Everybody thinks careers advice is a problem – but based on what evidence?

Recently I wrote about the varied groups lining up to give school-age careers advice (IAG) a ticking-off. But what evidence is available to help us understand the broader issue?

Here’s an overview:

In 2009 the Department for Children, Schools and Families (as it was then known) commissioned the University of Westminster to investigate ‘How young people formulate their views about the future’.

The research team talked to 610 pupils in 27 schools, focusing (but not exclusively) on the aspirations and decision-making process of year 7 pupils (11-year-olds) and the subject choice decisions of Year 9’s (13-year-olds). It is an excellent study and the springboard for quite a lot of research in this field – if you haven’t got a lot of time but you are interested in the subject, I’d recommend you read the contents page and the executive summary. 

Others worth looking through:

There are lots of others, including the recent TES/Barclays Lifeskills studyif you have particular favourites that cover something new in this area please do feel free link to them in the comments section.

Related (good) studies


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