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Careers guidance

All maintained schools and support centres have a duty to secure independent and impartial careers guidance for all students in years eight to 13. This duty is also extended to academies and free schools through their funding agreements.

All schools must also work with the local authorities to support vulnerable young people, including those with special educational needs, and those who are excluded or at risk of being excluded.

School governing bodies must ensure that pupils are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 to year 13. The guidance should be given in an independent and impartial manner.

The advice and guidance should include information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways.

Currently careers advice is provided to young people and pre-16s with special educational needs and disabilities who attend a mainstream school by the school's careers service. The multi-agency team personal adviser will be able to support them with the careers action plan provided by the school's careers service.