Careers guidance

09 January 2018

The DfE has published new statutory guidance for schools on careers guidance and access for education and training providers.

In line with the commitments in the government’s careers strategy, the DfE has said that the guidance does the following:

  • Sets out what schools need to do to meet the eight Gatsby Benchmarks which define excellence in careers guidance. The DfE has said that by adopting these Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their duty to secure independent careers guidance for all Year 8 to Year 13 pupils.

  • Provides statutory guidance which underpins the new duty, introduced on 2 January 2018, which requires schools to ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in Year 8 to Year 13, for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.

Sixth form colleges and FE colleges also have a requirement to secure independent careers guidance for 16-18 year-olds and learners up to the age of 25 with an education, health and care plan in place. The DfE is publishing separate guidance for colleges later this month and we will notify you when it is available.