ASCL comment on inquiry into careers education

Geoff Barton, General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders, comments on the Education Select Committee’s inquiry into careers education.
“We’re pleased that the Education Select Committee is launching an inquiry into careers education, and particularly whether there is adequate funding to support this important provision.
“The government dismantled the national network of careers guidance for young people about 10 years ago and asked schools to pick up the pieces without providing any resources.
“It has subsequently tried to paper over the cracks with piecemeal approaches that do not add up to a coherent national strategy.
“It is abundantly clear that investment is needed in the provision of independent and expert careers advice that can be utilised by schools and colleges to the benefit of young people, and particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
“We look forward to seeing the report and recommendations of the Education Select Committee at the conclusion of its inquiry.”