What does it mean to be OFSTED outstanding?
- High quality, impartial careers guidance which helps pupils to make informed choices about which courses suit their academic needs and aspirations.
- Pupils are exceptionally well prepared for the next stage of their education, training or employment and have attained relevant qualifications. Compared with the national average for all pupils, higher proportions of pupils and of disadvantaged pupils, progress on to a range of higher and further education establishments, apprenticeships, employment or training. These destinations strongly support their career plans
What is OFSTED expecting to see in practice?
The publication of Careers Guidance and Access for Education & Training Providers in January 2018 asserts that:
A successful careers guidance programme will be reflected in higher numbers of pupils progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, FE colleges, university or employment.
To ensure a stable careers programme, all schools should appoint a Careers Leader and be working towards achieving all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks, achieving these by 2020 (See Fig. 1 below)
Fig.1 Gatsby Benchmarks
To be OFSTED outstanding, there is a requirement for 76% of all pupils:
- to have used LMI to make well informed and realistic decisions
- to have a clear understanding of how the curriculum is linked to careers
- to have had more than one meaningful encounter with employers and further education and higher education providers
- to have had a meaningful experience of a workplace
- to have the opportunity to access 1:1 guidance from a qualified careers adviser
- to have achieved a positive destination outcome (further education, apprenticeship, job)
This can be very difficult for the host careers team to effectively achieve without additional support.
How can we help:
Our consultants have industry experience in Teaching and Careers Guidance (level 6) and therefore understand that both teachers and the host careers teams have multiple priorities and increasingly finite resources available. This can be limiting for a school or college who wants to achieve OFSTED outstanding as it perpetuates difficulties in working collaboratively to design services to meet the required Gatsby Benchmarks and Ofsted Standard Requirements.
Our OFSTED readiness programme offers a step by step and holistic service.
Step 1: We review current provision and produce a gap analysis
Step 2: We work together to develop a personalised action plan and checklist for your OFSTED/Gatsby Benchmark folder
Step 3: We deliver services to fill any gaps (see list below)
Step 4: We review progress on a termly basis to track against becoming OFSTED outstanding
Additional services we can offer:
- 1:1 career guidance (Level 6 qualified career guidance practitioner)
- Group career guidance (Level 6 qualified career guidance practitioner)
- Employability drop-in or appointment based service (CV writing, interview skills, mock interviews)
- Engaging with employers (visitor talks, work experience, work shadowing)
- Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEAIG) policy writing
- Early intervention for students at risk of becoming NEET
- Training curriculum leaders and teachers – linking their subject to careers