The Key Ideas

#62 Design a Personal and Social Education syllabus to move away from grades-focussed careers advice

It is important that a holistic view of employment and careers is something that all school pupils understand at an early age, integrated into a reformed school curriculum which allows all children the flexibility to explore and engage in a wide variety of skills and trainings. To support this, we need a redesigned Personal and Social Education (PSE) syllabus which moves away from the grade-based careers advice which dominates the curriculum, and towards a more well-rounded and holistic approach to citizenship, human rights, and equalities. Young men and women should not think their lives are defined by the subjects they take in high school, and instead should leave secondary education having explored the myriad opportunities in the labour market and the mechanisms of inequality they may faceone of which may not be childcare if we have a national service in place.