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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.

Reconstructing Education, Deconstructing Careers
Reconstructing education, deconstructing careers

‘It's the real commercial world, which really doesn't put the emphasis on the pastoral development of individual kids and the care of individuals in the same way that the careers education programme used to.’


In Chapter 4 the contested nature of careers education was clearly in evidence during the Schools Council Careers Education and Guidance Project, in which the emergent careers education paradigm was the outcome of political manoeuvrings. Careers education got ‘caught up’ in the wider political debate about education and the economy. In this chapter I look at how the vastly changed political, social and economic landscape of the 1980s shaped the nature of careers education once more. This can be seen most clearly in three policy ...

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