Last reviewed on 12 October 2022
School types: All · School phases: Secondary, 16 Plus
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Find out how to meet your requirements for careers guidance, including how to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks in full.

Who this applies to

The DfE's statutory careers guidance applies to:

  • All maintained schools, including maintained special schools and pupil referral units in England
  • Academies and free schools in England (including alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools) 

The requirements do not apply to non-maintained special schools and independent schools.

Changes from September 2022

The Education (Careers Guidance in Schools) Act 2022 came into force on 1 September 2022. The changes are: 

You must provide independent careers guidance to pupils from year 7 onwards 

Previously you were only required to do this for pupils in years 8 to 13. 

The DfE confirmed to us that the duty to give providers of technical education and apprenticeships the opportunity to talk to pupils applies to those in years 8 to 13 only. This requirement hasn't changed. 

Previously, it was only statutory for maintained schools, maintained special schools and