Gets teachers ‘match fit’ for business to build a generation of careers leaders connecting future talent to opportunities. A Careers Leader programme, enabling teachers to develop their leadership skills and knowledge of career and employability learning, is being rolled out.
Since September 2018 Teach First has been rolling out a Careers Leader programme, successfully piloted in 2015/16. The intention is to work with around 130 schools this academic year, bringing in new schools and careers leaders in each subsequent year.
The programme is based on research originally commissioned from the University of Derby exploring the role of teachers in the delivery of high-quality career and employability learning which stressed the importance of developing the role of the careers leader in schools and making sure these leaders have the business knowledge necessary to impart careers guidance.
Teach First designed a training regime, initially for a pilot with 15 schools, which allowed participating teachers to develop their leadership skills and knowledge of career and employability learning and to transfer this knowledge to other teachers in their schools.
Subsequent evaluation by the University of Derby evidenced that schools taking part in the programme reported a growth in competency in careers practice and there were increases in the number of encounters with employers and pupils’ experience of workplaces. All 15 schools had written career programmes at the end of the initiative. Teacher participants were positive about the support received from careers providers, employers and peers on the course.
As a consequence of this excellent initial impact Teach First is now rolling the programme out to 130 schools and is continuing to integrate an element of careers education in its Summer Institute in order to ensure trainee teachers are aware of the need to consider and champion careers education from day one in their schools.
In our 2017 Annual Review we called for a sustained focus to be put into building teaching capacity to ensure the continual learning of teachers in evolving business skills and careers opportunities. We are therefore very encouraged by this programme rollout by Teach First.
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