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  • 18 Jun 2019
    DfE provides Grant Funding to the Consortium for 2019-20

    Chairman, Dr Barrie Hopson, today announces a DfE grant of £80,650 to support the Consortium’s core national work in leading, driving and promoting the Standard: “Now that DfE strongly recommends all schools to achieve the Quality in Careers Standard within its ‘Careers Strategy’, we’re delighted that the Department is offering us financial support. It means we can properly fund our national corporate governance, executive direction and professional services as well as increase significantly our marketing and promotion of the Standard.

    As part of our strategy in the coming year, there will be three major events, free to attend, for schools and colleges not yet engaged with the Standard. These will include the opportunity for face-to-face meetings with a number of our Awarding Bodies, and a chance to hear testimony from schools and colleges already holding the national Standard about the development journey towards accreditation and the benefits it brings for their students.

    In order to make receiving this grant possible, we’ve revised our Constitution, with the CDI becoming our ‘enabling host legal entity’.

    A copy of our revised Constitution and the Memorandum of Understanding establishing the CDI as the ‘enabling host legal entity’ accompany this statement.

    The Board wishes to place on record its thanks to the DfE for this most important grant – and to the CDI for its readiness to become our ‘enabling host legal entity’.

  • 6 Mar 2019
    The Confederation Of British Industry (CBI) Nominates To Join The Quality In Careers Consortium Board

    Dr Barrie Hopson, Chairman of the Consortium Board says “I’m sure that you will join me in warmly welcoming John Cope, Head of Education & Skills Policy, CBI to the Quality in Careers Consortium Board. John joins us with effect from today. We have long sought a leading employer voice to add that crucial dimension to our Board, so it is excellent that John has accepted our invitation.”

  • 16 Nov 2018
    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

  • 08 Jun 2018
    DfE Minister formally welcomes revision to the national criteria for the Standard

    'The Quality in Careers Standard offers a great opportunity for schools and colleges to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in careers guidance and to gain recognition and formal accreditation. I am delighted that the revised Standard will be used in all Quality in Careers Standard assessments from September. The Government strongly recommends that all schools and colleges work towards the revised Standard, and department officials will continue to work closely with you to make this a success’.

    - Rt Hon Anne Milton MP, Minister of State for Apprenticeships and Skills, 4th June 2018

    Read the full letter here as well as the initial letter to the minister here

  • 25 May 2018

    Fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks for implementation from September 2018

    Read more here

  • 10 Jan 2018
    CMQA Statement

    As well as our Consortium’s statement on the DfE Careers Strategy & the Revised Statutory Guidance issued yesterday, here is our Joint Statement as part of the Career Management Quality Alliance.

  • 9 Jan 2018
    DfE strongly recommends all schools to work towards the Quality in Careers Standard in January 2018

    Revised Statutory Guidance: read more here

  • 5 Dec 2017
    DfE Careers Strategy launched 4th December

    The DfE has released its plan for raising the quality of careers provision in England - here is the Chairman of our Consortium Board's statement

  • 16 Oct 2017
    New Awarding Body

    We now have 12 Licensed Awarding Bodies across the country as the Humber LEP team becomes our 12th Awarding Body – full details are here

  • 25 Sep 2017
    New Award Holders Page

    You can now view all schools, colleges and other learning providers who hold the Quality in Careers Standard here on a new section of our website showing Award Holders region by region across the country

  • 2 Aug 2017
    Newly-forged Career Management Quality Alliance publishes its formation and its first strategic position statement

    Here are the three documents issued 2/8/2017

    1. The Memorandum of Understanding
    2. The Position Statement; and
    3. The launch Press Release to accompany the Position Statement
  • 30 Jun 2017
    June 2017 edition of the CDI magazine ‘Career Matters’ carries article on Quality in Careers

    Read the article here

  • 21 Jun 2017
    Our response to the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Education

    Our response to the report of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Education "How well do schools prepare children for their future?"

    May 2017 is accessible here

  • 15 Mar 2017
    New Press Notice: National Licensing

    Dr Barrie Hopson, Chair of the Quality in Careers Consortium, announces that from 13th March 2017 there will be a new and simpler model of quality assurance for careers education, information, advice and guidance in England

    Read the Press Notice here

  • 8 Mar 2017
    Quality Assuring Careers Education and Guidance: National Licensing

    National Licensing: read more here

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