The careers advice given in many schools is not fit for purpose and does not help pupils prepare for life in the real world, MPs have claimed.
In a new report, the parliamentary sub-committee on education, skills and the economy claims much of the advice offered is inconsistent and leaves many schoolchildren unable to make informed decisions about education, training and job opportunities after they leave school.
It criticised the preponderance of publicly funded organisations in the provision of careers advice services to schools – these even include JobCentre Plus – and said concerns had been raised about possible bias.
The Committee called on the government to urgently take a firmer line and push schools to improve the careers advice on offer – by for example, requiring Ofsted to downgrade schools who not provide quality services.
The MPs declared:
“We have concerns about the consistency, quality, independence and impartiality of careers guidance now being offered to young people. We heard evidence that there is already a worrying deterioration in the overall level of provision for young people. Urgent steps need to be taken by the Government to ensure that young people’s needs are met.”
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