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Gatsby Benchmark Resources

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks

This renowned framework of eight benchmarks is designed to be linked together to deliver the very best careers provision in schools, special schools and colleges. They've worked with Careers Leaders and their network to identify the most useful resources to help you progress towards meeting them.


Gatsby Benchmark 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.


Gatsby Benchmark 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 best use of available information.

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Gatsby Benchmark 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.

Gatsby Benchmark 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.

Careers in the Curriculum Slides

Watch the Careers in the Curriculum Gatsby Benchmark 4 Workshop

English lesson plan linked to Marketing, Social Media, Spelling and Grammar from Cariad Marketing

Hertfordshire LEP resources

STEM Careers Toolkit

STEM Secondary Schools CPD session overview


Gatsby Benchmark 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.

Gatsby Benchmark 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.

Gatsby Benchmark 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.

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Find out more about Gatsby Benchmark 7 in these workshops -

 Workshop 1 and  Workshop 2

Gatsby Benchmark 8 -Personal guidance

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.


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