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Services to Schools, Colleges and Academies


It is both a moral and economic imperative to ensure every young person is equipped with the knowledge, skills and qualifications to give them the best chance of success in adult life in the 21st century. Careers Education and Guidance helps students develop the skills and confidence to make realistic and informed decisions about their futures, for themselves, and to manage the transitions from one stage of their education, training and work to the next. Careers Education and Guidance can effectively help young people to succeed when it is coherent, consistent and supports progression and continuity.


The legislation

David Ritchie & Associates offer a range of careers consultancy services to schools, colleges and academies to support the delivery of effective careers education, work related learning, seamlessly embedded with appropriate careers advice and guidance to help institutions meet the provisions in Government legislation of 2013.


From September 2013, the duty to provide impartial and independent careers guidance was extended to include all registered pupils in year 8 (12-13 year olds) and years 12 and 13 (16-18 year olds). This change will allow young people to access information and advice at more key transition points:

  • It supports access to information and advice from an earlier age, enabling better informed decisions at age 13 and 14. Other valuable careers work in year 8 can seek to raise aspirations and improve motivation where the school considers this will benefit individual pupils; and

  • It supports young people subject to the new requirement to participate in education or training until the end of the academic year in which they turn 17 from 2013, and to their 18th birthday from 2015.

David Ritchie & Associates has a team of careers advisers and specialist consultants whose professionalism has been developed through appropriate training, work with business and within education. DRA Careers works closely with schools, colleges and academies to ensure that careers provision is tailored to meet the specific needs of staff, students and parents alike.  Associates working in the team have experience of working across institutions in Hertfordshire, many London Boroughs, Essex, Surrey, Norfolk, Suffolk, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire


What this support might look like

  • Provide impartial and independent careers advice and guidance

  • Advise senior teams and governors of priorities for CEIAG development

  • Establish and maintain up-to-date resources

  • Review and plan schemes of work in Years 7-13

  • Keep abreast of and implement emerging trends and good practice

  • Work closely with heads of year to support at risk students

  • Liaison with external agencies, employers, colleges, universities, training providers and the voluntary sector

  • Review and evaluation of elements of the programme

  • Provide training and support to staff as necessary

  • Monitor effectiveness of careers related learning

  • Work with tutors to support appropriate progression for learners

Career Guidance

"Excellent careers advice is too important to leave to chance, because it is essential to personal and economic wellbeing. Now, more than ever, making the right decisions about learning or work really matters. Economic growth demands even higher level skills and no-one is guaranteed a career for life. Decisions – whether they are about GCSEs and A levels, apprenticeships, university courses, or joining the professions must be made on the basis of expert information and advice. Getting it wrong now can be costly in thwarted personal ambitions and unmet skill needsOctober 2010 Dame Ruth Silver

  • The recent Ofsted Thematic Review of Careers Guidance in schools “Going In The Right Direction” September 2012 (published September 2013)  http://www.ofsted.gov.uk/resources/going-right-direction-careers-guidance-schools-september-2012 identified some strengths and many inconsistencies. Working collaboratively with careers specialists from David Ritchie & Associates would ensure a level of provision that meets and frankly exceeds both Ofsted’s and the governments interpretation of effective careers provision supporting the successful transition of your students across key stages and on through education and work.

  • “Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has already confirmed that he will give careers guidance a higher priority in school inspections from September 2013”.

Our Careers Advisers will aim to:

  • empower your students to become critical consumers of careers information able to make appropriate decisions at key transition points.

  • promote the concept of  “Lifelong Learning” and career management skills 

  • provide a challenging, innovative, coherent and consistent Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) service that is supportive of and consistent with the outcomes illustrated in the National ACEG CEG/WRL Framework 2012

Our Careers Advisers will work collaboratively with you to:

  • promote equality of opportunity

  • ensure independence and impartiality

  • involve parents/guardians/carers in supporting their young people

  • identify partners and networking opportunities

  • provide typed action plans for both young people and tutors

  • ensure associates working with young people have received enhanced DBS (formerly CRB) disclosures

  • support students to make well informed and realistic decisions

  • provide impartial one to one careers guidance

  • deliver group work to students as part of a taught careers programme or independent from the taught careers programme including for example:

    • Options at 14, 16, 17 and 18

    • Decision making, choices and transition planning

    • Job search skills including CV writing and interview skills

    • Apprenticeships including higher apprenticeships and how to access them

    • STEM opportunities

    • LMI and occupational awareness

    • Use of social networking in career planning

    • Choosing Higher Education, UCAS applications and CVs

    • Personal Statement clinics