New Schools Statutory Guidance on Careers Advice Spells Out Access for Providers

Following the publication of the Government’s Careers Strategy in December 2017, the DfE have this month issued revised statutory guidance for schools regarding their duties relating to independent careers guidance. Of particular relevance to GMLPF members is the new legal duty for schools to provide access to providers of technical education and Apprenticeships.

Key points from the Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance (Careers Guidance And Access for Education and Training Providers) of relevance to GMLPF members are as follows:

  • Gatsby Benchmarks
    The Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance recommends that secondary schools and academies should adopt the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop/improve careers provision.
  • Benchmark 7
    States that by age 16 “every pupil should have had a meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of learning opportunities…… including Apprenticeship providers.”
  • Apprenticeships
    The Statutory Guidance states that “every school must ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or Apprenticeships.”
  • Policy Statement
    Every school MUST publish a “policy statement setting out their arrangements for provider access and ensure that it is followed”. Schools must publish this on their website. The Guidance provides an example of a policy statement on provider access and this features a named contact that providers should contact to request access to pupils.
  • No exceptions
    Schools MUST make provider visits available to ALL pupils, and “should not do anything which might limit the ability of pupils to attend”. Examples of unacceptable behaviours are given as “restricting invitations to selected groups of pupils”.
  • ASK programme
    It is suggested that schools make use of locally available support, such as the ASK programme, which GMLPF is contracted to deliver to schools with the support of members.
  • Labour Market Information
    It is advised that schools should ensure that all pupils have made use of information about career paths and labour market information to inform their decisions. Here, it is obvious that information and data about Liverpool City Region Growth Sectors and associated opportunities will be particularly useful for local schools.
  • Addressing individual pupil needs
    In relation to careers advice, schools are advised to ensure that “young people from all backgrounds, gender and diversity groups, including those with special education needs and disabilities consider the widest possible range of careers.” They should also take particular care to identify those pupils who are at risk of non-participation post 16 and draw support to ensure transition into further education or training. Here, GMLPF members who have historical success in supporting these sectors of the community have a strong offer to make to schools.

Building on our experience of delivering Apprenticeships information sessions in schools as part of the ASK programme, GMLPF will be considering the scope of contributing to a coordinated support service for schools to help them deliver duties relating to provision of information about Apprenticeships and other vocational options.  

In the meantime, we strongly recommend that GMLPF members hoping to build relations with schools:

  • Familiarise themselves thoroughly with the Careers Strategy, Statutory Guidance and Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Familiarise themselves with LCR Growth Sector information and opportunities
  • From now on, review policy statements on schools’ websites to identify named contacts to arrange visits to increase likelihood of “speaking to the right person”
  • Consider tailoring approach to schools based on their duties as outlined in the revised statutory guidance, showing how as an Apprenticeship/vocational training provider you can help them meet their obligations

We would be interested to know your views on the revised guidance, especially suggestions for a coordinated approach for supporting schools. Please email pavlina@gmlpf.net

DfE Statutory Guidance and Access for Education and Training Providers Jan 2018 

 

Apprenticeship in sports opens the door to university and long term career

A sports apprenticeship with Progress Sports enabled a young man to progress onto university and secure long term employment.

Danny came to Progress Sports after leaving school. He was unsure of what career he wanted but knew he enjoyed taking part in sport. He enrolled on Progress Sports’ pre-apprenticeship programme and then went onto to complete a full sports apprenticeship with them. Whilst doing his apprenticeship, he would also coach other young people on Progress Sports training programmes, developing his skills as a coach and a tutor.

After gaining his apprenticeship, Danny was employed continuously by Progress Sports for several years. But he was keen to develop himself even further, so he decided to go to university. He knew that many universities now accept an apprenticeship as an alternative to A-levels, and successfully enrolled on a degree in sports development at Edge Hill University.

Since finishing his degree Danny has returned to work for Progress Sports as Apprenticeship Development Officer.

New Football Studies programme

In addition to their sports apprenticeships, Progress Sports have launched an exciting new course in Football Studies which is currently attracting much interest. The Level 3 BTEC course is designed for 16 to 19 year olds who want to develop comprehensive knowledge and understanding of the sports industry, but with a specific focus on football. It combines academic sporting qualifications with practical skills development, coaching and competitive fixtures.

The course incorporates a mix of pratical work, classroom lectures, industry visits and case study exercises. It provides the learner with real life work experience coaching at soccer school academies, holiday camps, after school clubs, community events and Saturday soccer schools.

Students will also undergo trials for selection to play for Progress Sports in the 11 a-side English Colleges Football Association League (ECFA).
For further information, please call 0151 298 9139 and ask about the new Football Studies course or email mail@progress-sports.co.uk