Quality in Careers Standard

We strongly recommend that all schools work towards the updated Quality in Careers Standard” Department for Education, Statutory Guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff  (January 2018)

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The number of schools working towards gaining formal accreditation for their careers programme is growing. Not only does a Quality in Careers Standard (QiCS) award demonstrate a school’s commitment to providing excellence in career education, it is also an effective way of demonstrating achievement in meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks and good career guidance practice guidelines.

As validated assessors for the QiCS, we are working in partnership with awarding bodies, Career Mark and Prospects, who are authorised to act on behalf of the Quality in Careers Standard Consortium to assess and accredit schools, colleges and work-based learning organisations against the award. Working with both awarding bodies means that we provide your school with independent, honest and impartial assessment for the award.

This QiCS national quality award in Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) offers an opportunity for schools and colleges to undergo an external evaluation of their careers programme and is designed to accredit good practice and encourage development in schools, academies, colleges, special schools and smaller units.

Why does quality assurance in CEIAG matter?

  • Current DfE Statutory Guidance strongly recommends all learning providers should work towards a national quality award validated by QiCS as an effective means of evaluating a school’s programme.
  • Working towards a Quality Award gives CEIAG, employability and enterprise a higher profile and increases the involvement of senior managers and governance.
  • It helps schools and colleges continuously improve their careers work and ensures positive outcomes and destinations for all learners.
  • Holding a nationally validated CEIAG award demonstrates to those outside the school (for example, Ofsted) that a high standard has been reached.

What does the Career Mark and Prospects Quality Award in CEIAG cover?

Evidence must meet the performance criteria for these aspects:

A. Policy and Management
B. Review and Evaluation
C. Planned Programmed of Careers Education
D. Information
E. Experience of the World of Work
F. Individual Guidance, Personal Planning and Transition Support
G. Work with Parents and Carers
H. Equality and Diversity
I. Learner Voice

If you would like to know more about this service, please contact Michelle Taylor on 07717 360114.

…a very successful outcome of the hard work and commitment required to provide high quality advice and guidance to a wide range of students and a professional benchmark to support any inspection process.
Careers Co-ordinator and Head of Careers