News: Headteachers Giving ‘Selfish’ Career Advice to Pupils

Headteachers who are more concerned with filling up their sixth form and protecting their budgets are giving students ‘wrong’ career advice, says Sir Michael Wilshaw. The head of Ofsted says that some pupils are more suited to taking up a vocational route post GCSE, but Headteachers are encouraging them to stay as they receive funding per pupil.

He continued to argue that the government is not doing enough currently to promote apprenticeships, whilst schools need to be responsible for letting students know that university is not the only option.

Ofsted recently reported that too many apprenticeships were of poor quality, and only 5% of young people took up these schemes at the age of 16. In order to expand the horizons of young people, Sir Michael Wilshaw suggested a member of staff in each school should coordinate careers education for pupils.

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