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Why do schools and colleges need to provide careers guidance?

The Education Act 2011 places schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils from September 2012. This duty was extended in 2013 to include year 8 to year 13. The guidance must be presented in an impartial manner and promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given. It should also include information on options available in respect of 16-18 education or training, including apprenticeships.

Schools and colleges need to make arrangements for impartial careers guidance that fits the needs and circumstances of their students, and will need to engage in partnership with external, expert providers to fulfil this statutory duty.

However, Hertfordshire Local Authority will retain the responsibility to ensure young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) are assessed under Section 139A of the Learning and Skills Act. Services for Young People undertakes this duty on behalf of Hertfordshire Local Authority.

For further information on the statutory guidance for schools and guidance for further education colleges and sixth form colleges, please see the Department for Education’s ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers' document.

Find out about the different ways we can support you with your careers curriculum by clicking on this link: