Gatsby Benchmarks; what they are and how we meet them

Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them. In 2013 we commissioned Sir John Holman to research what pragmatic actions could improve career guidance in England and subsequently he developed the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks.

  1. A stable career programme - Careers Leader in post, SLT with responsibility for CEIAG.  Link governor in place.  Careers policy and detailed careers strategy in place, reviewed annually by both governors and SLT. Impact and feedback sought regularly by careers leader via evaluations, destination data, student, parent and staff surveys, focus groups and evaluations. We have a dedicated budget for careers and key information for students, parents, teachers and employers can be found on the careers section of our website.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information – Unifrog provides up to date LMI for job roles.  This is introduced at Year 7.  Talks to parents and students at options evening, subject specific information and presentations by local businesses.   Twitter feed and internal and external careers events.  Careers Manager/Adviser helps students to make the best use of available information. Parents are informed about key careers information via email or letter.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil – We organise a range of specific events to raise aspirations and challenge stereotypical career thinking and unconscious bias across the academy
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers – Careers targets are set and reviewed at Target Setting Day and Target Review Day. Staff career cards and career do now and lesson themes during national careers week.  CPD session to teaching staff on embedding career related learning delivered by Future First and guest Alumni.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees – All our pupils have the opportunity to meet with a range of employers at numerous events such as guest speakers, careers fairs, employability days, mock interviews, assemblies and presentations.
  6. Experience of work places – We have Year 12 work experience week to ensure students have had a meaningful experience of the workplace.   Workplace visits at local businesses.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education – The majority of students will have meaningful encounters with sixth form colleges, further education colleges, universities, independent training providers via careers fairs, open evening, results day, parent evenings.  Cambridge and Oxford University visits for high achieving students,  University talks and visits offered to all students.
  8. Personal guidance – We are one of the few schools lucky enough to have a full time level 6 Careers Adviser.  Parents and students from any year group can request a careers appointment and all students will be offered at least one appointment during year 11 and during year 12/13.  In addition, specific students such as those with an educational health care plans or those in targeted groups will be seen more frequently.