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Lord Agnew now Responsible for FE Providers and Careers Strategy
September 13, 2019

The government yesterday (11 Sept) confirmed Michelle Donelan as Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Children and Families, as Chris Skidmore returns as joint Minister of State for the Department for Education and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Minister for the School System, Lord Agnew, will take on responsibility for the further education provider market, including quality and improvement.

He will also lead on EU exit preparation, delivery of the Careers Strategy, the Opportunity Areas programme, school food and safeguarding in schools and post-16 settings, in addition to his existing brief.

Minister Donelan began the role on Tuesday 10 September, following the start of her predecessor Kemi Badenoch’s maternity leave.

She takes on responsibility for children’s social care, special educational needs and disabilities – including high needs funding – disadvantage and social mobility and support for the home learning environment.

She will also continue to support the Secretary of State in his role as skills lead, including on the delivery of T-Levels, apprenticeships and adult education, in recognition of the important role technical education plays as the country prepares to leave the European Union.

Minister for Children and Families Michelle Donelan said:

“I truly believe that a good education is the key to creating a fair society where everyone, no matter where they come from or their circumstances, has opportunities to succeed.

“From the earliest years of children’s lives to the point at which they make decisions about their further education or training, I am proud to be joining a department that is focusing its efforts on the most disadvantaged in society.”

Minister Donelan remains as a Government Whip, taking on the role at the Department for Education on an unpaid basis for the duration of Kemi Badenoch’s maternity leave. She was previously a member of the Education Select Committee between July 2015 and October 2018.

Minister Skidmore returns as Minister of State for Universities, Science, Research and Innovation, following the resignation of Jo Johnson on Thursday 5 September.

Minister of State for School Standards Nick Gibb will take on policy for early education and childcare including funding, support for the early years workforce, curriculum, quality and the early education entitlements.

He will also add responsibility for PE and school sport and the Pupil Premium to his existing portfolio.

ViewPoint: Anne Milton – ‘We are Bringing About a Breakthrough in Careers’
April 29, 2019

Sixteen months on from the launch of the careers strategy there is a real buzz of excitement about careers, insists the skills minister when talking to TES

When I first became minister of state for skills and apprenticeships, I heard all too often that careers education and guidance was not reaching all those young people most in need of it.

Despite the good intentions and hard work of many, careers provision was patchy and too reliant on a chance encounter or a well-connected parent.

But what if you are from a family without these connections? What if you are from a disadvantaged community and do not have access to a wide range of opportunities?

That is why I was delighted to publish the careers strategy in 2017, which sets out our ambitions for a world-class careers system. Our aim is to create a thriving careers system. One that helps people to make the most of their skills and talents.

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Careers Advice for Adults: £9 Saved for Every £1 Spent
September 17, 2018

The following report was published by Dr Deirdre Hughes OBE on her website http://dmhassociates.org

In late 2017, the Board of Careers Yorkshire and the Humber: National Careers Service commissioned dhm associates to undertake an economic review and analysis of the productivity and economic benefits of the service.

The period under review focuses on data available from early 2015 – mid year 2017 and the primary focus is on face-to-face careers guidance for adults. To access the full report: Productivity and Economic Benefits Report 140918

Three key questions

  • What level of fiscal return does the National Careers Service: Careers Yorkshire and the Humber make to HM Treasury?
  • Is the National Careers Service priority target group, set by the Education & Skills Funding Agency (ESFA), linked to a payment by results, sufficient to meet regional/local needs?
  • What lies ahead in Yorkshire and the Humber when it comes to the National Careers Service face-to-face careers guidance work with adults in the coming year(s)?

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NEW: Careers Strategy Advisory Support for Colleges

There has been a significant focus on careers education, information, advice and guidance in recent months.

December saw the launch of the Careers Strategy, followed by the Statutory Guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges, then the Gatsby Benchmarks for young people in

The aim of all of these publications is to enable young people to access and benefit from planned, high quality careers education and guidance to support them in making transition decisions, having a broader awareness of the options available to them. Colleges recognise their role in supporting young people to make effective decisions about their careers. They deliver a number of activities to engage young people in this thinking. 

Assessment Services has developed a one-day support visit to help you build upon the recent publications that relate to the importance of high-quality careers guidance. 

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West Midlands Combined Authority: Vision For A Regional All-Age Careers Strategy
May 21, 2018

Deirdre Hughes has been commissioned by the West Midlands Combined Authority to work with colleagues on the design and development of an all-age careers strategy in the West Midlands region of England.

This builds on models of good and interesting policies and practices at an international, national and regional level. Preliminary work began in late 2017.

In May 2018, Stage 1 is being rolled out as follows: –

“The WMCA has recently appointed Dr Deirdre Hughes, OBE, to work closely with us in the design and development of a regional all-age careers strategy. This is a priority area identified in our emerging Regional Skills Plan. Over the coming months, it is our intention to consult widely on the new strategy as this unfolds. For further details of Deirdre’s relevant experience: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-deirdre-hughes-obe-28594911/

Stage 1

We are very mindful that there is much to celebrate in the West Midlands when it comes to various good/interesting approaches to careers work supporting young people and adults in local communities.

Careers work covers a range of individual and collective activities (online or offline) relating to information-giving, advice and guidance, competence assessment, support, and the teaching of decision-making and career management skills. An adaptation of the Council of the European Union (2008) Council Resolution on better integrating lifelong guidance into lifelong learning strategies, November 2014.

We are keen to ensure you feed into our initial development plans. We intend to commence with a brief auditing exercise across the West Midlands. Ideally, we would encourage you to complete this short Survey Monkey questionnaire, no later than 31st May 2018.  Please follow this link to complete https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/77BBD9J

Any information you share with us will feature, where appropriate, in a WMCA All-Age Careers Strategy: – Summary Fact Sheet No.1.

Many thanks in anticipation, Rachel Egan | WMCA Programme Lead for Skills, Employment & Productivity”

Education Committee To Question Careers And Enterprise Company – 16 May 2018

The Education Committee is to question the Chief Executive and Chair of the Careers & Enterprise Company (CEC) on the organisation’s role in coordinating careers and enterprise support and the delivery of the Government’s careers strategy – https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/

The CEC was established as an independent social enterprise in 2015 with the aim of supporting schools and colleges in improving their careers guidance for those aged 12 to 18.

The Department for Education published its careers strategy in December and questions may focus on the CEC’s role in delivery as well as its work bringing educational institutions, employers, funders and independent careers guidance organisations together.

Members of the Committee will also ask about the role of careers guidance in promoting social justice. Read more