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ERIC Number: ED449369
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 38
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Quality Guidance: A Sectoral Analysis. NICEC Project Report.
Watts, A. G.; Sadler, Jackie
This report reviews the structure of the guidance field and provides a sector-by-sector analysis of current quality assurance arrangements in the United Kingdom. Part 1 presents an outline of the guidance sector, including some key concepts, structures, and roles. It defines guidance and other terms; discusses the three main categories (education/training-based, employment-based, and independent guidance); describes representative bodies in the guidance sector; addresses two current structural changes (Connexions Service and the Learning and Skills Council); analyzes strengths of, weaknesses of, opportunities for, and threats facing the guidance sector; and discusses two key issues in the guidance sector (harmonization and funding). Part 2 provides a sector-by-sector analysis of current quality assurance arrangements. It discusses principles underpinning good quality guidance and development of Guidance Council Quality Standards (GCQS). Existing quality standards of schools; further education; higher education; training provision; employment-based guidance provision; Career Services; Employment Service; local authority provision; community-based provision; private sector guidance and employment agencies; partnership arrangements; Wales; Scotland; Northern Ireland; and the wider international context are analyzed with a view toward using GCQS outside the adult guidance sector. Appendixes include 22 references and glossary. (YLB)
National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling, Sheraton House, Castle Park, Cambridge, CB3 0AX; Tel: 01223 460277; Fax: 01223 311708; E-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Policymakers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: Guidance Accreditation Board, Birmingham (England).
Authoring Institution: National Inst. for Careers Education and Counselling, Cambridge (England).; Careers Research and Advisory Centre, Cambridge (England).
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom