A survey of professional careers advisers working in 1,500 schools in England shows that careers advice has been cut in eight out of 10 schools in the past year.
The Careers England research was undertaken because of concerns about careers advice following the Education Act 2011, which gave schools the responsibility for this, instead of local authorities, the BBC reports.
It showed that the level of advice has been maintained in only 16.5% of schools surveyed and Steve Stewart, Chairman of the Careers England Board, said: “Schools have been let down by the Department for Education, poorly prepared for the transition to their new role. This survey tells us that too much has been left to chance.”
The report was published as the latest figures show that there were more than a million NEETs in September. The DfE commented: “We have introduced a legal duty on schools to secure independent and impartial careers guidance for their pupils. They know their students best, so it is right that they should decide what provision is right for them and that they have control over their budget to buy in the support they need.”
Karen Buck, shadow education minister, said: “Students and employers will be the losers as young people face being left with reduced ability to choose the best options for qualifications, training and work.”
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