Motivated to Achieve will be published on 6th June. In the meantime, a summary is available on the Education and Employers website. The press release by Education and Employers explains that the report shows that participation in career talks with volunteers from the world of work can change the attitudes of Key Stage 4 (14-16 years old) pupils to their education. This can influence their future plans and subject choices, motivate them to study harder and supports an improvement in academic attainment – even when taking place only a few months before their exams start. It showed, for the first time, that lower achievers and less engaged learners responded best to the intervention. This is particularly pertinent for schools facing funding challenges and considering where best to allocate their finite time and resources.
Adrian Lyons, Her Majesty’s Inspector, National Lead for Economics, Business and Enterprise said “Careers is given a high profile in the new Ofsted inspection framework taking effect from September 2019. Inspectors will judge whether the school is providing an effective careers programme in line with the government’s statutory guidance on careers advice that offers pupils: unbiased careers advice, experience of work, and contact with employers to encourage pupils to aspire, make good choices and understand what they need to do to reach and succeed in the careers to which they aspire."