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Schools: Vocational Guidance

Department for Education written question – answered on 11th December 2017.

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Photo of Gordon Marsden Gordon Marsden Shadow Minister (Education)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether she has plans to require Ofsted to comment in school inspection reports on the careers advice provided to students.

Photo of Anne Milton Anne Milton Minister of State (Education), Minister for Women

The content of inspection reports is a matter for Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector.

The careers strategy explains that Ofsted will continue to hold schools and colleges to account for the quality of careers guidance provided to young people. Matters relating to careers provision contribute to judgements under three of the four areas evaluated as part of school inspections. First, in judging leadership and management, inspectors take account of the leadership of the curriculum and the impact of the curriculum in preparing pupils for their future. Second, in judging pupils’ personal development, behaviour and welfare, inspectors consider the impact of impartial careers guidance. Finally, in judging outcomes, inspectors consider information about pupils’ destinations.

The government will publish new statutory guidance for schools in January 2018 which will set out how schools should use the Gatsby Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. As the careers strategy sets out, Ofsted will take account of this statutory guidance when developing its approach to assessing careers provision.

The department will engage with Ofsted, as it reviews the Common Inspection Framework, to consider coverage of careers provision as part of the development of any planned changes to school and college inspection arrangements which will take effect from September 2019.

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