Welcome to the National Association of Careers and Guidance Teachers (NACGT) in partnership with the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG). ACEG is the leading association for careers staff in schools and colleges in England and Wales.
Below you will find links to the main pages on this NACGT website.
- News – Latest information about the careers scene.
- About – Information about the ACEG, who we are, and how to contact us.
- Resources – Resources from the ACEG for careers teachers.
- Links – Links to other useful careers web sites.
General Information, Mission Statement:
The mission of the NACGT is to support its members in the delivery of high quality careers education and guidance by:
- the regular dissemination of information
- the provision of networks to support practitioners at local, national and international level
- offering consultancy and advice in the field of careers education and guidance and the training of practitioners and seeking to influence key decision makers and funders
Background Information:The National Association of Careers and Guidance Teachers (NACGT) was founded in 1969.
Since then the Association has faced many changes in education and in careers work, but has established itself as the leading body for careers education and guidance in England and Wales.
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NACGT aims to:
- promote the highest professional standards for careers education and guidance
- promote recognition of the work of those individuals involved in providing careers education and guidance wherever it takes place
- seek the provision of adequate resources for careers education and guidance wherever it takes place
- promote initial and in-service training facilities for all teachers and other professionals involved in careers education and guidance
- encourage research and assist in the dissemination of information on all aspects of careers education and guidance
- encourage and support the development of local and regional networks of teachers and other professionals engaged in careers education and guidance
- liaise with other organisations involved in careers education and guidance, to ensure effective co-operation and mutual support
- develop and promote a philosophy and practice of careers education and guidance, which will be appropriate and responsive to the needs of young people in England and Wales
The Association seeks to achieve these objectives through an Executive Council of up to fifteen members, including five Officers, elected by members of the Association. The AGM takes place during the Annual Conference. Officers are elected for one year and Council members for two years. The Executive Council meets six times a year to formulate policy and carry out the business of the Association.
There is also a network of about 30 contacts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that includes Executive Council members. These network members share the work of representing the Association at meetings and events around the country and act as a regional point of contact for all members.
The Association aims to meet the needs of its members through four main activities:
Support for professional development
In July each year the Association organises a conference on a topical theme relevant to careers education and guidance. Council members are prominently involved in training courses throughout England and Wales. The Association provides support materials for members. It also promotes research activities, with this work co-ordinated by a designated Council member. The Association has produced a number of development briefings, makes prompt responses to topics of immediate concern to practitioners and has produced and distributed Position Papers and Updates covering a range of issues.
Lobbying at a national level to raise standards in CEG, NACGT aims to influence government and other significant decision makers in the field of careers education and guidance through its meetings with the DfES and its Supporting Children and Young People Group. It maintains contacts with QCA, OFSTED, the TTA and other professional associations, including the Institute of Career Guidance (ICG), Careers England and other European and international organisations.
NACGT is represented on the Advisory Group of the Guidance Council, the Advisory Committee of the National Institute for Careers Education and Counselling (NICEC) and on the advisory committees of several other organisations. It is an active participant in developing new initiatives with Careers Wales, the Welsh Assembly Government and the Qualifications, Curriculum and Assessment authority for Wales (ACCAC). In these ways the Association is able to inform as well as to influence other bodies on behalf of its members.
Providing information and disseminating relevant initiatives NACGT sets out to provide a high quality information service for its members. This service includes four to five issues of the NACGT Journal and five Newsletters, as well as Occasional Papers, Position Papers and Updates. Publications of other professional bodies are occasionally distributed to members. NACGT hosts its own website which offers copies of its publications and access to other CEG websites.
Supporting membersThe Association works continuously to improve its administration and services to members. The Association has about 2000 members and aims to increase membership to cover every secondary school and FE College in England and Wales. Currently the annual subscription is only £40 per annum (this rises to £50 from April 2006). This includes all the services listed above.
The Association regularly reviews the strategies it employs to provide an effective service to members and any comments you have about this will contribute to the ongoing review process.