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Teachers’ knowledge and experiences of Information Advice and Guidance: some implications for the current policy context in England

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Fuller, C., McCrum, E. and Macfadyen, T. (2014) Teachers’ knowledge and experiences of Information Advice and Guidance: some implications for the current policy context in England. Education Inquiry, 5 (2). 23922. ISSN 2000-4508

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To link to this item DOI: 10.3402/edui.v5.23922

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Good information and career guidance about what post-compulsory educational routes are available and where these routes lead is important in ensuring that young people make choices that are most appropriate to their needs and aspirations. Yet the Association of School and College Leaders (2011) express fears that future provision will be inadequate. This paper reports the findings from an on-line survey of 300 secondary school teachers, and follow up telephone interviews with 18 in the South East of England which explored teachers’ experiences of delivering post-compulsory educational and career guidance and their knowledge and confidence in doing so. Results suggest that teachers lack confidence in delivering information, advice and guidance outside their own area of specialism and experience. In particular, teachers knew little in relation to alternative local provision of post-16 education and lacked knowledge of more non-traditional, vocational routes. This paper will therefore raises important policy considerations with respect to supporting teachers’ knowledge, ability and confidence in delivering information in relation to future pathways and career guidance.

Item Type:Article
Refereed:Yes
Divisions:Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science > Institute of Education > Improving Equity and Inclusion through Education
ID Code:32230
Publisher:Umeå University, Sweden

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