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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.

Whose Role, What Role?
Whose role, what role?

‘I don't know that careers teachers even know what we're about and what our training is. We're equal in status to them in my eyes and should be.’


In tracing the origins of the guidance system in Chapter 3, what became clear is that like education, guidance is yet another area open to contestation. The relationship between education and guidance was also seen to be problematic, as each was affected by wider and more fundamental shifts in political and economic policy-making. In the early days of the fledgling guidance system there had been a major struggle between education and employment over ownership and control. The dual system which emerged, with schools providing careers guidance and later careers education, and ...

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