Julia Belgutay & Will Martin

DfE plan to enforce equal careers advice shelved

Legislation to end the ‘second-class perception’ of technical routes in schools mothballed

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Plans to force schools to give equal weight to vocational and academic routes when providing careers advice have been put on ice, the Department for Education has confirmed.

Last January, then education secretary Nicky Morgan announced proposals for legislation designed to end the “second-class perception of technical and professional education”.

At the time, the DfE said this would result in schools being legally required to collaborate with colleges and other training providers to ensure that young people were aware of all available options – a move welcomed by FE bodies.

But while the ...

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