DISAPPOINTMENT IN LATEST STATUTORY GUIDANCE ON CAREERS ADVICE
Professor Tony Watts claims the Government has broken promises on Careers Advice
The Government has, this month, published new Statutory Guidance (SG) and Non-Statutory Departmental Advice (NSDA) on ‘careers guidance and inspiration’ in schools.
Careers England, in its latest Policy Commentary- Careers England(CE) Policy Commentary 27, April 2014)- authored by Professor Tony Watts , a guidance expert, describes the recent up dated Statutory Guidance and the accompanying Non-Statutory Departmental Advice Careers Advice as ‘ a deeply disappointing if predictable coda to the evolution of the Coalition Government’s policies on career guidance’.
Tony Watts also suggested that the government had broken two promises .
The commentary states ‘The Government started by making a series of inspiring promises, including:
• Establishing a new all-age careers service, to build on the best of Connexions and Next Step.
• Revitalising the professional status of career guidance.
The first of these promises was undermined by the removal of all the Connexions funding and the reduction of the remit of the new National Careers Service to exclude face-to-face guidance for young people. Now, the second promise too has been betrayed. Far from revitalising the professional status of careers guidance, the Government is undermining this by using the term loosely, by marginalising professional careers advisers, and by ignoring the importance of underpinning quality-assured careers programmes.’
Ministers have recently promoted the idea that Careers advice is as much about inspiration as it is about information, looking to employers to go into schools to deliver advice and inspiration.
However, on this Tony Watts says, ‘The ‘inspiration’ agenda, involving employers much more actively, would have been widely welcomed by the whole careers sector had it been added to the implementation of the initial promises. But the SG and NSDA present it as a substitute for, rather than a complement to, professional career guidance and professionally managed careers education programmes in schools. There is no basis in evidence or reasoned argument to support such a position.’
Non-Statutory Guidance-Careers Guidance and Inspiration in Schools