Overview of content and speaker profiles

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Day 1 - Monday 23 November


Keynote, panel and workshop PPs         Booking still open for Day 2

Keynote session 1 - 0930-10.40   

  • Making the most of the Gatsby benchmarks – now and in the future, Sir John Holmansenior adviser to the Gatsby Foundation

The Gatsby Careers Benchmarks are established as the heart of the government’s careers strategy for England. We now have abundant evidence about their impact on schools and colleges, and about how to get the most out of the Gatsby framework. In this talk I will share evidence about what works, and discuss Gatsby’s thinking about what still needs to be done.

  • What do you need to know to have an amazing career: Reimagining the CDI Framework,  Professor Tristram Hooley

In this presentation Professor Hooley will set out the aims of career education and guidance. He will argue that careers leaders and other educators need to have a clear idea of what they are trying to support people to learn. He will describe the CDIs project to reimagine its learning framework as a lifelong career management skills framework, and unveil what this is going to look like. There will be an opportunity to ask questions and to influence the final shape of the framework.

Panel session 1 - focusing on the themes of quality and sustainability - 10.50-12 noon

  • Careers Hubs and the quality of career guidance, Dr Emily Tanner, Head of Research, Careers & Enterprise Company 

Following the success of the two-year pilot, Careers Hubs are now scaling up, covering close to half of schools and colleges in England. This presentation will share findings from the recently published independent evaluation of the Careers Hubs pilot, focusing on the impact of the Hubs model on the quality of career guidance and how this has been achieved. The presentation will also consider the role of Hubs in building resilience locally and supporting young people’s futures in response to Covid-19.

  • Alison Cameron Brandwood HMI and Ofsted national lead for careers guidance and youth engagement
  • The Importance of the Quality in Careers Standard, Michele Squire, Prospects (Prospects Careers Education Strategic Manager) 

What is the national Quality in Careers Standard and why should your institution go through this rigorous process to demonstrate your quality provision? The Department for Education strongly recommends in its Statutory Guidance that institutions work towards, achieve and maintain this national Standard as part of its ‘careers strategy’.  So how can the Quality in Careers accreditation make a positive difference. In this presentation I will explore the reasons why it is so important for institutions to achieve this standard.

  • Chaired by Kath Wright, Independent Careers Education Consultant, Trainer and CDI Board Director

Day 2 - Tuesday 24 November

Keynote session 1 - 0930-10.40

  • Creating a Careers Community, Nicola Hall, Director of Education, Careers & Enterprise Company 

We are currently faced with a unique opportunity; everyone is talking about careers. School and college leaders recognise that effective careers guidance is more important than ever but are currently presented with multiple challenges and additional pressures as they respond to situations never faced before. This session will explore how developing and empowering a high quality whole school or college careers guidance community can raise the profile and power the impact of personal careers guidance for young people.

  • What works in personal guidance? Findings from the CEC personal guidance fund evaluation, Dr Siobhan Neary and Dr Jill Hanson iCeGS at University of Derby

This presentation will describe the key findings from the iCeGS evaluation of the CEC's Personal Guidance Fund, considering the impacts on advisers, school and college staff and students and exploring the contextual factors which brought these about. We pay special attention to the impact of training and continuing professional development on the advisers and how this facilitated the positive outcomes observed.

Panel session 2 - focusing on the themes of professional practice and sustainability - 10.50-12 noon

  • Providing effective guidance to meet individual need through a triage model, Sue Lewis, Support for Learners Manager, Career Pilot

Find out how the Careerpilot Team developed an electronic triage model and tool, as part of a nationally funded Careers and Enterprise Company bid, which offers a whole-school, effective and targeted approach to personal guidance (Gatsby 8). The Pathway Planner model and tool provides pre-guidance, assesses student’s readiness for their chosen pathways through triage, provides data and reports to allocate guidance according to need - at three levels, and an easy process for tutor to provide and record follow up. The process meets key criteria for effective guidance as shown in the CEC Research report ‘Personal Guidance – What work

  • The Gatsby revolution: maintaining the momentum beyond 2020, David Andrews OBE 

The Careers Strategy, launched in December 2017 and with the Gatsby Benchmarks at its core, has galvanised the collective efforts of schools, college and their external partners to bring about a significant step change in the quality of careers support for young people. But we will need to maintain the momentum beyond the end of this year if the improvements are to become properly embedded and sustained. This presentation will focus on the practical actions that careers leaders, and the organisations that support careers leaders, could take to ensure they we build on the progress to date.

  • Chaired by Tom Staunton, Lecturer at iCeGS, University of Derby

Speaker biographies 

DavidandrewsDavid Andrews OBE is a consultant, trainer, researcher and writer specialising in career education and guidance. After eleven years teaching in secondary schools, including five years as head of careers, he has spent the past 32 years, in various roles, supporting careers leaders through delivering training courses, writing guidance materials and providing advice on policy and practice. In the past David has been an affiliated lecturer at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, an adviser on careers education to the DfEE/DfES and a policy adviser to the CDI. He is a Fellow of the National Institute for Career Education and Counselling (NICEC) and an Emeritus Visiting Fellow at the International Centre for Guidance Studies (iCeGS), University of Derby. He has recently co-authored, with Tristram Hooley, The Careers Leader Handbook. In 2018 the CDI recognised David’s work with The Rodney Cox Lifetime Achievement Award.

