Earlier this week, the Guardian Teacher Network published an article by Sir John Holman, setting out his eight benchmarks for what good guidance could and should look like. His findings are based upon international research that was commissioned by the Gatsby Foundation, and concludes that whilst no one country has discovered the ‘magic bullet’ to good careers guidance, the secret lies in doing a number of things consistently and well.
The full article can be read here but Holman’s eight steps are composed of the following:
- A stable careers programme (with some cross-party agreement)
- Learning from labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experience of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance (with access to one-to-one support)
It is a thought- provoking article, certainly. His findings, on the whole, seem to make a lot of sense, so why then are we struggling to get it right. And if, as the report suggests, the price tag for this ‘good guidance’ is just £54 per pupil, how can you even begin to justify against it?