Careers Service OFSTED readiness programme
Why do you need to be OFSTED ready?
From January 2018 for schools and colleges to be graded Ofsted Outstanding careers guidance services will now be required to demonstrate that provision meets all Gatsby Benchmarks and careers specific Ofsted requirements.
Careers Strategy, Department of Education 2017, pg. 20:
- 55. Ofsted will continue to hold schools and colleges to account for the quality of careers provision. This includes a new requirement for Ofsted to comment in college inspection reports on the careers guidance provided to students from January 2018. Careers-related provision is already considered under three of the four areas evaluated as part of school inspections.
- 56. The Department will engage with Ofsted, as it reviews the Common Inspection Framework, to consider coverage of careers provision as part of the development of any planned changes to school and college inspection arrangements which will take effect from September 2019. In developing its approach to assessing careers provision as part of those changes, Ofsted will take account of the requirements within the new statutory guidance for schools, which is being updated to reflect the Gatsby Benchmarks.