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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 works across CFE’s policy areas and brings knowledge of education, career guidance and skills. He is a mixed methods researcher and specialises in qualitative methods, including interviews, focus groups, and ethnographic observation. Alex has an extensive track record of systematic literature reviews and rapid evidence assessments, as well as experience of the practical application of the COM-B framework to gain behavioural insights. Before joining CFE Alex spent ten years as Head of Policy at the National Youth Agency, the leading youth work charity in England.