The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. The Careers Strategy is built around them, and they make a great place to start for planning or improving your programme.
The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are:
|1. A stable careers programme
|Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
|2. Learning from career and labour market information
|Every pupil, 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 adviser to make the best use of available information.
|3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
|Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
|4. 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.
|5. Encounters with employers and employees
|Every pupil 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.
|6. Experiences of workplaces
|Every pupil 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.
|7. Encounters with further and higher education
|All pupils 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.
|8. Personal guidance
More information on the Gatsby Benchmarks can be found here: https://www.careersandenterprise.co.uk/schools-colleges/understand-gatsby-benchmarks