Chaotic careers education harms economy, says Ofsted

Chaotic careers education harms economy, says Ofsted

28/11/16

Chaotic careers education in England's schools could jeopardise the UK's future economic prosperity, says education watchdog Ofsted. 

Lack of an "overarching government strategy" means a generation is leaving school unready for work, it argues.  The UK's post-Brexit success depends on harnessing "home-grown talent", says chief inspector Sir Michael Wilshaw. 

The government said its strategy was "to open young people's eyes to many opportunities and choices".

Earlier this month MPs accused ministers of "burying their heads in the sand" over careers education. Ofsted's report wants the government to do more to promote "enterprise education" in schools "including the promotion of economic and business understanding and financial capability" among pupils. 

Ofsted urges the government to "revisit" recommendations made in a report by Lord Young published by the government in 2014, which urged greater emphasis on work-related learning in schools. 

Lord Young said the economy was increasingly driven by small start-up firms employing fewer than 10 people and that young people would need greater self-reliance, creativity and an enterprising attitude to prosper in this new economic climate.

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