The Careers Link Governor – A Critical Friend

Jon Datta reflects on our recent article on the importance of buy-in for effective careers delivery. Thankfully, schools can increasingly call upon their very own Careers champions who sit on a Local Governing Body at a school (or Trustees at a Multi-Academy Trust (MAT)), helping to support whilst remaining unafraid to challenge existing provision for Careers Education, allowing it to thrive – the Careers Governor.

Opportunity for all – Schools White Paper: a response

As you will be aware the government recently published their long awaited Schools White Paper and it sets the government’s ambition for the future of education in schools. Without doubt it’s grand on the ‘why’ and ‘what’ but understandably light on the ‘how’, we took a detailed look at what it said about Careers…sadly, it didn’t take long!

National Careers Week 2022 Launch Day

On Monday 7 March 2022, the launch event for National Careers Week took place in Newcastle at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. It was great to welcome the event to the North East for the first time and to celebrate the amazing work of schools, further education & higher education providers, training providers and employers across the amazing North East region. The event was wonderfully organised by our amazing colleagues at the North East LEP who have really led the way in driving careers education across the area.

The paper CV is dead!

The paper CV is dead! It had a good run – 540 years to be precise. Accredited to the polymath Leonardo da Vinci in 1482, the paper CV began with a letter to the Regent of Milan. In the letter da Vinci – who was 30 years old at the time – showcased his skills and accomplishments, and unapologetically boasted about no less than eleven things he would bring to the city of Milan. Needless to say, da Vinci got the job! Submitting a paper CV, however, has joined the growing list of things that are no longer common practice as our world becomes increasingly digital. So I ask you this: if da Vinci was compiling his CV today, what would that look like? 

Teach First StudentEmployer Network: bringing together schools and companies 

It sounds silly to say but there is often a huge gap between what schools think employers want and what employers think schools can provide or how they operate. This is doubly strange when you frame this around Gatsby Benchmark 5 and the need for schools to provide encounters with employers and employees.

National Careers Week 2022 – Social Media Highlights

Following on from our previous social highlights pages for #NAW2021, #NAW2022 and #NCW2021, well we’re back for #NCW2022. Below are some of the amazing activities taking place this week for National Careers Week 2022. As always, #NCW2022 will be a storming success. Does your school, college or place of work feature?

To the Rt Hon Robert Halfon MP and members of the UK educational press: an open letter

Steering group member, Janet Colledge writes an Open Letter to Robert Halfon MP and educational press sharing her frustrations on the misuse of language surrounding Careers and guidance.

Apprenticeships and Technical Education: The bias is in the room

In this article a Secret Careers Leader airs their frustrations regarding the bias that still suffocates Apprenticeships, how they’re discussed and still negatively thought of.

Why your students are writing poor personal statements & what to do about it

Up to 80% of a university’s decision on an applicant is based on their personal statement. But studies show that about 75% of teachers’ judgements on students do not align with admissions officers’. Only 6% of young people are educated Up to 80% of a university’s decision on an applicant is based on their personal statement. But studies show that about 75% of teachers’ judgements on students do not align with admissions officers’. Only 6% of young people are educated privately in the UK but they make up 55% of students at Russell Group universities. Ollie from UniRise gives you some free advice on how to support the writing of University personal statements.

T Levels Explained (by someone who didn’t know what they were)

How would you rate your knowledge when it comes to T Levels? We realised that we could do with some extra revision so we set about putting this piece together to upskill you as much as upskill ourselves. T Levels explained by someone who didn’t know what they were seemed an appropriate title.