Survey of Careers Education & Guidance in School released (Careers England)
A new report from the CDI and Careers England shows up to a third of schools have dropped careers guidance from the curriculum, with at least half stating they do not have a ‘middle leader’ responsible for careers education. The report was carried out in order to inform the work of the new independent careers and enterprise company recently established by the Department for Education.
End of the road for the 2.1 brigade? (Times Higher Education)
According to a recent report by the Grade Point Average Advisory Group highlighted in the THE more than 50 higher education institutions have expressed an interest in trialling numerical scores alongside the existing degree classifications. The report follows a pilot scheme at 21 HEIs and aims to give students a more precise and internationally recognisable measure of their academic achievement.
Students doubt their fees represent value for money (BBC)
Many students are unconvinced they have received value for money from their university courses, according to an annual Student Academic Experience Survey by think tanks HEPI and the Higher Education Academy. The BBC reports that a large majority do not think they have been given enough information about how tuition fees are spent with less than half feeling they had received good value for money.
Companies buy up rival businesses just to get their staff (Telegraph)
The shortage of qualified staff is also fuelling a wave of mergers and acquisitions activity, with one-in-four deals driven by companies effectively buying the people in short supply by acquiring the companies they work for. The Telegraph reports further on PwC’s 2015 Global CEO Survey which found that three-quarters of the 1,300 company bosses it quizzed listed finding the right staff as a major concern to their business.