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Back to school: Teachers’ warning for secondary school students

Byoxfordnewspaper

Sep 2, 2022

Most teachers in English schools think their pupils are less ready for the world of work than before the Covid-19 pandemic, a survey suggests.

Around 80% of teachers said they believed school learners were less prepared for the job market than previous years, while only 3% said they thought pupils were more ready.

The findings have been published by the education charity Teach First, which said that a “postcode lottery” around careers education was ripe for change.

The figures are based on 3,400 responses to the Teacher Tapp daily survey app, collected from May 16-17, which have been weighted to make them representative.

Oxford Mail:

Teach First’s report said the results did not “bode well” for disadvantaged youngsters, as the pandemic had widened the disadvantage gap, meaning that poorer pupils would be even less prepared for working life.

More than half (56%) of businesses said they were worried “lost learning” from the pandemic would exacerbate the skills shortage for young people, while over half of teachers in schools serving poorer communities said they felt the pandemic had a negative impact on pupils’ views of their career prospects.

In its report, the charity made several recommendations, including that the Department for Education (DfE) should develop a framework for primary careers education with sector experts, and that the Government should use destinations data to target extra support for school leavers in poorer areas.

It added that the Government should provide £8.5 million of funding to support a mixture of online and in-person careers programmes for primary pupils in poorer areas focused on the top 10% most disadvantaged schools, while all large businesses should offer blended work experience programmes to disadvantaged young people.

Russell Hobby, chief executive of Teach First, said: “Our country’s long-term prosperity depends on the next generation of young people.

“Careers education is an essential part of that – making a significant impact on a young person’s development at school, as well as their future employment opportunities.

“Schools do their best to prepare pupils for the world of work but that is not their core purpose. That is why we believe it is essential that employers are involved in shaping the future of careers education.

“For too long, securing high-quality careers advice and work experience has been a postcode lottery – that must change.”