Information, Advice and Guidance

Careers Education and Information, Advice and Guidance (CE/IAG) provided to students before the end of compulsory school may be essential to allow them to make suitable educational and employment decisions and to minimise the potential costs associated with uninformed and unsuccessful choices.

From September 2013, schools will be legally responsible for securing access to independent and impartial careers guidance for all pupils in years 8-13. In the context of this new duty, careers guidance consists of services and programmes intended to assist pupils to make and implement education, training and occupation choices and to learn how to manage their careers.

Careers guidance secured under the duty must include information on all 16-18 education or training options, including Apprenticeships. In May 2013, the Department for Education published statutory guidance.

Schools must have regard to this in exercising their new responsibilities.

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