New KPMG research covering primary, secondary, special schools and academies shows that the quality and amount of education and employer engagement varies considerably between schools. A total of 63% of schools say that employer engagement is very beneficial or extremely beneficial. While 75% of school leaders believe that employer engagement has a positive impact on exam results and academic attainment.
The report concludes: “Schools believe that as well as adding to the skills of the young people, partnerships with employers inspire and motivate young people, who not only see the possibilities that they have after school, but understand to a greater extent the importance of their school work. Our interviews with head teachers supported this, with almost all mentioning in particular the importance of employer engagement in raising aspirations amongst pupils at an early age, especially in areas with high levels of deprivation.”
For the full report visit: Investigation of school employer partnerships, KPMG 2010