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The matrix Standard

Welcome to the Launch of The matrix Standard making the Standard fit for the next 10 years and beyond. Please see our 5 minute introduction video from Roger Chapman, Head of Service

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Launch Video

The matrix Standard launch video with Roger Chapman, Head of Service and Dr. Deirdre Hughes OBE, Chair of the Review

Upcoming Webinars on The matrix Standard

Meet our Executive Steering Group and Advisory Group Members

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  • Dr. Dierdre Hughes (Chair) – DMH Associates
  • Jennifer Wallis – Department for Education
  • Scott Parkin – Institute of Employability Professionals (IEP)
  • Carolyn Parry – Career Development Institute (CDI)
  • Julia Waterhouse – National Careers Service
  • Sarah Baker – National Careers Service
  • Kathy Leahy – External Verifier
  • Kieran Gordon – Careers England
  • Chris Jones – The Growth Company
  • Roger Chapman – The Growth Company
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  • Babington
  • Brook
  • Valkyrie Support Services
  • The Coalfields Regeneration Trust
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Gloucestershire College
  • Keith Cook Training Ltd
  • Northamptonshire Adult Learning
  • Firebrand Training Ltd.
  • M.I.T. Skills
  • Oldham College
  • Qube learning
  • Southampton City Council – Communities, Culture, & Homes
  • The Careers Group
  • West Midlands Combined Authority
  • The Open University
  • Citizens Advice
  • NCS – Education and Development Trust
  • NCS Prospects
  • NCS – Growth Company
  • Growth Company
  • Quality in Careers
  • Lantra
  • University of Nottingham
  • Toolshed / New Meaning
  • iCeGS
  • Self Employed
  • Hopwood Hall College
  • Gatsby Foundation
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company
  • Hartlepool Borough Council
  • Money Advice and Pension Service
  • Leicester City Council / HOLEX
  • Ambitious About Autism
  • Fareport
  • Black Country Housing Group
  • Learn Plus
  • Achievement Training Ltd
  • Well Consultancy
  • South Staffs College
  • City Gateway
  • Careers Wales
  • Careers Service (Northern Ireland)
  • Skills Development Scotland
  • Holex
  • Darnall Forum
  • Deere Apprenticeships
  • Entrust
  • Loughborough College
  • South Staffs College
  • Newcastle UXL
  • Bury College
  • Northampton College
  • ProVQ Ltd
  • Suffolk New College  
  • Sussex Council of Training Providers
  • MAXIMUS People Services
  • Association of Colleges
  • Carefree Cornwall Fostering Independence

Project Timeline

Revised matrix Standard Frequently Asked Questions

Will there be a transition period for the Revised Standard? add remove

Yes, there will be a period of time when your assessment must be completed – you can choose whether to be assessed against the 2011 version of the Standard or the 2023 one. The transition period will be from the 16th of May – 31st of Dec 2023.

(the timescale for the full transition will be until 2026 as your three-year assessment falls due)

What other support will be available? add remove

We will offer free webinars to introduce the 2023 version and answer any questions you may have. Roger Chapman, Head of Service and David Crosby, MBE and Licenced Assessor will be hosting the webinars. Please see here to sign up.

For further paid support, please see here for further details.

Are there any changes to the elements? add remove

There will now be 7 Elements in the 2023 matrix Standard:

  • Purpose
  • Resource
  • Offer
  • Delivery
  • Outcomes for individuals
  • Impacts for organisations
  • Continuous Improvement


This incorporates the previous 2011 elements.

Why was the Standard Updated? add remove

The previous version was 10 years old, and the Department for Education (DfE) wanted the Standard to remain world-class.

Has the Standard changed? add remove

It’s an evolution of the previous standard to modernise it. Whilst it is broadly similar, there will be a document which sets out the differences between the 2011 Standard and the 2023 one.

Will it cost more to be assessed? add remove

Broadly no, the costing model remains similar although there are some changes planned for large colleges and National Careers Service provision. Please speak to us if you have any queries about the cost.

Start your matrix Standard Assessment Journey Today!

matrix Standard is the Department for Education’s (DfE) standard for ensuring the delivery of high-quality information, advice and guidance (IAG)


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