The Gatsby Benchmarks Explained

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are the foundation of the Careers Strategy, a statutory requirement for maintained schools, academies, further education colleges and sixth form colleges. 

Providing high-quality career guidance in schools and colleges is vital to young people so they can make well-informed decisions on their future. The best career provision is essential to the reforms of technical education and social equality.

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

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Teachers are the most influencial people within the school setting, and the students really enjoy the lessons, but are currently unsure where the subject can take them.

Benchmark 4 Careers in the curriculum is linking school curriculum with the world of work to increase engagement within the classroom as well as raising awareness of careers in the labour market.

This is one of the most essential benchmarks, and you can help raise aspirations by incorperating careers into your lessons.

Some of the ways you can do this:

  • Careers related starter activities- careers websearches and quizzes
  • VIP calls with employers virtually via skype, zoom or teams- link the employer and job role with your learning topic.
  • Play videos linked to your subject and topic using BBC bite size careers/ A-Z of jobs, ICOULD/ explore careers and careersbox.
  • Employer led classroom workshops, learn about the topic and careers while building essential skills

For more information on benchmark 4 and resources to use in the classroom, click here!

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