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Careers guidance for students - how does your school handle it?

Discussion in 'Mathematics' started by TES_Community, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. TES_Community

    TES_Community Administrator

    We'd like to hear your views on the careers provisions within the new Education Act 2011, which places a duty on schools to secure independent and impartial careers advice for pupils in years 9 to 11. How are you planning to deal with this in your school?
    Please take our short survey, it will only take two minutes to complete and you’ll be entered into a prize draw to win Amazon gift vouchers .
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  2. It was a carp (sic) survey.
    Get some advice on how to write a decent one from a Foundation tier GCSE Maths student.
    cyolba, happy to help :)
     
  3. Nazard

    Nazard New commenter

    Um. How do your questions help us give our views? Questions like: "Q3: How confident are you in your ability to advise your pupils about choosing the right course to study at university and about student finance (fees, bursaries and loans)?" seem somewhat pointless, because you aren't also asking whether the person answering the question will actually be required to do this.

    Just out of interest, what do you plan to do with the data? If you end up writing an article in which you declare that 68% of teachers do not feel confident in their ability to advise their pupils ... you will be misrepresenting the data rather significantly.

    "Q2: How concerned are you about the employment prospects facing the young people you teach?" Does this mean that I might be concerned about the employment prospects of little Billy, who never does his homework, or that I might be anxious about the employment prospects of all young people in England at the moment, of whom my students are a subset? If I can understand the question in two different ways then so can other people, and the results you get will be meaningless.

    "Q4:How confident are you in your ability to advise your pupils about what an apprenticeship entails and how they might go about securing one after leaving school?" Again - it's not that I don't care, but there are specialists in my school who know about this and who will do the advising. My confidence in my ability to do this is essentially irrelevant.

    "Q5: As well as face-to-face professional careers advice, how important would you say it is for pupils to be able to access relevant multimedia online teaching resources within the classroom to help them to understand the breadth of opportunities available to them when they leave education?" Not in my classroom, thanks,. but then I want to be able to teach them maths. In _a_ classroom? Well, maybe - but it depends how the careers education is organised, so this might be a good thing or it might not. again - your results will be meaning less.

    I have 2 requests:

    1] Please don't use the results from this survey in a news article - this would be very saddening.

    2] Next time you want to do anything like this, ask cyolba (or any other maths teacher) to get their foundation tier GCSE class to write something a little more meaningful.
     

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