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Getting Ready for Ofsted

The student voice, The Baker Clause and the student career journey, are just some of the key themes that Ofsted are pursuing in their latest round of visits. Recent information from the CEC about the questions asked, doesn’t hold too many surprises.  Gathering the views of CLs, Senior Leaders and students, Ofsted have been assessing the existence of a careers culture in the schools and the extent to which it’s embedded.

With an emphasis on intent, implementation, impact and naturally evaluation, schools have been questioned over how their evaluation data is used and the collection of destination data. They have been asked how they are meeting the benchmarks and how they know that, as well as whether the programme reflects local LMI.

Inspectors also probed, the extent to which careers education is adapted for SEND, PP and potentially NEET students, and how CLs know that their activities are right for their learners. For greater insight into how career support can be targeted to improve post-16 transitions for young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds, please see this evidence review published by the CEC. Effective Careers Interventions for Disadvantaged Young People: Evidence review | The Careers and Enterprise Company

Not surprisingly perhaps, schools have also been asked about the challenges of lockdown working, how this has been dealt with and the subsequent impact on students.

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