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For nearly 30 years the Good Schools Guide has provided trusted help and advice to parents, helping them with one of the most important questions they face - choosing the right school for their child. The Good Careers Guide (GCG) is a natural development of that help, aimed particularly at young people making decisions about their futures.

Schools' careers departments:

How to evaluate them

Outside advice and interventions that schools can use to help your child - and our views on them

The best in apprenticeships:

What to look for in a worthwhile apprenticeship

The GCG's reviews of the ones that you might reasonably prefer to university

Celebrating apprenticeships

Our project to encourage schools to celebrate apprenticeships gained by their alumni

Improving access to careers information:

Our Aviator project, connecting careers information



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    In partnership with The National Apprenticeship Service (NAS), we are trialling a campaign to see if saying Thank You to schools and teachers increases their interest in putting more students forward for apprenticeships. We would be delighted if you felt able to share the message below, or a version of it, with your current apprentices, or those who have recently completed an apprenticeship with you. Thank you in advance for your help and, if you have any queries at all, please do get in touch

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