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My name is Tom Lee and I am the Director of Vocational Qualifications here at Pearson.
I want to talk to you today about Think Future - Pearson's new careers service for schools.
2012 marked a major shift in the way that careers information, advice and guidance is
delivered in schools following the discontinuation of the Connexions service and the new statutory
duty on schools to provide independent, impartial careers advice at Key Stage 4.
A year on there are serious concerns about the quality of careers guidance available
to young people with a recent Ofsted report judging only one in five schools to be delivering
effective careers IAG. Think Future aims to tackle this issue head on. Much more than
just a website, the Think Future service brings together three core elements. Firstly a network
of regional careers partners. As a Think Future subscriber your organisation will be paired
with a local careers partner who will help you set up the service and deliver effective
guidance. All Think Future career partners are qualified to level 6, DBS checked and
employed and trained by Pearson. Secondly a suite of teaching resources. These have
been especially created to enable you to build effective careers IAG into the curriculum
for your learners in years 8 to 11 through the delivery of up to ten carefully designed
half hour lessons each year. Thirdly a web portal. Now this is the place where you and
your learners can access a huge wealth of career, qualification, labour market and other
information within Think Future ñ message your careers partner, capture and track progress,
try one of our career quizzes and much more.
Through Think Future we want to help ensure that the careers provision in your school
is effective ñ thatís why Think Future has been developed around the university validated
framework that identifies key elements of effective careers provision in schools including
careers provision should be part of the main school curriculum. Secondly it should be based
on a partnership between subject teachers and careers specialists. Thirdly students
should have access to impartial and independent careers guidance. And fourthly students should
have access to high quality careers information.
These are among the principles that Think Future has been designed around and that we
can help you embed in your school.
If you like the sound of Think Future and would like to know more then please go to
www.thinkfuture.pearson.com where you can learn more about the service and how it can
help your learners make progress in their lives.