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Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby benchmarks ensure that every young person aged 13 and over will receive exposure to local employers in order to gain a greater understanding of the world of work.

The benchmarks also offer individualised information, advice and guidance around a range of post-16 education offers, from sixth form to technical college to university and apprenticeships, enabling young people to make informed choices about their future.

The eight benchmarks set out in the Good Career Guidance report serve as a framework for improvement in careers provision and have been adopted as part of the Government's Careers Strategy and statutory guidance for schools and colleges.

1. A Stable Careers Programme

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTOR

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.

Our Strategy
Activity Learning Aims & Objectives Roles & Responsibility Future Developments
Named Careers Lead to be added to school website.

Awareness of responsibility for careers promoted with parents, students and stakeholders.

Careers Lead

Admin Officer responsible for Website

School careers section to have a complete review with proposed additions: labour market information and direct links to Unifrog.

Set up an evaluation process for both staff and students.

Identify gaps within in staff and students career related learning from years 7-13

Careers Lead

Senior Leadership Team

Evaluation process to be develop and audit of gaps in knowledge to be completed.

Set up a link careers representative for each department.

Incorporation of careers within subjects.

Careers Lead

Heads of Department

Nomination of department careers link representative to co-ordinate the delivery of careers within the department, distribute careers resources as directed by the Careers Lead.

HOD to undergo Compass Plus training to add career-related activities for their department.

Careers training for new teaching staff.

Developing an understanding of embedding careers in the curriculum.

Careers Lead

Senior Leadership Team

Careers session added to staff induction process to include training on Unifrog, the school’s careers platform.

 

2. Learning from Careers and Labour Market Information

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTOR

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 best use of available information.

Our Strategy
Activity Learning Aims & Objectives Roles & Responsibility Future Developments

CPD sessions within subject departments.

To incorporate Labour market information within lessons.

Careers Lead

Senior Leadership Team

Heads of Department and Subject Leaders

Continued use of Unifrog careers resources in lessons and PSHE.

Embedding of labour market widgets and links in school website.

To provide access to LMI for staff, parents and stakeholders.

Careers Lead

Senior Leadership Team

Admin Officer responsible for website

 

Identification of local LMI to update parents via school newsletter, information days/open sessions, Careers Day.

To view the Labour Market Profile for Lambeth, please click here.

3. Addressing the Needs of Each Student

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTOR

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.

Our Strategy
Activity Learning Aims & Objectives Roles & Responsibility Future Developments

CPD sessions with staff to tackle stereotyping and to raise aspirations.

To challenge stereotypical thinking.

Whole school

Displays around to school to challenge stereotypical thinking, promote STEM

Displays of alternate pathways into careers such as apprenticeships/degree apprenticeships.

Consideration of a careers report to be attached to annual school report to demonstrate careers learning.

To provide the student with a copy of their career-related learning, to inform parents and carers.

Careers Lead

Senior Leadership Team

Heads of Department

Data to be extracted from Compass + and incorporated with annual school reports.

 

4. Linking Curriculum to Careers

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTOR

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.

Our Strategy
Activity Learning Aims & Objectives Roles & Responsibility Future Developments

Careers audit by subject careers link sent to Head of Department.

To support careers provision within subjects and the curriculum.

Careers Lead

Head of Department

Subject Careers Link

Updating of Compass Plus with departmental careers information.

Careers Lead attendance to department meeting to add careers to the agenda.

To ensure the embedding of careers within the curriculum.

Careers Lead

Senior Leadership Team

Heads of Department

Careers Lead to report to SLT.

SLT line mangers to support the embedding of careers within the curriculum.

Displays within departments linking careers to curriculum.

To enable students to link subjects to career intentions.

Careers Lead

Heads of Department

Subject Careers Link

Resources to be provided, careers posters, external providers i.e., employers, apprenticeship service invited to talk/present in lessons and assemblies.

Promotion of careers on staff SharePoint.

To keep staff and students informed of career related opportunities.

Careers Lead

Senior Leadership Team

Resources to be added to SharePoint by Careers Lead, Subject Careers Link.

 

5. Encounters with Employers and Employees

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTOR

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.

Our Strategy
Activity Learning Aims & Objectives Roles & Responsibility Future Developments

Add employer focused events to the school calendar.

To enable students to access face to face employer information.

Careers Lead

Governors

Senior Leadership Team

Careers Day, targeted subject events, Medical Day, Law Day.

Employer-led activities and workshops.

Students to gain an understanding of the links between careers and learning.

  Face-to-face sessions with employers, interview workshops, CV writing sessions, mentoring.

 

6. Experience of Workplaces

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTOR

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.

Our Strategy
Activity Learning Aims & Objectives Roles & Responsibility Future Developments
Visits to businesses.

Linking of subject-related learning  to workplaces to support students understanding of careers.

Careers Lead

Senior Leadership Team

Heads of Department

Subject Teachers

Students’ activities to identify prior and post visit the links between careers and business.
Virtual engagement with businesses. Enable students to observe a real-life workplace. Whole school

Careers Lead, subject teachers and Heads of Department to develop relationships with employers to create engagement opportunities.

 

7. Encounters with FE and HE

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTOR

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.

Our Strategy
Activity Learning Aims & Objectives Roles & Responsibility Future Developments
Set up links to other organisations. Support the Baker Clause and promote a broad range of providers of learning opportunities.

Careers Lead

Senior Leadership Team

Heads of Department

 

Promotion of participation programmes for further education, universities, apprenticeships, FE colleges.

 

8. Personal Guidance

BENCHMARK DESCRIPTOR

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, 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 pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs.

Our Strategy
Activity Learning Aims & Objectives Roles & Responsibility Future Development

One-to-one interview at appropriate timing, in particular during the students’ significant study and careers choices.

To enable students to make informed decisions armed with appropriate information related to careers aspirations and pathways.

Careers Lead

Senior Leadership Team

Independent Careers Adviser

Careers Adviser to be present at parents’ evenings, results days.

Support for SEND and vulnerable students.

To manage career expectations, raise aspirations and meet individual needs.

Careers Lead

SLT

SENDCo

Independent Careers Adviser

Careers Adviser to attend meetings arranged with key workers and parents to maximise the impact of the students’ careers meeting.

 

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