The career-related learning pathfinder was a pilot programme which took place in seven local authorities in 2010 with key stage 2 pupils. The main aims of the programme were to:
- increase pupils’ awareness of career/work opportunities
- increase pupils’ understanding of the link between education, qualifications and work opportunities
- reduce gender specific career/role stereotypes
- engage parents/carers in the process.
The then Department for Children Schools and Families commissioned the National Foundation for Educational Research to conduct an evaluation investigating the extent to which the pathfinder pilot had achieved its original objectives, and to test the hypothesis that introducing career-related learning at key stage 2 (in disadvantaged areas) increases and widens pupils’ education and career aspirations. The study was undertaken between July 2009 and October 2010.
This report presents the findings from the evaluation study of the key stage 2 career-related learning pathfinder. The aim of this evaluation was to study whether introducing career-related learning at key stage 2 (in disadvantaged areas) increases and widens pupils’ education and career aspirations.