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MPs and unions criticise DfE policy on careers advice

Yesterday, the TUC, Unison and National Union of Students launched their campaign to improve careers advice in schools. Their 10 key changes include ensuring that every young person has access to face-to-face careers guidance provided by highly qualified professionals.

The launch at the House of Commons was designed to coincide with the appearance by Nicky Morgan, Secretary of State, before the Education Select Committee on careers guidance in schools.

The Secretary of State rejected calls to require schools to employ professional careers staff and for Ofsted to fail schools if their careers provision is not good enough.

Graham Stuart, Conservative MP and Chair of the Committee, said: “There is something fundamentally not right about the current [careers] settlement". He cited one of the new University Technical Colleges whose receptionist doubles as the college’s careers adviser.

Watch the video of the Committee’s session with Nicky Morgan here


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  • Kerry

    Nicky Moran, schooled at Surbition High School (independent) and went to Oxford.  Yes I am sure she has struggled greatly with her legal and political career and had nothing but barriers to her success.  I am so pleased she is representing the views of the majority…..errrh hang on a minute….....

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  • Chris Jones BA DipCG

    We are amongst the first professions to find ourselves being replaced by technology.  Young people want face-to-face guidance with guided referral to social media and online support where it’s useful.

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