Education and Society

How should employers engage with schools?

Matthew, a trainee teacher, asked about the role of employers in a child’s school life.  When should they become involved with schooling?  How can schools make the best use of employers to help children with their choice of career?

Professor Alison Fuller, an expert in vocational education, talks about the different initiatives created to connect schools with the workplace, such as work experience and apprenticeships.  She considers the rising age of compulsory education and its effect on employment at younger ages and the readiness of schools to welcome employer engagement.   Additionally, she identifies sectors, such as engineering, that have a good track record in recruiting from schools, although she thinks that employers need to work harder to ensure a gender balance in the opportunities offered.

Education Policy

What is the impact of the changes to the careers service on young people?

Clare, a mum with primary school aged children, asks about careers advice.  She has noticed that the careers service has become more fragmented so are children and young people getting a good service?

Professor Ann Hodgson talks about how the changes in careers guidance has affected young people as they make important decisions about their future after GCSEs.  She refers to a recent LGA report about the transition of guidance from local authorities to schools.  She also discusses when careers advice could start and how it should change throughout a child’s school career.