The Investors in Careers - Primary School Award

As a Licensed Awarding Body for the National Quality in Careers Standard, Investor in Careers has developed the Primary Award to contribute positively to the achievement of the Standard and Gatsby Benchmarks as well as Ofsted requirements for educational institutions and Multi Academy Trusts linked to Primary schools.

The Quality in Careers Standard through the Investor in Careers Primary School Award provides a clear framework to support the development of effective career learning from a Primary perspective.

The award seeks to develop pupils’ personal effectiveness skills and recognises excellence in developing thinking about personal qualities and learning about the world of work and job roles.

This also includes raising aspirations and preparing primary age pupils for the next stage of their education.  This should also encourage positive thinking about their future, help them to manage change effectively and to benefit from partnerships within the local community.

This award contributes positively to the Primary National Curriculum, links to The Quality in Careers Standard and is awarded under the auspices of the Quality in Careers Standard by Investor in Careers.

The Award can provide evidence towards meeting Ofsted’s assessment criteria.

The Award has five outcomes:

  • Management of career-related learning
  • Learning about work
  • Preparing pupils for transitions
  • Staff are appropriately trained.
  • Evaluation and development of career-related learning in the school.

These outcomes are assessed by an external assessor who will visit the school. They will examine the online portfolio evidence and speak to relevant people. This will include teaching staff, pupils, parents, and stakeholders from the school community.

The Award lasts for three years after which schools are encouraged to apply for reassessment.

Should you require further information regarding working towards the Quality in Careers Standard Primary Award please e-mail:

The Quality in Careers Standard is the National Quality Award for careers education, information, advice, and guidance (CEIAG) in secondary schools, colleges, and work-based learning. It is accessible in England, Northern Ireland, the Isle of Man, and the Channel Islands and is fully aligned with the Gatsby Benchmarks for “Good Career Guidance”. It fully complies with the Department for Education’s statutory guidance.

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