• National ICT and Computer Science Festival 2013

    The YES Programme took part in the National ICT and Computer Science Festival held on March 6th 2013 at the Hertfordshire Developemnt Centre in Stevenage.


    It was great to meet delegates at the show and introduce ourselves personally. We look forward to following up and continuing discussions with those of you who attended the festival.




  • The Education Show 2013

    We have been busy here at the YES Programme preparing for our very first Education Show at the NEC in Birmingham on March 14th, 15th and 16th 2013. We will be situated at stand B67 which is right next door to the ''Learn Live Primary theatre'' and look forward to seeing as many teachers, governors and PTA members as possible over the 3 days.


    We have a new stand and you will have the chance to view the site for yourself and try it out.  We have a special launch offer as well so do come by to take advantage of it.


    In addition we are delighted to announce that CEO and Founder of the YES Programme, Sonita Alleyne OBE will be on the panel at the conference held by AQA ‘Shape the future of Creative Education’.

    This is the first conference of its kind and will be held on 14th March at the Education Show. With key opinion formers and keynote speakers it proves to be an important and relevant event to attend.


  • E2BN Conference 2013

    We have booked our space at the E2BN Conference on 25th and 26th June, more details to come nearer the time.



  • BESA membership

    The YES Programme is very pleased to announce that they have been approved as members of the British Education Suppliers Association 

    “We look forward to participating in a positive way to this active trade association and value membership and the credibility it brings in an increasingly difficult time for schools to be able to determine who they should or should not spend their budget with”.


    Besa “We believe schools deserve peace of mind when they buy products from BESA members. That’s why we make sure every company that applies to become a BESA member fulfils our rigourous membership criteria. And one part of BESA we expect all our members to adhere to our Code of Practice”





  • The Education Show 2013

    The YES Programme have booked their place at the forthcoming Education Show taking place March 14th, 15th and 16th 2013. We will be situated at stand B67 which is right next-door to the “Learn Live Primary theatre” and look forward to seeing as many teachers, governors and PTA members as possible over the 3 days. Watch this space for updates on what we will be doing on our stand to entice you to drop by.




We track research that highlights the importance of career education in the curriculum. Here is a list of some of the articles we have found, please feel free to click on the links.

  • Equality and Human Rights Commission

    ‘Many children are also starting to formulate stereotyped opinions around the world of work and higher education at this age, and it’s important to challenge this.’

    - Equality and Human Rights Commission - Current

  • ‘Do Primary School Children’s Career Aspirations Matter?

    ‘These protective factors are usually, but not necessarily, resource factors. One potential individual-level protective factor may be children’s career aspirations…we tested whether the association between family poverty and problem behaviour (internalising and externalising) in primary school children would be weaker among those with higher career aspirations.’

    - PDF Download - Sept 2012

  • ‘Youth unemployment: The crisis we cannot afford.’

    ‘Unemployment hurts at any age; but for young people, long-term unemployment scars for life. It means lower earnings, more unemployment, more ill health later in life. It means more inequality between rich and poor – because the pain hits the most disadvantaged.’

    - PDF Download - April 2012

  • The Guardian, Article by Jonathan Portes ‘High youth unemployment must be tackled, and fast.

    ‘Overwhelmingly, it is young people with few or no qualifications who can't find jobs…the route into work for these 16-to-18-year-olds is more like an unmarked field of landmines.’ 

    - Web link - April 2012

  • The Recruitment and Employment Confederation. REC meeting with Chris Grayling MP, Employment Minister.

    ‘…A structure is needed to embed careers advice within schools and make it easy for businesses to offer their support. Without proper attention, careers advice could fall by the wayside in the already pressurised school environment, leaving young people unprepared for the world of work.’

    - Web link - 6th March 2012

  • Careers advice chaos as 1 in 10 ignore new duty

    ‘Dr Hooley said there were three main options for schools. One is ‘activity-based’ where they arrange careers fairs or mentoring. The second is ‘service-based’ where schools provide a programme of advisory services, probably around options and exit of school. The third is where schools embed career learning in the curriculum and support it with ongoing access to careers information and advise. International evidence suggest that the later is the most effective approach.’

    - Web link - 1st March 2012

  • Good Timing: Implementing STEM careers strategy in secondary schools.
    Final Report of the STEM careers awareness Timeline Pilot.

    ‘Links between what young people learn in STEM subject lessons and the implications for career choice must be made explicit, since there is an incorrect assumption that pupils forge links between curricular subject knowledge and the jobs available to them. And their conclusion…  This work presents a challenge when considering the role of education in preparing young people for the future. What is a school’s responsibility for linking learning to what comes next? As schools have greater freedom to determine how pupils’ education is structured, how can we ensure that they include adequate opportunities for young people to consider confidently, the range of options open to them.'

    - Web link - November 2011

  • Schools must teach ‘employability skills’

    ‘This powerful research by Young Enterprise shows the British Public wants a sea of change in the way we teach our children to be responsible citizens and prepare them better for the world of work.’

    - Web link - 8th September 2011

  • ‘Primary Schools should offer career advice.’

    “It is never too early for people to start thinking about future careers and educational opportunities," he said. "Children in their last year of primary school can be inspired, and can form their first clear impressions of the world of work and further study." Simon Hughs MP.

    - Web link - June 2011

  • Ofsted  - Girls’ Career Aspirations.

    ‘Primary pupils taking part in the survey already had established views on work ‘role’ and quite stereotypical personal opinions even though they knew in principle that any job is possible, irrespective of gender.’

    - PDF Download - April 2011

  •  ‘All things being equal? Equality and diversity in careers education, information advice and guidance’.

    ‘A systematic approach to challenging vocational stereotypes that is embedded in the curriculum from Key Stage 2 could provide a more effective foundation for subsequent CEIAG.’

    - PDF Download - Spring 2011

  • Early Occupational Aspirations and Fractured Transiations: A Study of Entry into “NEET” Status in the UK.

    ‘The recent research states that young men and women with uncertain aspirations were roughly three times as likely to be NEET. The research also suggests that despite recently policy focus on improving career guidance, high numbers of young people still aspire to careers unmatched to their expected educational attainment.’

    - Web link  - October 2010

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