Careers related learning in art, craft and design

Principles of Impartial Careers Education

The six principles for careers information, advice and guidance (IAG) are helpful when planning and evaluating your curriculum. They are used as the focus for the departmental evaluation tool and the teaching activities.

The Six Principles of Good Quality Careers Education
Illustration reproduced from ‘Quality, Choice and Aspiration’ (DCSF 2009)

Making employer involvement more effective.

The activity below demonstrates one way in which you might audit the six principles when developing work that engages with employers.

When hosting a speaker from the creative industries or visiting a creative working space such as a gallery, museum or studio it is good practice to brief employers involved on the key outcomes of the activity or event and for employers to understand their role in the process. Informing them about the six principles described above ensures your vision is shared effectively.

How well are you doing?

  • Select any planning paperwork, letters or briefing papers you currently use with employers.
  • Highlight any examples of the six principles that are clearly expressed.
  • Revise any document where principles are unclear or missing and save it for future use.

Aim for every employer activity to contribute to at least three principles.

If you need further help, your local Education Business Partnership can provide advice.



Guidance from the DCSF identifies six principles of good quality careers education that can be found in ‘Quality, Choice and Aspiration’ (DCSF 2009)
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Quality, Choice and Aspiration