SECONDARY schools need to do more to support pupils in making future career decisions, a report has found.

The report - 'Implementation of the careers and world of work framework in secondary schools' - published today by Estyn looks at how schools prepare young people for working life.

It argued that secondary schools need to ensure that pupils have access to "relevant and up-to-date information" so they can decide on future career decisions. One of the ways to achieve this is for schools to “facilitate” interviews and "regular discussions" among pupils about "all future options".

However the report found that only a minority of schools ensure that pupils receive personal interviews.

The report said: “In around half of schools, individual careers interviews are now only provided for pupils with additional learning needs or those identified as being at risk of not being engaged in education, employment or training.

“These schools rely on Careers Wales to undertake these interviews. Only a few schools ensure that all key stage 4 pupils have an interview to discuss their career options.”

It added: “A minority of schools do not use up-to-date information or resources to advise pupils.

“Only a few schools continue to use the Careers Wales website in key stage 4 to help pupils understand their post-16 options.

"A minority of schools participate in careers fairs or invite external speakers from, for example, local businesses."

As a result, pupils’ access to impartial advice and personal support "varies too much", the report warns.

Meilyr Rowlands, who is chief inspector for Estyn, said that pupils are not receiving the "same level of support" to help make future decisions.

She said: “Today’s report highlights that not all pupils are receiving the same level of support to help them make important decisions about their future education and career.

“All schools need to ensure that all their pupils are fully supported when making these decisions.

“They should be presented with the full range of post-16 options, be offered relevant work-focused experience, and have an interview to discuss their career.”

To view the report, visit