Coronavirus (COVID-19) information: Careers Leader programme members

Schools need great leadership more than ever. Working with us will give you the tools and networks to build a fairer education system. 

Last updated 8 January 2021


Due to the third national lockdown announced on 4 January 2021, we’ll now be pausing all face-to-face visits by support roles in schools until further notice. We’ll continue to provide online support to trainees, mentors, programme members and other key school stakeholders as we have been doing whilst considering how we can best support you in this new lockdown situation. Any further updates will be added to these web pages.

Read the updated guidance

New applicants

Following the successful launch of our 2020-21 programme, we are now accepting new enquiries for the next cohort of our Careers Leader programme starting in summer 2021.

Current programme members

If you have recently started the 2020-21 programme with us, rest assured that the programme will continue. But we’re making some changes to stay in line with the latest advice and keep you supported through this challenging time.

Your Development Lead will be in touch via email with further details about training events and learning visits scheduled from January 2021 onwards. We’ve redesigned our Careers Leader Programme so you can complete the programme flexibly around your schedule within government guidelines.

Each module is now a blend of online learning and a live seminar to facilitate group discussion and collaboration. One-to-one support from your Development Lead will be delivered via five video calls over the course of the programme. Your Development Lead will contact you to arrange these calls at a time and location that works for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

We know it’s an uncertain time. Below are answers to some frequently asked questions to provide more guidance. As circumstances change, we'll keep these updated with the latest information as soon as we’re able to provide it.

How will the programme be different due to COVID-19?

We recognise COVID-19 has resulted in unprecedented uncertainty for schools. Our programme is designed to support schools to develop a strategy and implementation plan that reflects individual school context which will be even more important in the 20-21 academic year. We’ve also taken a number of steps to respond to COVID-19 in terms of our practical delivery of the programme and reviewing our curriculum.

We postponed the programme start date to 1 October recognising that September will likely be busier than usual for schools. We’ve also taken the decision to postpone in-person events to the spring and summer terms – to reduce the risk of events being restricted and to reduce the need for careers leaders to be off school site in the autumn term. We will review the guidance regarding in-person events on an ongoing basis and will also provide alternative arrangements should a programme member be shielding.

How will the programme respond to changes in careers education due to COVID-19?

We’re working with a range of partners to reflect the changing labour market and prepare you to lead careers at this critical time. We’re developing our curriculum to reflect changes in the economy and the skills young people need to successfully make their next steps. You'll also receive more support on virtual solutions and best practice in a world where face-to-face careers activity is likely to be restricted.

How will I connect with other careers leaders regionally and nationally?

We work with careers leaders across England and provide opportunities to connect with careers leaders at a national and regional level. At online seminars you will get to know careers leaders who are working in schools in your region. Through events, online seminars and (when appropriate) visits to other contexts, you will share ideas, collaborate and problem-solve with schools local to you and schools working on similar priorities.

We encourage careers leaders to get involved with our regional and national networks. You’ll hear more about this over the programme. A great place to start making the most of this community is by following @TFCareersNetwork and @TF_Ambassadors on Twitter. 

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