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Careers Education takes a critical look at policy and practice in the context of the new role of the privatized Careers, Education and Guidance Service. Suzy Harris places the present situation within the context of subordination to market principles; delineates the changing and uncertain relationship between schools and the Careers Service; shows how the politics of curriculum relevance marginalizes careers teaching; describes the downward path to complete exclusion from The National Curriculum and points the way for policymakers to eschew rhetoric and rebuild the Careers Service. This book will be an essential resource to help careers and guidance practitioners make sense of their situation.

A View from the Inside
A view from the inside

‘I think we're all careers teachers, even down to the kitchen lady and the cleaning ladies.’


In order to make sense of careers education and its curriculum history it is important to understand the history of the key individuals involved. Therefore, in this chapter, six of the twelve careers teachers' accounts and experiences of careers education will be introduced. The choice of whose stories should be included was difficult because each of the twelve illustrate, in their own unique way, different facets of the ambiguity and contradictions involved in the struggle of careers education. However, those chosen reflect the range of experiences and circumstances of all twelve, in terms of, for example, their teaching experience, school contexts, ...

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