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New information, advice and guidance resources available

 New information, advice and guidance resources available

Reforms to the 14–19 curriculum are creating greater choices and opening up new progression pathways for young people. This means, they’ll have the flexibility to combine qualifications and tailor learning programmes to meet their specific needs and interests.

But for students to make informed choices, they must receive accurate and impartial information, advice and guidance (IAG). With this in mind, the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) has commissioned a range of resources to help teachers and schools provide career-related IAG.

We have developed several online continuing professional development (CPD) resources that clarify the recent 14-19 reforms and identify sources of specialist IAG to help support students. The resources explain how learning routes through the 14-19 phase have expanded. They are designed to help teachers provide accurate information and talk through students’ choices with them. Sections include helping teachers to embed IAG within subject delivery, teacher and school responsibilities with regard to IAG, the benefits of IAG for students and an introduction to IAG for trainees in initial teacher training. There are also case studies and CPD session materials to help teachers deliver IAG. The resources are all available from the TDA’s new IAG web pages

We have also commissioned three subject associations from English, history and modern foreign languages to develop a series of online resources to help teachers introduce a careers dimension within key stage 3 and 4 subject delivery. These resources aim to provide practical career-related activities linked with elements of the English, history and modern languages curricula. The languages, English and history resources are now available on the careers related subject resources pages of the TDA website.

Finally, we have supported a range of small-scale projects across the country. These were designed to enhance the coordination and delivery of careers-related IAG within and between schools. Led by careers coordinators, the projects involve school-based activities which explore ways of improving IAG delivery. A report on the project findings highlights transferable learning from the activities, using examples of effective and innovative practices in careers-related IAG delivery in the project schools. You can access the report on our IAG web pages

If you require any further information please contact the TDA’s IAG Team:


16 Nov 2009

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