Sheffield MP David Blunkett calls for better career advice in schools

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Sheffield MP David Blunkett is calling for Ofsted not to rate schools as good or outstanding unless their careers advice is up to scratch.

The Sheffield and Brightside MP, who was once Education Secretary, insisted Ofsted should give no school a category greater than ‘requires improvement’ if an appropriate careers service is not available to pupils.

During education questions in the Commons he described the Confederation of British Industry’s assessment of the current provision as ‘on life support’ as ‘generous in the sense that it presumed there was some support at all being given’.

The MP asked Education Secretary Nicky Morgan: “Will you not put in place a monitoring process and at the very least instruct Ofsted to give no school a category greater than ‘requires improvement’ if their careers education advice is not up to scratch?”

Ms Morgan said a monitoring process is in place in that Ofsted has a duty to look at the independent careers advice available.

She added: “Whilst I wouldn’t want to say that everything is all sorted I would just point out to you a recent survey carried out by a careers advice company in my constituency - CASCAiD - which showed around 86 per cent of schools students said they had already had access to some careers advice.

“But you are right to say there is more we can do.”

Shadow education minister Lucy Powell branded the Government’s record on careers ‘woeful’.

She said figures she had uncovered showed that despite doubling the bursary for the flagship early years apprenticeship scheme - aimed at those aspiring to a career in early years education - just 38 people had applied in the first six months.