The Careers strategy launched by the government in December 2017 and subsequently the new statutory guidance published in January 2018, set out new requirements for schools and colleges. The ‘Gatsby Benchmarks’ are outlined below.
Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
Every student, 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.
Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A School’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of career paths.
Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
Every student should have first hand experience of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities and expand their networks.
All students 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.
Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career 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 careers choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.