Quality in Careers makes positive impact on performance against the Gatsby benchmarks says CEC State of the Nation report 2018
The strongest correlation with a higher Overall Benchmark Score was schools
and colleges that had sought and achieved a Quality in Careers Standard.
The Quality in Careers Standard is an independently assessed award which
schools and colleges can seek for their careers provision. The institutions
that have achieved the Quality in Careers Standard achieve 13.1 percentage
points better on the Overall Benchmark Score than those schools and
colleges that do not have a Quality in Careers Standard. We tested this effect
by controlling for all of the other factors listed in table A2 and it becomes
slightly stronger (13.34%). This provides a strong indication that the impact
of the Quality in Careers Standard is a real one and cannot be explained
through chance or by any other factors. However it is worth noting that the
schools and colleges who have achieved the Quality in Careers Standard are
still only meeting 2.9 benchmarks on average.
It is unsurprising that the Quality in Careers Standard is strongly correlated
with performance on the benchmarks as it is a measure of the quality of
careers provision. During the last academic year, it was assessing schools
and colleges to a different, albeit related, standard to the one set out by the
Gatsby Benchmarks. It has recently been aligned to the Gatsby Benchmarks
and so we would expect the correlation to get stronger in future years.
A key question is how much the Standard is actually driving increases in
performance rather than simply measuring them. This would be a useful
area for further research and analysis.
Here we reproduce page 53 from the report. You can read the full report by following this link