OFSTED Careers Guidance – A Best Practice Guide

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Updates to the Ofsted careers guidance requirements come into force in September 2018. So now is a really good time to review the statutory requirements around careers for your school website. The government careers strategy outlines their long term plan to build and improve a careers system for all. The new statutory requirements are in place to ensure secondary schools and colleges are delivering a careers programme in line with this strategy.

The school website Ofsted careers guidance requirements are grouped into 2 sections. The first around the careers program itself, and the other around the 'Provider Access Policy Statement'. You can view the specific requirements on our school website requirements guide.

Career's Programme

The Ofsted careers guidance for this section is quite straightforward. Each of the 4 requirements focuses on publishing your school's careers programme information on your website.

Each of these requirements increases the transparency of what's going on in the careers programme, and what students can look forward to. As well as ensuring progress is measured and reviewed to maintain continued improvement. As a result offering the best possible careers guidance available.

Provider Access Policy Statement

The provider access policy statement is in place to ensure each school has adequate and appropriate arrangements in place for dealing with careers providers. Publish this policy on the website, update it annually and include the required criteria.

Each requirement outlined in the Ofsted careers guidance seems to be about making sure procedures for careers providers are clear. In short include each of these within your policy statement and check these requirements off as complete.

But what about making the best of this opportunity to maximise the positive impact your updated careers information can have on your school website.

Presenting Your Careers Guidance Information

If you don't already have a careers page/section on your website it's certainly worth considering one. Ideally this will be a page of content to enthuse visitors, and showcase the careers programme that you offer. Consider any alumni success stories you can draw on and include those as testimonials in this section/page.

Make the contact details of the careers leader clear and obvious and include a photo. This results in a much warmer and friendlier page compared to just a name in text on the page. In this case a nice approach might be to write a welcome for this careers guidance from the careers leader. Including a summary of the programme, to meet the requirements, as well as to encourage and enthuse the audience.

The provider access policy statement is then to a different audience, it's all about the providers - engaging with providers and making the process easy for them is a good way to build and foster a positive relationship with them. Maybe make a new page for careers providers and include a welcome to them, with the same aims as the welcome message to students and parents. One of the best things you could do would be to include a step by step process for providers, outlining the process, and timeline, and what to expect. Your published policy statement will include all this information. However a step by step list is much easier to follow and digest.

We'll be keeping a lookout for how schools are building the Ofsted careers guidance requirements into their careers sections. If you've recently updated yours do get in touch and let us know how you got on.
Once you've built your page you can check the requirements off in our quick and easy to use website compliance software.

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