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    Careers Guidance in Schools not working well enough

    A report published by Ofsted today finds that the arrangements for careers guidance in schools are not working well enough. Three quarters of the schools visited for the survey were not implementing their duty to provide impartial careers advice effectively. The survey also finds that guidance for schools on careers advice is not explicit, the National Careers Service is not promoted well enough and there is a lack of employer engagement in schools.

    'Going in the right direction; careers guidance in schools from September 2012':  Click here to view the report



    Practitioner /Student Forum Tuesday 22nd October 2013

    The forum was held on Tuesday 22nd October, 2pm - 4pm at Northumbria University. The theme of the forum was concerned with the guidance and counselling experience. In addition to students from all three years of the Guidance and Counselling programme, we were joined by a range of practitioners from Neuro Partners, Barnardos, Harton School, Relate, North Tyneside Connexions, a  University Career Adviser and an independent counsellor.


    Practitioner / Student Forum Tuesday 26th February at 2pm

    The next meeting of our practitioner and student forum will be held on Tuesday 26th February, meeting in Hall A, Northumbria University, Coach Lane Campus West at 2pm. The forum this time will consist of a series of workshops - see below. If you wish to attend please either send an email via the link on the bottom right of this page, or email with your preferred choices of workshop.



    Barry Wilkinson

    North Tyneside Duke of Edinburgh Award Manager

    Young People and the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme

    This workshop will examine how this popular award is marketed to young people, particularly with regard to the D of E’s mission to significantly increase participation from disadvantaged groups of young people.


    Bella Hewes


    Engaging Reluctant Clients in Schools

    School students may be "sent" for counselling by friends, teachers, parents or social workers and this can result in their reluctance to engage. My workshop will look at creative ways to help these students attend the opening sessions and begin to develop a rapport with the counsellor.


    Graeme Armstrong

    Counsellor, Relate

    Counselling in GP Surgeries provides the practitioner with opportunities for growth in their practice, integrating into a team based approach, and the challenges of working with a large range of issues that clients bring. These might include

    • depression
    • anxiety
    • loss
    • relationships
    • redundancy

    In this workshop we will be looking at how you might develop, using Time Limited Therapy, an approach to suit a busy GP surgery.


    Anna Butcher:  Northumbria University Careers Adviser

     Planning for the future: life beyond the Guidance and Counselling part route.’- An introduction to some of the roles open to those wanting to use guidance and counselling skills in their career; what’s available and how do you find out more.

    Peter Beven

    Teaching Fellow

    Solution Focused Approaches

    This workshop will be a practical look at some of the interviewing tactics that come from a using solution focused perspective in supporting change.



    Amanda Morgan: Inclusion Support Worker

    Delivering Advice and Guidance in Schools:

    I will be giving a brief outline of the different advice and guidance strategies I use in my role as an inclusion support worker. This includes work with children, young people and school staff.
    Topics will include:
    -rating activities
    -narrative principles
    -target setting

    John Gibson

    Lead Personal Adviser

    North Tyneside Council

    Youth and Connexions Service



    Barclays Money Skills

    ‘Barclays Money Skills is a national peer education programme (developed by NYA, Rathbone, CAB and others) that helps young people to develop and improve their financial skills, knowledge and confidence. The programme tackles topics such as opening a bank account, budgeting, saving and spending, and gives practical guidance on what to do if something goes wrong’.



    Practitioner Student Forum March 2012

    A day of activities was  organised by the staff and students on the Guidance and Counselling part route of the Society Joint Honours degree. The event, involving all 3 years of the undergraduate programme, occurs twice yearly. Active participation is always a key element of the day, as is the opportunity to engage in discussion and debate with Guidance & Counselling practitioners from the region. Participants are involved in a series of learning activities designed to develop their awareness of the applicability of research knowledge and skills, to practical applications.

    The day included a range of activities. Second and third year students participated in our innovative student mentoring programme, supporting first year students from across the degree programme. First year students gained invaluable 1:1 interviewing experience via the utilisation of the Coach Lane Campus CCTV facilities. Finally all three year groups and practitioners attended the student /practitioner forum.

    Since the forum began three years ago, the programme has been able to build and develop excellent links with a range of employers and agencies involved in guidance and counselling activities. Fifteen practitioners attended on this occasion, exploring with students the theme of ‘Engagement and Decision Making’. Peter Beven introduced the forum with reference to recent research findings, before students and practitioners moved to smaller groups to discuss engagement strategies for clients and service users. Some of our second and third year students undertook career decision making exercises with fellow students and practitioners, so developing their group work and facilitation skills.


    “It was a fantastic opportunity to meet and work with practitioners” was a representative  comment from the student feedback.


    Double accolade for Northumbria‚Äôs Careers & Employment Team

    Northumbria University’s Careers & Employment team has scooped two national awards in recognition of their excellent student and graduate careers support.

     The team from Student Support and Wellbeing won the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) Excellence Award for Employability 2011 and the Excellence Award 2011 for Innovation.

    Success in the Innovation category followed a collaborative project with animation students to create a dynamic advertising film outlining the services of Careers & Employment.
    The project’s brief was to source, design and produce a low-cost, high-quality Careers and Employment advert which was both succinct yet comprehensive and which could be distributed across various electronic media.

    The team collaborated with students in the School of Design to develop an animated advertisement. Motion Graphics and Animation students Sam Blain and Ed Barratt developed a storyboard concept in conjunction with the team. The pair then went on to create the entire animated film.

     The employability award celebrated work undertaken with additional resources from the Economic Challenge Investment Fund (ECIF) project, highlighting the Positive Futures campaign - an innovative bespoke programme of workshops and coaching events designed to lift spirits and inspire graduates to approach their job seeking with confidence in their employability