There are many different models of one-to-one guidance, so start by researching the right one for your school. Whether you are using internal or external provision make sure a robust quality assurance system is in place to monitor the guidance given to students and ensure those providing guidance are trained to the appropriate level.
If you’re considering using someone from within the school team think about how you can ensure the interview is independent and impartial. To solve this problem some of the schools and colleges that took part in the pilot swapped staff so students received an impartial interview. This ensures staff have no preconceptions based on relationships built in the classroom.
Greenfield Community College worked with an external organisation to provide 30 minute interviews with each year 11 student. During these interviews the careers adviser discussed the student’s ambitions and helped them explore the progress they had made, or would have to make, in order to achieve these goals. The adviser also fed back to staff if there were any students with unrealistic expectations or no plan, this allowed staff to intervene and provide these students with more focussed guidance. For the students of Greenfield Community College having a 1:1 guidance interview with an external provider was positive as it reassured them about a lack of bias. The majority now have an intended destination and those that do not have been identified and given extra support.
When bringing in external providers think about the sort of information you can give them in advance – providing a record of pupils academic and career learning in one place allows them to provide more tailored advice and enables them to judge when a student’s plans are unrealistic or not ambitious enough. To make sure you are investing in something that is high-quality ask external providers how they quality assure their service and request to see evidence. The Career Development Institute (CDI) also holds a register of career development professionals who have recognised qualifications, abide by a code of ethics and undertake regular professional development.