Sarah Simons

Are careers leaders being given the resources to do the job?

It might be the most important role in education that you’ve never heard of. Two years ago, in a bid to overhaul careers advice, the government stipulated that every college and school should have a ‘careers leader’. Many who have taken up the position are doing impressive work raising aspirations and connecting students with employers – often on a shoestring budget, finds Sarah Simons

Do careers leaders have the right resources?

Lisa Bowman was a headteacher’s PA, but she wanted to get out of the office to work with the students and make a difference to their lives. So, when she saw a job advertised that matched her skill set, she went for it. She took a chance – as well as what she describes as a “large pay cut” – to become careers leader for Kings International College, a secondary school in Camberley, Surrey.

What she thought would be “a bit of careers stuff” turned out to be a much bigger role than she had anticipated. “I’m not sure that schools across the board, or even careers leaders themselves, generally ...

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