The Times Education Supplement reports that Ofsted’s chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw has indicated schools’ IAG provision could be inspected from September this year.
Currently, in inspections Ofsted do not grade the careers information, advice and guidance that schools provide their pupils. Across the country, this has created scope for criticism, particularly from Apprenticeship and other FE providers, that schools are not providing impartial advice on the full spectrum of options available to young people at age 16.
Information on vocational options
Stan Pochron, chief executive of Greater Merseyside Learning Providers Federation (GMLPF), which supports a membership network of over 60 organisations delivering Apprenticeships and other learning programmes across Merseyside, comments:
“Many of our members have excellent relationships with local schools, delivering vocational curriculum provision for school pupils, and providing information about vocational options. This often involves attending careers fairs and delivering presentations to highlight opportunities for school leavers including Apprenticeships and the Key To Apprenticeships programme.
Support through GMLPF members
“Since the responsibility for impartial information, advice and guidance moved from the careers service to schools, our members have been concerned that due to their many obligations, many schools may not have the understanding of the breadth of choice available. They are only too happy to offer any support they can to schools keen to develop and build on their understanding of Apprenticeships and other vocational options.”
GMLPF is currently working with its members to develop advice and support services for schools who are developing their IAG provision. Any schools that wish to find out what support they can access are invited to contact Stan Pochron on 0151 707 8775 or email firstname.lastname@example.org