A report was presented to the Board from the Strategic Director – People, which provided an update on recommendations that were made in June 2018, as a conclusion to the 2017-18 scrutiny topic ‘Further developing links between Halton’s Businesses and Schools’.
The report outlined those recommendations and provided an update on the status of each, since they were made. Appended to the report were the online careers programmes (updated Autumn 2019) for each of the Borough’s secondary schools; as discussed in paragraph 3.6.
In response to Members’ queries on the update, the following additional information was provided:
· The Gatesby Benchmarks had been adopted by secondary schools and were now being used;
· There was no statutory duty on the Local Authority to enforce careers guidance in schools; Ofsted would be the body to provide recommendations if it was lacking;
· Ofsted would also inspect how inclusive careers guidance was within schools; and
· Pupils at The Bridge School (Pupil Referral Unit) each worked with their own case worker with regards to career guidance. The PRU also has good quality outcomes in relation to young people progressing into Post 16 Education or Training.
RESOLVED: That the Board notes the information provided.