primary & secondary education

Preparing Young People for Work Through Careers and Enterprise Education

primary & secondary education

08:45 - 16:20

Tuesday 2 July 2019

Central London


This Forum will provide participants with an opportunity to understand how to develop effective careers and enterprise programmes in secondary schools. Policymakers and sector leaders will provide a strategic overview following the Careers guidance and access for education and training providers report published in 2018 and highlight how to improve the quality of enterprise education and careers guidance delivered in schools. In addition, schools and award-winning organisations will share best practice strategies for delivering successful careers advice and guidance that improve employment prospects for pupils.


This Forum is specifically designed for the Schools and Further Education Sector including:

  • Headteachers
  • Heads of Sixth Form
  • Careers Advisors
  • Deputy and Assistant Headteachers
  • Principals
  • Vice Principals
  • Directors of Education
  • Heads of School Improvement
  • School Improvement Managers
  • Education Improvement Advisors
  • Outreach Managers
  • School Liaison Officers
  • Chief Executives

The Forum is also open to Local Authorities and the Voluntary and Private Sectors in order to encourage debate and discussion.

Key Speakers Confirmed:
  • Charlotte Thurston, Head of Schools Engagement, Education and Employers
  • Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE, and Chair, National Careers Council for England
  • Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager – Further Education, Association of Colleges
  • Claudia Harris, Chief Executive Officer, The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • Dean Hochlaf, Researcher, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR)


View the agenda and additional speakers


Registration, Refreshments, and Networking


Chair's Welcome Address

Professor Pam Parker, Deputy Director of the Department for Learning Enhancement and Development and Professor of Educational Development, City University of London (invited)


Morning Keynote: Changing the Culture of Careers Provision

  • Emphasising the criticality of high-quality careers provision for young people in ensuring that European countries have a low rate of youth unemployment
  • Promoting the Council’s innovative ‘Heat Map’, a tool to help schools determine the scale and composition of the careers marketplace, in which at least 1,000+ providers exist across England
  • Highlighting the key recommendations from Council’s to improve the quality of all-age careers provision such as central government establishing an Employer-led Advisory Board reporting to relevant ministers and advising on careers provision
  • Outlining the significance of the National Careers Service in helping schools to reduce complexity and transactional costs, build its capacity, and assure the quality of services in the careers provision economy
  • Assessing progress in terms of Central Government providing schools and colleges with free access to independent and impartial career development professionals’ expertise
  • Raising awareness of the key characteristics Ofsted are looking for in careers education and advice including providing sufficient resources about careers options, a legal duty to provide good quality careers advice, and following the Gatsby benchmarks

Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE, and Chair, National Careers Council for England (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Effectively Supporting Further Education to Deliver Careers Opportunities

  • Highlighting the need for schools to advocate and give more guidance on T-levels technical study programmes in their careers education to support alternatives to University study
  • Raising awareness of careers options and training teachers and lecturers to be prepared to teach on careers and enterprise for instance by broadening their knowledge through continued professional development
  • Outlining the positive outcomes from the Careers Guidance: Guaranteed campaign in 2015 including a new law introduced in 2016 which involves staff from colleges visiting schools as part of careers advice opportunities
  • Exploring the local careers hubs facilitated by local enterprise partnerships and forming a central part of the Government’s career strategy by aiding young people to make career decisions and linking businesses, schools, universities and colleges together in doing so

Catherine Sezen, Senior Policy Manager – Further Education, Association of Colleges (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Exploring Third Sector Collaboration with Schools and Businesses on Careers and Enterprise Education

  • Ensuring more than the current figure of 5% of university places are filled by disadvantaged candidates by providing advice and professional connections to candidates less likely to have these through family members
  • Highlighting the importance of external services partnering with schools in order to provide workshops for school staff on ‘inside information’ such as on how to recognise a ‘Russell Group ready’ reference
  • Outlining the significance of the third sector working with corporations to raise their profile and source work experience in order to fulfil their CSR obligations
  • Exploring a best practice example of breaking down barriers to social mobility in careers through reference to a disadvantaged student who was able to study international business with the help of the charity

Deborah Streatfield, Founder and Trustee, MyBigCareer (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Effectively Closing the Gap Between Careers Opportunities Available to Fee-paying Schools and Comprehensive Schools

