The Government has recently launched the Statutory Guidance for Impartial Careers Education and the national IAG strategy, "Quality Choice and Aspirations".
Together these form the basis of the biggest step change in IAG (Information, Advice and Guidance) and Careers Education for a generation, and respond to the new requirements that raising the participation age will engender. They emphasise the responsibility of the Local Authority as the strategic lead for IAG and the crucial importance of schools in implementing the strategy.
The DCSF has also made it clear that there will be a formal review of the quality and effectiveness of local authorities' IAG delivery in eighteen months to two years time. There is therefore an imperative that the East Riding has high quality IAG provision in place across the area by September 2011.
The East Riding has already made significant steps in improving the quality of IAG across the area by having in place an overall IAG strategy, local area IAG Strand Leads and the East Riding Gold Standard.
Schools, colleges and learning providers are also working to achieve the Gold standard and give learners access to a high quality up to date online Prospectus and CAP.
However there is still some way to go before it can be assured that the overall provision of IAG services to young people is of the quality set by the 12 national standards.
The IAG action plan sets out some of the areas where improvement needs to be made, and it reflects the new Statutory Guidance.
It has been endorsed by the 14-19 Strategy group.
For further information please contact:
Peter Hardman, 14-19 Connexions Area Manager (East Riding)