The news is dominated by the impact of COVID-19 and we fully support the students and schools where there will be an inevitable impact both now and moving forward. For Careerstorch, we continue to offer support to our partner schools via our Stay Connected programme. We want to send out the message to all of our schools and students that we are here to support you through these challenging times. We will navigate you through the short-term changes and the longer-term implications of recent events in terms of Careers Education. The importance of high-quality guidance for students is even more important and we will ensure that students receive current, impartial guidance over the coming weeks and months. We have a new page on our website with further information on our Stay Connected services, which students can access if they have questions or concerns about the impact of COVID-19 on their choices and decisions moving forward.
Please see the latest advice from the DofE on guidance for students
Main points for students…
- The government wants to ensure students can move on to the next stage of their lives as planned in the autumn
- Grades will be awarded through a mixture of teacher’s judgement about the grade that they believe the student would have received if exams had gone ahead and evidence/data including performance on mock exams and non-exam assessments
- The exam boards will then combine this information with other relevant data, including prior attainment and use this information to produce a calculated grade for each student
- The aim is to provide these calculated grades to students before the end of July 2020
- There will also be an option to sit an exam early in the next academic year for students who wish to
It is of no surprise to me that despite the participation age raised to 18 there remains 60,000 young people who were not placed in education or training in 2018 (DfE figures).
For Derby City 13% did not receive an education or training place. It is crucial that we continue to engage with these students and ensure they feel connected with the opportunities available to them. A big part of this is working with parents, guardians and carers to make these young people aware there are opportunities available to them but more importantly they know how to access these opportunities. From our work in schools we are finding that some students are not having adequate levels of guidance particularly if they have become disconnected with their registered school.
Careerstorch are responding to this and we have seen more interest in out of school provision providers approaching us for quality career guidance for these students.
We have made some real progress this week and welcomed our partnership with DANCOP to support students into the next transition of their education. We are also delighted that we are now transferring the work that we have undertaken in secondary schools and are establishing ourselves within the primary school sector with a roll out of our successful ‘Let’s Talk Careers’ events.
The transition to secondary school is key and we know from our work in this sector that many ideas and perceptions of careers and pathways are cemented very early on in education. It is therefore important we have some input during the primary stage of the student journey. Our ‘Let’s Talk Career’ events have had a fantastic reception in our primary schools. We have delivered them in a fun and interactive way. The aim is not to narrow down students’ choices at this stage but to promote discussion as the evidence is clear that students are formulating their views from a very early age of what careers are suitable to them.
We are delighted with the progress we are making in our schools. It is very important to Careerstorch that we continue to keep the quality of the advice and guidance we deliver of the very highest quality. Despite the well documented cuts in schools we are encouraged that the service we are offering is still being placed as a high priority moving forward.