  • Outlining the benefit of taking part in the Speaker for Schools programme, allowing students to meet leading figures from all industries and backgrounds and providing them with opportunity often only available to fee-paying schools
  • Providing a compulsory work experience programme for year 10 and 12 students through the careers curriculum which have built valuable skills that cannot be taught in the classroom environment 
  • Exploring the partnership with ‘Business in the Community’, for instance through hosting a ‘Question Time’ events for students, hosted by directors of local businesses, designed to improve students’ negotiation skills
  • Exploring the CPD certified skills development modules available to students, delivered in bite-size chunks through careers skills videos such as interviews with employers,  

Award Holder of the Quality in Careers Standard 2017

Alun Harding, Executive Headteacher, Codsall High Federation of Schools (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Providing Excellent Careers and Enterprise Education through a Pathways and Enrichment programme

  • Implementing a Pathways and Enrichment programme providing at least one employer encounter per year, for every student in years 7-13 through careers taster days
  • Developing the careers and enterprise education pathways skills of teachers and pastoral support through a programme of Continuing Professional Development
  • Exploring the benefit of Labour Market Information, an online data portal, in helping to decide a career path through making available statistics on employer condition, salaries and future trends to help shape a young person’s decision
  • Outlining how Careers Education is reviewed by the School Leadership Team through keeping individualised records of each students’ engagement with the Careers Education programme for instance 78% opting for further education

Award Holder of the Quality in Careers Standard 2019

Mr Stephen Weakley, Academy’s Pathways Lead, Ark Helenswood Academy (CONFIRMED)


Question and Answer Session


Lunch and Networking


Afternoon Keynote: Supporting Schools to Deliver on the Careers Strategy and Gatsby Benchmarks

  • Outlining how CEC is working with schools to ensure Careers Leaders support is delivered, including the use of a career benchmark tool and careers planning tool
  • Helping schools to adopt the Gatsby Benchmark by following the Good Career Guidance which provides advice from locating reliable information about the local and national labour market to utilising destination data
  • Understanding how enterprise advisors and coordinators can work with schools, employers and LEPs to create high-impact work-based learning programmes for pupils
  • Exploring advice available for career leaders including information on key questions around who can help in your school, what should a leader prioritise and how is their school performing

Claudia Harris, Chief Executive Officer, The Careers and Enterprise Company (CONFIRMED)


Special Keynote: Connecting Schools with Enterprise and Work Experience Opportunities

  • Sharing the success of the ‘Inspiring the Future’ programme in creating partnerships between education and industry volunteers including CEOs and apprentices to deliver activities such as interview practice
  • Outlining the innovative match making and mapping technology which allows for a greater range of careers prospects for young people who can be connected and communicate with the right volunteers nationally
  • Highlighting how ‘Inspiring the Future’ meets the Gatsby Benchmarks through the Inspiring women campaign helping to tackle gender stereotypes by finding women careers usually popular among men
  • Outlining the benefits for employers in engaging with schools, including increased skills for employees, investing in and inspiring a workforce from an early age and highlighting the range of jobs within a sector
  • Demonstrating the success of partnerships through campaigns being carried out such as the ‘NHS ambassadors’ campaign which saw 1,600+ NHS staff attend events fairs and schools to promote NHS’ work

Charlotte Thurston, Head of Schools Engagement, Education and Employers (CONFIRMED)


Case Study: Learning from Best Practice Experience of Careers Guidance

  • Developing relationships with local businesses, councils and other stakeholders through a Careers Coordinator who also provides independent guidance that includes information on the full range of education and training options
  • Exploring how schools can engage further with corporations by creating a local business enterprise advisor who use their knowledge of the local business landscape to support the college, in this case Kent and Holiday Extras
  • Highlighting the range of career enhancing options available to KS3 and KS4 throughout the year such as a close focus on ‘Life Skills’ sessions through assembly and pastoral lessons and an assembly with apprenticeship advisors
  • Providing an extensive list of external resources for students including what the service does and how it can help young people with their career progression such as National Citizen Service for CV boosting

Award Holder of the Quality in Careers Standard 2019

Clare Blackman, Assistant Head Teacher, Astor College (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Refreshments and Networking


Case Study: Enhancing Careers and Enterprise Education Through Extra Curricula Activities

