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.
Chapter 7: Competing Careers?
‘There's no commitment to what careers education is all about and yet they're throwing millions at it. To me it's the weirdest contradiction.’
As the last chapter showed, careers education struggled to survive under the National Curriculum having been further marginalised on two fronts. Firstly, the core curriculum reinforced the traditional, subject-based school curriculum, accentuated further by the publication of league tables based on academic achievement. Secondly, careers education itself was reconstructed as a cross-curricular ‘theme’ which firmly secured its position of secondary importance beneath that of the subject. Paradoxically, by the mid-1990s, careers education had become high on the political agenda, for example, in connection with the need to develop education and training for the twenty-first century (DES, 1991). This chapter attempts ...