The 10 schools in this report that demonstrated good practice in careers education and guidance for their students had an ongoing focus on ensuring their students understood their strengths and options and had considerable opportunities to plan for their future. They had been involved in targeted professional development with external experts and had many opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding.

These schools had built strong community networks with families, community groups, and local businesses to help students to understand some of the opportunities available to them.

They developed their programmes and monitored how well new programmes and practices were put in place.

The schools with the most successful careers programmes had worked with Careers New Zealand and used the Careers Education Benchmarks to review their practices and improve their provision for students.

Most leaders and teachers recognised that careers education and guidance improved students’ self awareness and motivation by showing them the relevance of their courses to their future. As a result, students at these schools knew what they had to do next, what courses they should undertake and were supported to reach their goals.