Teachers call for help in offering careers advice

A survey of more than 1,000 teachers by the Varkey Foundation, the CBI and TES has found that skills shortages in industries such as engineering are being exacerbated by poor careers advice in many English schools, with three quarters of teachers wanting businesses to play a greater role in careers advice for children, and the majority believing that their own school’s approach is “inadequate”. Their views follow a Commons subcommittee on education, skills and the economy concluding this week that schools offering substandard careers advice should be downgraded in Ofsted inspections. Elsewhere, it is reported that 13% of state school pupils receive careers advice, in contrast with 45% of independent school students, according to a study by recruitment agency Adecco.

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