CEC report on careers and enterprise provision

The Careers and Enterprise Company have released their new research report ‘State of the Nation 2017: Careers and enterprise provision in England’s schools’ which gives a comprehensive picture of schools’ careers and enterprise provision.

Almost 600 schools in England took part in the research by using the CEC’s ‘Compass’ tool which enables schools to anonymously evaluate how well they are doing against the Gatsby benchmarks, the internationally recognised eight good practice benchmarks of careers provision. These include providing students with first-hand experience of the workplace, linking curriculum learning with the world of work and the use of local labour market information to tailor careers strategy and planning.

The headline findings were:

1. The Gatsby Benchmarks offer a demanding but achievable standard for schools’ careers and enterprise provision. The overwhelming majority of schools (79.4%) achieve at least one Benchmark and most (51.0%) achieve at least two.

2. Some Benchmarks are easier to achieve than others. The range of achievement is between 4.2% of schools fully achieving Benchmark 1 (a stable careers programme) to 45.9% fully achieving Benchmark 8 (personal guidance).

3. Current provision in schools typically falls short of the standard set by the Gatsby Benchmarks. 20.6% of schools are not achieving any Benchmarks and on average schools are only meeting 1.87 (out of 8) of the Benchmarks.

4. A more detailed look reveals that many schools are partially meeting the Benchmarks. On average schools are meeting around 50% of the indicators that make up the Benchmarks and manage to achieve or partially achieve 6.4 out of 8 Benchmarks. In many cases there are a small number of things that schools could do to boost the number of Benchmarks that they are achieving.

5. There is evidence of improvement since the original Gatsby survey in 2014. Schools in 2016/2017 are achieving an average of half a Benchmark more than they were in 2014/2015 (1.87 versus
1.34). The proportion of schools not achieving any Benchmarks has fallen by one third from 31% to 21%. The proportion of schools achieving half the Benchmarks has more than doubled from 6% to 16%. There were also some schools achieving six, seven or eight of the Benchmarks in 2016/2017 while the best schools in 2014/2015 were only achieving five Benchmarks.

Read the full report here