…. Read more »

New proposals put employers at the heart of technical education

The government has today published a bill that is intended to improve the quality of technical and further education for young people. The Further Education and Technology Bill includes the following proposals: Boosting technical education to make sure it’s high quality and responds to employers – including the proposal to extend the role of the Institute for… Read more »

Joint statement on improving careers support for everyone released

The CDI, Careers England, the matrix Standard and Quality in Careers Standard have released a statement on the joint report of the Education, Skills and the Economy Sub-Committee of the Business, Innovation and Skills and Education Committees, published in July 2016 – looking at the Government’s plans to publish a new strategy for improving careers support… Read more »

New white paper on HE aimed at allowing universities to deliver choice and opportunity for students

The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has announced plans that are designed to allow more young people to have the opportunity to access a high-quality university education and secure a graduate job. Following a consultation launched in November 2015, BIS has published Success as a Knowledge Economy: Teaching Excellence, Social Mobility and Student Choice – the White… Read more »

DfE departmental plan: preparing young people for adult life

The DfE departmental plan 2015 to 2020 tracks the department’s progress towards achieving its priority objectives. The plan highlights three overarching objectives for achievement during this parliament, the third of these is that young people should be prepared for adult life: All 19-year-olds should complete school or college with the skills and character to contribute to… Read more »

DfE: where next for careers education and guidance?

Education and Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has been speaking at recent events about the DfE’s plans for the future of careers education and guidance. His speech to the Westminster Employment Forum on the 3rd December included some of the following key points: I am pleased that my presence here today reflects the Department for Education’s… Read more »

Ofsted report on apprenticeships: developing skills for future prosperity

Ofsted’s new report finds that not enough apprenticeships are providing advanced, professional skills in the sectors that need them most. Here’s a summary of the key findings: The quality of the apprenticeship provision was too variable and often poor. The growth in apprenticeships in the last eight years has not focused sufficiently on the sectors with skills… Read more »