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The ACEG framework for careers and work-related education:

A PRACTICAL GUIDE

ACEG

Association for Careers Education and Guidance

The ACEG framework for careers and work-related education: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

Contents

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Acknowledgements

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1. Introduction

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2. The ACEG Framework

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3. Managing strategy

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4. Managing curriculum

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5. Teaching, learning and assessment

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6. References

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The ACEG framework for careers and work-related education: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

Acknowledgements

We are pleased to present this Guide to the ACEG framework for careers and workrelated education. It is intended to be a complementary source of practical help and suggestions for careers education professionals when using the framework for devising and developing programmes of careers and work-related education in their school or college, both as taught subjects and across the curriculum.

The Framework and this Guide have been developed and produced by the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) and together they are intended to help raise the quality and breadth of careers and work-related education for young people. Following the Department for Education’s decision to remove secondary schools’ duty to provide careers and work-related education from September 2012, we feel it is vital to continue to do all we can to help and support schools in continuing to offer these vital components of the secondary curriculum. ACEG itself provided support to careers education specialists in schools and colleges between 1969 and 2013. It continues that support as an important partner in the new Career Development Institute which brought together four professional associations (ACEG, ACPi, ICG and NAEGA) and opened its doors for business on 1st April 2013. Although this means that ACEG is no longer a separate organisation, we feel that the Framework and Guide are fitting legacies to the work of ACEG and are confident that they will continue to be promoted and developed as an important element of the CDI’s work. We give our heartfelt thanks to ACEG Executive and Consultative Council members who have contributed to the creation of the Framework and Guide – in particular Anthony Barnes, Kath Wright and Debbie Godwin. Their combined wealth of knowledge and experience have been invaluable in producing this essential toolkit for delivering high quality careers education and guidance. Vince Barrett, ACEG President 2011-13

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The ACEG framework for careers and work-related education: A PRACTICAL GUIDE

1. Introduction education prepares young people for school-to-work transitions.” Employers whom we met in Bradford were unanimous in regarding young people as lacking in soft skills and knowledge of the workplace - exactly the sort of skills that careers education and WRL were in place to provide. This was echoed by the CBI, Business in the Community and the Association of Employment and Learning Providers. Young people also spoke to us about the benefits they gained from work experience. 108. The Government’s statutory guidance says that “schools should consider a range of wider careers activities such as engagement with local employers and work-based education and training providers to offer all young people insights into the world of work”. The wording of the guidance was criticised by witnesses for being permissive, leaving it to schools to determine the extent to which they will include such activities.

The rationale for the framework

The ACEG framework for careers and work-related education was first published in April 2012. It is a grid of outcome statements for seventeen areas of career and work-related learning at KS2, KS3, KS4 and Post 16. The framework stems from a belief tha