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Let’s show more respect for non-academic training and education

Some things in life are inevitable: swallows migrating; dodgy bank holiday weather; toast falling butter-side down. Also inevitable is the release of the A-level and GCSE results being followed by a swarm of media pundits arguing about educational standards, and schools boasting about the number of their students who have gained university places. In 2001,… Read more »



Every school to have a careers leader?

It’s looking more and more likely that the long-awaited government career strategy will be published in the next couple of months, and that the new statutory guidance will follow early in 2018. The Career Management Quality Alliance (a new sector-wide body who represent Assessment Services Ltd, the Career Development Institute (CDI), Careers England and the… Read more »



Preparing for the new term – key things to consider for your careers provision this autumn

The Y11s have left, the Y13s have gone. Time to put your feet up? Not quite. If you’re involved in career guidance or careers leadership in schools or colleges, the summer term might well include some time for reflection: analysing student feedback, reviewing activities and pondering what worked the previous year. The cycle of supporting… Read more »


The importance of time management skills

When I worked on What Employers Want, the UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) provided a fund of useful information. The thirty commissioners who lead this social partnership include business leaders
 and heads of further and higher education institutions from across the UK. ‘The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) works with industry and… Read more »



Is medicine the course for you?

Only around 40% of applicants for medicine are successful in gaining places. Does this mean that the remaining 60% were unsuitable? The answer, of course, is no. Many of those who are rejected are extremely strong candidates, with high grades at GCSE and AS under their belts and the personalities and qualities that would make them into excellent doctors. There… Read more »


Writing your personal statement when applying for Business and Economics

You’ve decided that Business & Economics is the course for you, you have managed to whittle down your choices to your top five and are in the process of writing your UCAS application. Probably the most important part of your application is your personal statement. You are introducing yourself to the people that may be… Read more »