Report Author: Loic Menzies






More Than a Job’s Worth: Making Careers Education Age Appropriate

Founders4Schools commissioned this research, because while there is compelling evidence outlining the benefits good careers education and guidance has for children and young people, much less is understood about when different sorts of careers-focused interventions should take place. This report sets out what children and young people’s careers education should entail, and when, drawing on the literature and input of a wide range of education and careers practitioners, experts, and employers.   Building on principles set out for careers education in the Gatsby Benchmarks and elsewhere, this report highlights principles that are important throughout a young person’s careers education:

Supporting Vulnerable Young People through Covid-19

The Covid-19 pandemic has pushed the education and youth sector into uncharted territory.   Head teachers and MAT leaders across the country are working with incredible determination and devotion, rising to the challenge of serving their pupils and communities at this most challenging of times. Already, we have seen colleagues open food banks in their schools, create detailed contact plans to support children in the weeks ahead and helping families negotiate with housing services and landlords.   A lot of discussion has centred around online learning, with schools hatching plans to ensure that learning carries on at home in the months ahead. A...


Date Published: 3rd April 2020
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More Than a Job’s Worth: Making Work Experience Fit for Purpose

Work experience encompasses young people’s experience of work tasks in work environments on time-limited placements, alongside their education.   It offers a range of benefits for young people, including providing:
  • Insight into the world of work that improved their ability to make decisions about the future, understand workplace ‘norms’ and behaviours, and to understand different sorts of workplaces;
  • Development of career-relevant skills valued by employers including communication, teamwork, resilience and confidence, and;
  • Improved long-term careers outcomes, including wage-premiums, employability, and a reduced likelihood of becoming NEET (Not in Education, Employment or Training).
  However, work experience’s potential to achieve these benefits remains untapped. The...


Date Published: 2nd May 2019
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