Advancing ambitions: the role of career guidance in supporting social mobility

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Hooley, Tristram; Matheson, Jesse; Watts, A G
Sutton Trust
Date of publication
16 October 2014
Education and Skills
Social welfare
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The authors analysed data from over 800 schools and sixth form colleges to examine the impact of good quality careers advice on access to university and exam results. The report compared schools which had received a ‘quality award’ for their career guidance with those that had not received such accreditation. Controlling for other factors, the research found that schools with the awards had a two percentage point advantage in the proportion of pupils with five good GCSEs, including English and Maths. They also found a small, but significant, reduction in persistent absences (of 0.5%). In the sixth form, it found that the proportion of students gaining 3 A levels was 1.5% higher in schools and sixth form colleges with the quality awards than other schools, and students also had higher UCAS scores, though the gains were not repeated in general further education colleges. Sixth form colleges with accredited career guidance showed a significant increase in the number of students going to leading universities