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Education and Skills Act 2008

Volume 485: debated on Thursday 11 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how he plans to monitor compliance by schools with the provision of section 81 of the Education and Skills Act 2008. (242007)

The amendments made by Section 81 to schools' duties in respect of providing a programme of careers education and providing access to guidance and reference materials on 16-18 education and training and careers opportunities, will be underpinned by statutory guidance. This will include “Principles” of impartial careers education. We will provide support for schools to help them to assess their performance against the principles including on getting feedback from young people and their parents on the quality of the information and advice that they have received.

The quality and accessibility of the impartiality of the information and advice provided by schools will be considered as part of the inspection process. The school Self Evaluation Form asks schools to evaluate “the quality and accessibility of impartial information and guidance to learners in choosing courses and programmes and, where applicable, career progression”.

Inspectors will consider responses in evaluating how well learners are guided and supported as part of assessing the overall quality of provision.

Local authorities have strategic responsibilities for IAG provision through their responsibility for convening 14-19 partnerships and will also have a strong interest in ensuring that schools adhere to the principles.