Quality in Careers Standard awarded by C&K Careers

Halifax Academy achieve the Quality in Careers Standard

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.  

There are 3  possible assessment outcomes

1. Deferral – insufficient evidence against the criteria

2. 'Making Good Progress’ robust systems in place to meet all 8 Gatsby Benchmarks by the end of 2020 as well as meeting further Quality in Careers Standard criteria

3. Fully meeting the accreditation criteria including the Gatsby Benchmarks

Outcomes 2 and 3 above are successful outcomes and are both causes for celebration. Each organisation achieving these outcomes will gain a certificate to share their achievement with their learners, parents and families and the broader community. Outcome two above is aligned with the transition two year period between now and the end of 2020 when learning providers are expected to fully meet all eight Gatsby Benchmarks. It is expected that outcome two above will be removed in January 2021.

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 and Ofsted).  The Statutory Guidance strongly recommends that schools should work towards the Quality in Careers Standard to review and evaluate provision. The revised Statutory Guidance states "schools can 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 schools to undergo an external evaluation of their careers programme and so is distinct from the Compass self-assessment. The criteria for the standard has recently been revised and it is now fully aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks. From September, all assessments will be against revised criteria as agreed by DfE, the Board, Gatsby Foundation and the Careers and Enterprise Company. 

How will it benefit your organisation?

St John Fisher Harrogate are awarded the Quality in Careers Standard to recognise their careers provision

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 either fully meet or are making good progress towards meeting the Quality in Careers Standard national criteria incorporating the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.  The Standard also provides peace of mind for parents knowing that their child's school is investing in their careers guidance.

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 a secure online system.

Find out more by completing our enquiry form.

Who do we work with? 

We've assessed a wide range of organisations including secondary schools both with and without sixth forms, academies, multi-academy trusts (who may be eligible for a discount), special schools, sixth form colleges and FE colleges. We've recently introduced a new primary school standard.

We are currently delivering the Quality in Careers Standard awarded by the Humber LEP to up to 50 institutions in the Humber region.  This is funded by the European Social Fund via the InspireMe programme.  Schools and Colleges in the Humber region are able to work towards and be assessed against the Quality in Careers Standard free of charge as part of this ESF funded programme.

For more information please contact Jill Ellis CIAG Standards Coordinator (contact details below).

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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 proves 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

'The Quality in Careers Standard places a high value on work related learning and employability skills, which link closely to the Gatsby Benchmarks so helps us to show where we are meeting the benchmarks.'  Brighouse High School

'It was useful to have an external assessor evaluate our practice and useful to undertake self-assessments.  It highlighted where we had areas for development, during the preparatory time building up to the assessment. Since we achieved the Quality in Careers Standard, we were visited by Ofsted and IAG was one of the Inspectors first lines of enquiry in their short inspection.  As a result of their findings in the short inspection, a full inspection was triggered because Inspectors had identified areas of outstanding practice and as a result of the full inspection, we were awarded an Outstanding Ofsted inspection. Without doubt, the Quality in Careers Standard experience was beneficial and I would recommend it to colleagues in the sector.' Grimsby Institute of Further and Higher Education

For further information about the Quality in Careers Standard, awarded by C&K Careers:

Complete our enquiry form


Contact: Jill, CEIAG Standards Coordinator
Call: 01484 225500
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