Schools do not always provide impartial careers advice, steering pupils towards staying on in their sixth form rather than considering vocational training.
Michele Sutton, president of the Association of Colleges, has claimed that the quality of careers guidance in schools is “nothing less than appalling”, the BBC reports.
There have been repeated warnings about weaknesses in careers advice, including from the Education select Committee and the Confederation of Business Industry earlier this year.
The AOC chief highlighted concerns that pupils do not always receive impartial advice: “Too many young people, usually those who need advice the most, miss out,” said Ms Sutton. “They end up in the wrong institution, usually school sixth forms, doing the wrong course, and recently published Education Funding Agency data shows that schools lose 50% of their pupils between year 11 and year 13. How many end up not in education, employment and training?”
She also called for more funding for the National Careers Service to improve guidance for young people.
Responsibility for careers guidance has been devolved to schools but an Ofsted report in September found that “very few” schools had the skills to deliver this and that three-quarters of schools it inspected were not delivering adequate careers advice.
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