Alison Cameron BrandwoodAlison Cameron Brandwood is one of Her Majesty's Inspectors and Ofsted national lead for careers guidance and youth engagement. She is a qualified teacher and has a Bachelor of Arts Honours Degree in Education and Professional Studies. She has taught in a range of education settings and has held curriculum management and senior management positions in general further education colleges. Prior to joining Ofsted, Alison was Assistant Principal in a general further education college with a key focus on the academic and vocational curriculum and university provision including initial teacher education. She has wide-ranging experience in leading and managing quality improvement strategies, including the performance management of teaching, learning and assessment, curriculum design and delivery.

tristramTristram Hooley is Professor of Career Education at the University of Derby, Professor II at the Inland Norway University of Applied Science and the Chief Research Officer of the Institute of Student Employers. He is a researcher and writer specialising in career and career guidance. He has particularly interests in how careers and career guidance interacts with technology, the labour market and public policy. He writes the Adventures in Career Development blog at https://adventuresincareerdevelopment.wordpress.com/

nicolahallNicola Hall is Director of Education with the Careers and Enterprise Company. This role follows 7 years as a secondary headteacher. She started her career in industry as a graduate trainee in retail (the first ever cohort of Excel in Retail management trainees recruited by Tesco Plc), and then retrained as a teacher and worked her way through both further education and secondary provision to the role of Headteacher. Over the past seven years Nicola was headteacher of both a 14-19 Studio School and a mainstream secondary school. Nicola can see and understand the challenges and opportunities faced by both education and continually developing industry sectors in preparing young people for their futures in a fast-changing world of work. She joined CEC to support the development of a world class, inclusive and sustainable careers guidance offer for young people as a relevant and deliberate part of their whole education.

jillDr Jill Hanson has worked in iCeGS since 2016. She has been involved in evaluating several school and university-based initiatives in the field of careers guidance and widening participation, including leading the Gatsby pilot evaluation and the evaluation of the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire Collaborative Outreach Programme. Her undergraduate and postgraduate degrees are in psychology and she specialises in quantitative research. Her current research interests are career guidance in secondary schools, supported internships and Community Interaction Theory.

Sue LewisSue Lewis, Support for Learners Manager, Career Pilot. Sue has worked in education and careers for many years, initially as a teacher in special, further and secondary education and then as a project manager in the Connexions service. Since 2007 Sue has worked on behalf of a consortium of universities, and latterly Uni Connect projects, developing online career tools to meet the needs of adults – Lifepilot, and, since 2011, for young people – Careerpilot. Careerpilot is a one-stop, impartial, careers website providing information, advice and tools to support 11-19 year olds in planning their effective progression. Sue is passionate about enabling young people to develop career management skills to support progression to successful futures.

siobhannearyDr Siobhan Neary is an Associate Professor and Head of iCeGS at the University of Derby. She has a background in the career guidance sector which encompasses more than thirty years working as a practitioner, trainer, manager, lecturer and researcher. Her portfolio includes work on career management and employability, CPD and international development work in Sri Lanka, Mauritius, China, Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates. She is a registered Career Development Practitioner, a Fellow of both the Career Development Institute (CDI) and the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (NICEC) and the book review editor for the British Journal of Guidance and Counselling. Her research interests focus on professionalisation, professional identity and quality improvement within the career development sector.

emilytannerEmily Tanner is Head of Research at The Careers & Enterprise Company. She leads on research, evaluation and data to measure the impact of the changing careers landscape and to provide insight to support ongoing programme improvements. Emily is currently leading on the development of the Future Skills Questionnaire to capture student insight on learning outcomes from career guidance and published on this earlier in the year. Emily has been a social researcher for 20 years, focusing on education policy evaluation, spanning early years to youth transitions. Before joining the CEC, she was Head of Children, Families and Work policy research at the National Centre for Social Research, the largest independent social research agency in the UK. She also held research posts at Yale University and, alongside DPhil study, at Oxford University. 

michellesquireMichele Squire is a qualified Careers Adviser who has been involved with Quality in Careers Standards for over 25 years, she also has been involved with the accredited and non-accredited training of Careers Co-ordinators/ Careers Leaders over the same length of time. She works part time for Prospects where she is the CEIAG Strategic Manager with the overall responsibility for managing the Prospects licensed national Quality in Careers Standard.  She has also managed careers information teams and has been responsible for writing careers publications and managing several careers/LMI related websites. In her freelance capacity as a Careers Education Consultant she is a writer/publisher of LMI materials and has delivered national LMI training.

100 Kath WrightKath Wright chairs the Community of Interest for Careers Education, the strategic group that advises and supports the CEO on all matters related to careers education. She is the CDI’s Lead Trainer for the Certificate in Careers Leadership and maintains the online Community of Practice for Careers Leaders. Kath has been involved with the CDI since its conception as a Council Member and now as a Board Director.