Meeting the Ofsted requirement for Careers Education


Schools are faced with a never-ending list of issues that need to be urgently addressed, and Ofsted’s recent findings suggest careers education often gets missed off the list.

Are you confident that your school has robust and effective careers guidance and monitoring system in place?

Here’s how we address some of the key points made by the Ofsted report:

Ofsted Key Points

How we can help
Thorough monitoring of the quality of careers guidance provision was rare. “Very few of the schools reported systematically to their governing body on how well they were meeting their new statutory duty.” We have developed and tested a comprehensive employability audit for schools. The audit is a tool to help you understand what provision you have in place and where improvements can be made. You can read a case study and further information here.
Only 12 of the 60 schools visited by inspectors “ensured that all students received sufficient information to consider a wide breadth of career possibilities”. Our Next Steps workshop caters to groups of up to 100 students and includes current labour market information, impartial information about education and employment pathways, explains employability skills, and highlights less known career options.
Vocational training and apprenticeships were “rarely promoted effectively” and aspirations for vulnerable students were “too low”. Our multi-session Employability Programme has been mapped to the LSIS Careers Learning framework and the ASDAN employability certificates. It teaches the principles of independent career management in groups of up to 30.
About half the schools used their own staff to inform students about careers, but they “often had insufficient training and did not provide students with up-to-date information”. We can also provide CPD for teachers who are tasked with Careers provision and new to the role.These training days take place throughout England or can be tailored to an individual school or academy group and delivered onsite.We also have a suite of free resources for teachers on our website.

InspireEducation has been working in partnership with schools and colleges since 2010 to support the successful transition of young people through education and into the world of work.


  • Teach students tools to support them to independently manage their futures;
  • Develop and regularly update our programmes based on input from employers;
  • Consistently deliver high quality impartial careers education;
  • Have developed a suite of free resources for schools to help them deliver quality IAG.

Please contact or call 01536 745377 for more informaton