‘Careers lessons push up GCSE grades’

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A new report has established that encounters with the world of work can change attitudes and improve academic achievement.

For the first time in England, research demonstrated links between young people’s engagement with employers through career talks and their GCSE attainment. Lower achievers and the less engaged were found to benefit the most.

The report by Education & Employers, entitled ‘Motivated to achieve’, shows that participation in career talks with volunteers from the world of work can change the attitudes of pupils to their education – influencing their future plans and subject choices, motivating them to study harder and supporting an improvement in academic attainment.

Read the findings here and see the coverage by BBC News (‘Careers lessons push up GCSEs’) and by The TES (Careers talks ‘boost GCSE results’).