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Schools: Vocational Guidance

Education written question – answered on 20th July 2011.

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Photo of Ian Mearns Ian Mearns Labour, Gateshead

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what recent representations he has received on the potential effects of allowing schools to determine whether or not to commission professional careers guidance.

Photo of Nick Gibb Nick Gibb Minister of State (Education)

Proposals in the Education Bill place a clear duty on schools to secure access to independent and impartial careers guidance for pupils in years 9 to 11. This includes information on the full range of 16-18 education and training options. Schools are free to determine how best to fulfil this duty, taking into account the needs of their pupils.

The subject of careers guidance has been raised in discussions with a number of interested parties including representatives from the careers sector, the Association of School and College Leaders and the Association of Colleges. In addition, a wide range of evidence has been submitted to inform the passage of the Education Bill through Parliament and careers guidance has been the focus of debates on clause 26 and clause 27.

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