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.

Schooling Careers Education

Schooling careers education

‘I don't see careers education as anything to do with employment. I want pupils to be happy 11-year-olds, contented 12-year-olds and eventually emerge as successful adults.’


One of the remarkable things about careers education is its surprisingly speedy entry into the school curriculum. The 1960s was a critical and defining period for the careers movement which saw the beginnings of a professional conceptualisation of careers education (Bates, 1984). It involved skills and knowledge which could and should be taught to pupils, and therefore, should not be simply an adjunct or appendage to the curriculum but an integral part. However, its entry into the curriculum and the position it acquired cannot be adequately explained by a discussion of the developments taking place ...

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