An Introduction to Careers Leadership in Schools

Wednesday 5 December 2018

NCVO, 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL
(nearest station, Kings Cross)

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In England responsibility for careers guidance for young people has been transferred to individual schools and colleges. At the same time, there has been a growth in the number of organisations offering support. The Gatsby benchmarks set out a framework of good practice, encompassing elements of careers education and guidance provided by the school or college 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 career guidance for young people, there needs to be clear leadership from within the school or college.

Careers leadership involves: planning, implementing and quality assuring a careers strategy for the school or college; managing the delivery of career guidance; networking with external partners; coordinating the contributions of careers teachers, subject teachers and course lecturers, tutors and SEND/learning support staff. The Careers Strategy published by the Department for Education (DfE) in December 2017 requires all schools and colleges to identify a named careers leader and to publish details of their careers programmes.

This one-day course starts by providing an overview of current careers policy and practice, including the DfE’s careers strategy, 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 and colleges. The programme also includes an introduction to sources of further help, support and CPD for careers leaders.  

The day is led by David Andrews, a policy adviser to the CDI, who has undertaken extensive research into careers leadership and has over 30 years’ experience of running courses for careers leaders.


Target audience

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


Learning Outcomes:

The course will enable participants to:

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





Registration. Tea and coffee available


Welcome and introductions


Overview of careers work in schools and colleges

  • changing context of learning, work and career
  • career guidance: definitions; national policy and developments;
    aims and components
  • what do young people need – a checklist of good practice;
    the Gatsby benchmarks


Refreshment break


Review of career guidance in own schools and colleges

Quality assurance: monitoring, review and evaluation; the Compass tool;
the Quality in Careers Standard; Ofsted

The Careers Strategy and implications for practice in schools and colleges




Careers leadership in schools and colleges

  • roles, responsibilities and tasks
  • reviewing current arrangements in own schools and colleges
  • sharing practice and approaches


Models of organising the role of careers leader

Features of effective careers leadership


Preparing proposals for your own school or college


CPD for careers leaders and other staff involved in career guidance




Useful resources and sources of support, training and CPD


Review of course and personal action planning

Course evaluation


Close and depart


Course Leader


David Andrews OBE works as an independent consultant, trainer, researcher and writer, having previously worked as a careers teacher, an advisory teacher and a local authority education adviser/school inspector. He has established a national reputation as a leading trainer in the field of careers work in schools and colleges. For many years he led postgraduate certificate of professional studies courses for careers leaders, at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education.


David is a Fellow of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC), a Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), University of Derby and a policy adviser for the CDI. In March 2018 he was awarded the CDI’s Lifetime Achievement Award. With Tristram Hooley he has recently written The Careers Leader Handbook, published by Trotman in September 2018.


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