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Progress 8 and Careers Hubs

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Today’s Education in the Media blog looks at Progress 8 measures and Careers Hubs.

Progress 8

Today, Tuesday 29 October, Bristol University and the Northern Powerhouse Partnership published a report suggesting that pupils’ background should be taken into account when using the Progress 8 measure for performance tables. This was covered by BBC Online, the Financial Times, the Independent and the Yorkshire Post.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

We want all pupils to fulfil their potential, regardless of their background, and we introduced Progress 8 to provide a fairer measure on how schools are supporting pupils to achieve their best.

Progress 8 helps parents choose the right school for their child, specifically recognising those schools that make good progress with lower attaining pupils, and identifying those schools not doing enough with a high performing intake.

Careers Hubs

Today, the Local Government Association warned that the government’s Careers Hubs will fail to reach thousands of young people across the country. This was covered exclusively by the Independent.

The Careers and Enterprise Company is putting in place a national programme of support and coordination that will help all schools and colleges. The wider work of the Careers and Enterprise Company is broader, with 2,300 schools benefitting from having Enterprise Advisers who work to build relationships with students and set them up with opportunities to meet employers.

A Department for Education spokesperson said:

We want to support all young people to make informed career choices. Careers Hubs are one part of a growing package of support available to schools and colleges to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks of good careers guidance.

Hubs work within The Careers and Enterprise Company’s existing Enterprise Adviser Network. Through this nearly 2,300 schools and colleges have been matched with a senior business volunteer to build relationships with students and introduce them to career opportunities.

The network is working: 94% of schools and colleges say they are happy with the support provided.

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