C&K Careers is a licensed awarding body for the Quality in Careers Standard. The Standard showcases and supports the development of outstanding careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG). The nationally recognised award is one of the highest accolades an organisation can receive for excellence in this area of work.
We have been awarding a Quality Standard for CEIAG for 20 years. Over 60% of all mainstream schools in Calderdale and Kirklees hold the standard and have done so continuously for a number of years. We also work with an increasing number of institutions from other areas of the country. 100% of institutions assessed return to us for their reassessments every 3 years.
What is the Quality in Careers Standard?
The Quality in Careers Standard is the dedicated national quality award for Careers Education Information Advice and Guidance. There are already over 1100 Schools, Colleges and Work Based Learning providers in England who either hold or are working toward the Quality in Careers Standard. This includes over 30% of England's state secondary schools and academies as well as 30% of England's Sixth Form Colleges.
Why undertake the Quality in Careers Standard?
Holding the Standard demonstrates your institution meets the requirements of legislation and Government guidelines relating to CEIAG (DfE statutory guidance revised April 2017 and Ofsted 2015). The Statutory Guidance recommends that schools should work towards the Quality in Careers Standard to review and evaluate provision. The Careers Strategy, released in December 2017 states that "schools and colleges can also gain formal accreditation of their careers programme through the Quality in Careers Standard - the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance. The Standard offers an opportunity for providers to undergo an external evaluation of their careers programme and so is distinct from the Compass self-assessment. We strongly recommend that all schools and colleges work towards the updated Quality in Careers Standard, incorporating Compass, to support the development of a world-class careers programme for all their young people". The Standard also provides peace of mind for parents knowing that their child's school is investing in their careers guidance.
How will it benefit your organisation?
It provides an excellent framework for both the delivery and the evaluation of CEIAG, the evaluation process can help to provide independent, objective evidence for inspections such as Ofsted. Additional benefits of good CEIAG provision includes improved attendance, achievement and outcomes for learners. Holding the Quality in Careers Standard also demonstrates that you meet the 8 recommended Gatsby Benchmarks for good CEIAG.
Our dedicated team of experienced assessors will guide you through the assessment process, providing support along the way. We will audit your CEIAG provision, and support you to develop and enhance your CEIAG offering and ensure it meets statutory guidelines. Work is easily submitted via the online system.
Find out more by completing our enquiry form.
What do our award holders think?
'We are delighted to have received the award and to be among the first to get the national Quality in Careers Standard.' St Aidan's School Harrogate
'The Quality in Careers Standard helps us to audit our provision and make improvements as a consequence. The fact that it is nationally recognised, means students and parents are re-assured that we are doing our very best in terms of student progression.' Greenhead College
'From a personal perspective, I have found the whole process rewarding. It has taken some work and commitment but the assessment is incredibly thorough and it has been interesting to see what we do well (some things that we didn't even realise!) and what we can improve upon. The support has been outstanding and the advice given proven that sometimes little tweaks can make a huge difference. It was genuinely a pleasure to work with you and I do think that made a big difference.' Millthorpe School
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