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The revisions to the matrix Standard are well underway and our community are working hard to make the standard fit for the next 10 years and beyond.


What does the review of the matrix Standard entail and what does it mean for the future of IAG?

Hear from some of our Executive Steering Group members who have shared their thoughts and hopes for the new standard on the mission to #makeIAGbetter.

What will the new elements be?

The revised matrix Standard will have 7 elements to it.

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

The first pilot assessment against the BETA version has been completed!

Education Development Trust, Employability and Careers who held the matrix Standard under the current criteria, have successfully achieved accreditation under the newly revised matrix Standard criteria. How did they find the new Standard and what did it mean to them to be part of the process and gain accreditation under the new criteria? 

Literature Review

The purpose and scope of the literature review is to identify the key features of good quality Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), so that these can be considered as part of the matrix Standard update in 2021.  The content draws on empirical evidence about effective Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG), gathered and analysed to inform a contemporary matrix quality standard ‘fit for purpose’ now and in the years ahead.

Literature Review: Executive Summary

Click here to read the Executive Summary to gain an insight the Literature Review for the Review of the matrix Standard.

Meet our Executive Steering Group and Advisory Group Members

  • 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 Gorgon - Careers England
  • Chris Jones - The Growth Company
  • Roger Chapman - The Growth Company
  • 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


Yes there will be a period of time when you can choose whether to be assessed against the previous version of the Standard or the new one.  The transition period will be for 6 months.

The revised Standard should be ready for launch at the end of 2022.  The exact date will be agreed with DfE as it may be subject to ministerial approval.

There will now be 7 Elements to be revised matrix Standard:

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

The previous version was 10 years old, and it needed to be reviewed to ensure that it was fit for the future.

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 previous standard and the new one.

We are now in the final stages after completing piloting during 2022. The final version is being presented to the DfE and the Executive Group for approval. 

Broadly the costing model remains the same although there are some changes planned for large colleges and National Careers Service provision.