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Championing Careers Guidance in Schools

The London Mayor’s ‘Time for Action’ report1 (2008) set out a clear vision for the establishment of new academies to improve educational outcomes in London schools and to work more effectively with business partners, the public sector and community organisations to achieve positive pathways for London’s young people. In this context, between 2010-11 and 2015-16, the Greater London Authority (GLA) awarded funding to four London academies to deliver the ‘Championing Careers Guidance in Schools’ (CCGS) programme. The academies were expected to develop new strategies based on a ‘whole-school’ approach to careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) and to track the destination outcomes of students at the end of years 11, 12 and 13. Through the GLA investment, each academy developed a personalised approach to developing and delivering their own careers offer to young people, parents/carers and teachers, in partnership with businesses and other agencies. Lessons learned from the CCGS provide valuable insights to what works, in what circumstances and for whom?

In September 2014, GLA commissioned CFE Research to undertake a two-part evaluation of the CCGS programme. We reviewed available programme data, provided by the GLA and the individual academies. The formative stage of the evaluation, which reported in December 2014, involved a ‘lessons learned exercise’ where CFE researchers consulted with a wide range of stakeholders and made field visits to each academy to talk with academy staff and current students about the impact of the CEIAG provision developed with the GLA funding. This culminated in personalised reports for senior leaders in each of the four academies. From January 2015 – January 2016, a second ‘impact assessment’ phase focused on findings from the lessons learned exercise, along with additional analysis of financial and student pathway review data, primary research with current and previous students and with businesses.

The final report can be found here:

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Key project contact

Alex Stutz

Alex is an experienced researcher with a background in delivering projects focusing on children and young people. He has substantial experience in project managing mixed-methods research projects for national and local government and third sector organisations.

Since joining CFE Research, Alex has managed a variety of projects, including the evaluation of Kumon Maths and English In-school Pilot Project and the evaluation of Macmillan Cancer Support’s physical activity behaviour change pilots. He leads on the qualitative fieldwork aspect of Sport England’s Community Sport Activation Fund evaluation.