Securing independent careers guidance: a practical guide for schools

This publication was withdrawn on 11 April 2014

This document has been replaced by ‘Careers guidance: advice for schools’.

This document offers practical information on new responsibilities and deciding on the most appropriate forms of careers guidance for pupils.



From September 2012, schools have been legally responsible for securing access to independent and impartial careers guidance for all pupils in years 9-11. In the context of this new duty, careers guidance consists of services and programmes intended to assist pupils to make and implement education, training and occupation choices and to learn how to manage their careers.


  • issues to consider when meeting the new duty
  • mythbuster
  • case studies of good practice
  • useful websites