Professor's Tristram Hooley and Tony Watts have released a new report with Dr Jesse Matheson for the Sutton Trust. The report is entitled Advancing Ambitions: The role of career guidance in supporting social mobility. The authors analysed data from over 800 schools and sixth form colleges with a careers quality mark to examine the impact of good quality careers advice on access to university and exam results and compares these with schools which do not have a quality mark.
The report finds that controlling for other factors, schools with the awards had a two percentage point advantage in the proportion of pupils with five good GCSEs, including English and Maths. They also found a small, but significant, reduction in persistent absences (of 0.5%).
In the sixth form, they found that the proportion of students gaining 3 A levels was 1.5% higher in schools and sixth form colleges with the quality awards than other schools, and students also had higher UCAS scores, though the gains were not repeated in general further education colleges. Sixth form colleges with accredited career guidance showed a significant increase in the number of students going to leading universities.
View the report here