  • Ensuring students from year 7-11 receive a Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance Programme tailored to each student for instance advising economics students partake in the Ace and Ace High Days LSE partnership project
  • Developing enterprise skills among KS3 pupils through ‘Lunchtime Lectures’ held by school teachers and encouraging participation in IntoUniversity to improve subject-based career knowledge
  • Aiding students with practical skills in applying for work such as through Tutorial Programme run by trained teachers to aid pupils with writing CVs, interview preparation, and completing applications
  • Ensuring students have an idea of their specialism by KS4 and thus encouraging them to enter prestigious competitions and projects for instance Business students attended Tamasek and Nomura as part of the IntoUniversity initiative
  • Garnering partnerships with businesses, universities, colleges and voluntary organisations through careers events such as Goldman Sachs and Stem Ambassadors which are funded by a mixture of businesses and government

Gerry Robinson, Head Teacher, Woodside High School (invited)


Case Study: Developing an Innovative Partnership to Deliver Outstanding Career Guidance

  • Collaborating with 12 NHS provider Trusts in Greater Manchester in order to provide a single point of contact for young people who wish to pursue a careers in the NHS, linking with 210 local schools and 293 external professionals so far
  • Creating partnerships through encouraging NHS staff, teachers and young people to become ambassadors in their chosen specialism and actively involve themselves in attending relevant events thus linking them with other ambassadors in the workplace
  • Bringing together NHS professionals, academics and students to raise awareness of NHS roles and provide guidance on next steps for young people for instance becoming a Health Ambassador to improve application quality
  • Engaging students by offering them the chance to develop sector-relevant skills, such as through specialist engagement workshops focusing on areas of NHS employment including Multi-Disciplinary Working, Recruitment Skills and Values and Behaviours
  • Training employees to effectively showcase their talents and career paths during careers events for pupils, to improve the quality of insight offered, and raise the standard of applications

Winner of the 2018 Innovative Partnership of the Year Award in the Careers and Enterprise Company Annual Awards

Leo Clifton, Careers Hub Manager, Greater Manchester NHS Careers and Engagement Hub (CONFIRMED)


Closing Keynote: Exploring the Future of Technical and Apprenticeship Careers

  • Analysing the Technical and Further Education Act 2017 including its drive to ensure that training providers can communicate with pupils from year 8-13 so they are aware of the technical education and apprenticeship options available
  • Exploring ‘The Baker Clause, One Year On’ report introduced in January 2019 including calls to reform technical education including introducing ‘T levels’, a technical equivalent to A-levels
  • Outlining the challenges of implementing the Baker Clause including a low level of compliance by schools and addressing this through direct intervention in schools who do not comply by Ofsted
  • Highlighting the need for an online resource tool to make access to vocational and technical education easier, mirroring the UCAS system where students can search for opportunities locally
  • Emphasising the benefits of involving parents in shaping the decisions their children make including encouraging local authorities to inform parents of the opportunities available to their children

Dean Hochlaf, Researcher, Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR) (CONFIRMED)


Questions and Answers Session


Chair's Summary and Close

*programme subject to change

Following Lord Young’s 2014 seminal report, Enterprise for All, Ofsted reported in the November 2016 Getting Ready for Work publication that of 40 schools visited, 90% were found to not be placing enough emphasis on work-related learning. Subsequently, in March 2017 the Government amended the Children and Social Work Bill to introduce personal, social, health and economic education in all schools which will come into effect in September 2019. One of the key aspect of this requirement is that all schools are required to publish information about their PSHE education provision on their respective websites.

To help tackle this problem in October 2018, the Government released the Careers guidance and access for education and training providers report enabling partnerships between schools and businesses, and funding activities where support is most needed. Under the new strategy, there is a drive to create an outstanding careers system that will aid young people and adults to decide which career is right for them. In order to achieve this objective, the guidance sets out that each school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. The Government outline that adopting the eight Gatsby Benchmarks, schools can be certain that they are fulfilling their legal duties. These include ensuring focused and tailored careers guidance and providing opportunities to a range of providers to inform students about work experience.

Furthermore, in October 2018, the Department for Education introduced new education and skills measures which outline that the number of areas supported by networks of schools and colleges sharing and developing excellent careers advice and supported by Careers & Enterprise Company, will rise from 20 to 40. The Government also aims to increase training places available to support new careers leaders in schools and colleges from 500 to 1300. It is therefore crucial that schools and academies work with colleges, apprenticeship providers and local businesses to champion careers and enterprise education. In doing so they must meet their respective obligations and generate beneficial partnerships, in order to create valuable collaborations and ensure that all pupils receive work-based learning and entrepreneurial opportunities.

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