The Education Act 2011 places schools under a duty to secure access to independent careers guidance for their pupils from September 2012. This duty was extended in 2013 to include year 8 to year 13. Guidance must be presented in an impartial manner and promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.
Guidance should also include information on options available in respect of 16-18 education or training, including apprenticeships.
Schools need to make arrangements for impartial careers guidance that fits the needs and circumstances of their students, and will need to engage in partnership with external, expert providers to fulfil this statutory duty.
However, Hertfordshire Local Authority will retain the responsibility to ensure young people with SEND are assessed under Section 139A of the Learning and Skills Act. YCH Services for Young People undertakes this duty on behalf of Hertfordshire Local Authority.
YCH Services for Young People is Matrix accredited with fully trained advisers who:
- are experienced in delivering individualised, impartial careers, information, advice and guidance to young people and their parents/carers
- are knowledgeable about local, regional and national opportunities with access to a wealth of up to date information
- are skilled in tailoring careers information, advice and guidance to individual needs
- can draw in additional resources to support individual needs
- have current, enhanced DBS clearance
- receive regular performance management and supervision
For fuller details of all our services please go to our Services for Schools and Colleges page.