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SOLIHULL councillors have raised concerns about schools being handed back responsibility for careers advice – amid fears that vocational qualifications may be overlooked by staff who want to see more students go to university.

As part of the Education Act 2011, schools took over responsibility for providing independent careers advice from local authorities in September, although Connexions centres will continue to support vulnerable young people.

As part of the Education Act 2011, schools took over responsibility for providing independent careers advice from local authorities in September, although Connexions centres will continue to support vulnerable young people.

But last week Solihull Council’s chief executive, Mark Rogers, warned there could be “a lack of impartiality with schools.”

“I have not come across a school yet that doesn’t consider its own sixth form jolly good,” he said.

Coun Ian Hedley (Lib Dem) was also ‘really concerned’ that the Government was pushing careers advice back into schools.

“What (schools) have demonstrated over the past 50 years, they are incapable of providing it.”

Council leader Ken Meeson added: “There are some real concerns about providing careers advice in our schools.

“Schools must assist in careers guidance they must not demonstrably suggest that children should just stay in full-time education. They should highlight other options too.”

 

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