"Good Career Guidance is the key to social mobility: it is about showing young people- whatever their social and family background- the options open to them and helping them make the right choices to set them on the path to rewarding future careers”.

  • Good Career Guidance 2018- A guide for Secondary Schools 2018


Statutory Requirements and The Gatsby Benchmarks
The Government published its’ Careers Strategy in December 2017 – this sets out a long term plan to build a world class careers system that will help young people to choose the career that is right for them.
Each school must provide independent careers guidance from Y7-11.
Each school must allow pupils the opportunity to access a range of education and training providers.

What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?
In 2014, The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, provided schools with a clear blueprint of what a good careers provision in schools looks like.
The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are based on best national and international research and define all elements of an excellent careers programme.

GB1- A stable Careers Programme
Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers and employers.
HOW WE MEET THE BENCHMARK- Careers programme for all year groups.

GB2- Learning from career and labour market information
Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed L6 adviser to make best use of available information.
HOW WE MEET THE BENCHMARK- Careers Section on our website, regular careers workshops throughout the year and Unifrog.

GB3- Addressing the needs of each student
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
HOW WE MEET THE BENCHMARK- Careers Guidance and tracking pupils using Compass +.

GB4 Linking curriculum learning to careers
All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
HOW WE MEET THE BENCHMARK- Imbedded to the subject curriculum and personal development.
GB5 Encounters with employers and employees

Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
HOW WE MEET THE BENCHMARK- Interactions with employers and an opportunity to ask questions and feedback. 

GB6 Experiences of workplaces
Every student should have first-hand experiences* of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
HOW WE MEET THE BENCHMARK- Work Visits and interactions with employers and an opportunity to ask questions and feedback.

GB7 Encounters with further and higher education
All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and In the workplace.
HOW WE MEET THE BENCHMARK Careers provision, talks and visits from HE and FE providers.

GB8 Personal guidance
Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers advisor, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
HOW WE MEET THE BENCHMARK- Careers Guidance is provided for all Y11 students.