An Introduction to Careers Leadership in Schools

Monday 14 May 2018 - NCVO Centre, London

Wednesday 27 June 2018 - Jury's Inn, Exeter

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In England responsibility for careers guidance for young people has been transferred to individual schools.  At the same time, there has been a growth in the number of organisations offering support to schools.  The Gatsby benchmarks set out a framework of good practice, encompassing elements of careers education and guidance provided by the school and contributions from a range of external partners including careers advisers, employers, etc.  For all the components to be brought together into a coherent programme of careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) for young people, there needs to be clear leadership from within the school.

Careers leadership involves: planning, implementing and quality assuring a careers strategy for the school; managing the delivery of careers education and IAG; networking with external partners; coordinating the contributions of careers teachers, subject teachers, tutors and SENCO.  This year has seen a growing consensus among the CDI, The Careers & Enterprise Company, the Gatsby Foundation and the headteachers’ professional associations, around the importance of this role in schools.

This one-day course starts by providing an overview of current careers policy and practice and then goes on to identify in detail the tasks of careers leadership.  Through examining a range of case studies, delegates will learn about different models for organising the role in schools.  The programme also includes an introduction to sources of further help, support and CPD for careers leaders.  

The day is led by David Andrews, an honorary life member of the CDI, who has undertaken extensive research into careers leadership in school and has over 30 years’ experience of running courses for careers leaders.

Target Audience

  • careers leaders in schools
  • senior leaders with overall responsibility for careers
  • school governors with a particular interest in careers work
  • advisers, consultants and HE tutors working with careers leaders

Learning Objective

The course will enable participants to:

  • gain an understanding of current CEIAG policy and practice
  • gain an understanding of the tasks involved in careers leadership and different ways in which schools organise the role
  • describe the features of effective leadership of CEIAG in schools
  • review their schools’ existing arrangements for the governance, leadership, management and administration of CEIAG
  • draft proposals for enhancing the leadership of CEIAG in their own schools
  • gain information about useful sources of further support and training.

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