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NUT react to Ofsted report on Careers Advice.

Commenting on Ofsted's report Moving through the System, Christine Blower, General Secretary of the National Union of Teachers, the largest teachers' union said;

"Schools do their best to provide high quality information and guidance, but it is quite obvious from the report that local authorities are not tracking and liaising with schools. Although the Connexions service provides good support, it is clear that there should be sufficient trained staff in schools to ensure that the needs of young people about to leave statutory education are met.

"The conclusion I draw from the report is not that every teacher should be expert in careers advice, but that young people should know who to turn to when they need guidance on future learning or on employment. Careers education in secondary schools should not be an also ran. Schools should have the resources to employ staff who can give dedicated and knowledgeable advice."

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