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The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Government's careers strategy aims to make sure that all young people in secondary education get a programme of advice and guidance that is stable, structured and delivered by individuals with the right skills and experience. At Brooke School we use the Gatsby Benchmarks to measure the quality of our provision.

 

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 students, parents, teachers, governors, employers and other agencies.

 

  • Every school and college should have a stable, structured careers programme that has the explicit backing of the senior management team and has an identified and appropriately trained person responsible for it.

 

  • The careers programme should be published on the school’s or college’s website in a way that enables students, parents, school/college staff and employers to access and understand it.

 

  • The programme should be regularly evaluated with feedback from students, parents, school/college staff and employers as part of the evaluation process.

 

Gatsby Benchmark 2: Learning from career and labour market information

  • By the age of 14, all pupils should have accessed and used information about all career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions and study options.

 

  • During their study programme all students should access and use information about all career paths and the labour market to inform their own decisions about study options.

 

  • Parents should be encouraged to access and use information about labour markets and future study options to inform their support to their children.

 

Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers

  • By the age of 14, every pupil should have had the opportunity to learn how the different STEM subjects help people to gain entry to, and be more effective workers with, a wide range of careers.

 

  • Throughout their programme of study (and by the end of their course) every student should have had the opportunity to experience how their subjects help people gain entry to (and be more effective workers within) a wide range of occupations.

 

Gatsby Benchmark 5: Encounters with employers and employees

  • Every year, from the age of 11, pupils should participate in at least one meaningful encounter with an employer.

 

Gatsby Benchmark 6: Experiences of workplaces

  • By the age of 16, every pupil should have had at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.

 

  • By the age of 18, or before the end of their study programme, every student should have had at least one experience of a workplace, additional to any part-time jobs they may have.

 

Gatsby Benchmark 7: Encounters with further and higher education

  • By the age of 16, every student should have had a meaningful encounter with providers of the full range of educational opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. This should include the opportunity to meet both staff and students.

 

  • By the age of 18, or before the end of their programme of study, every student should have had a meaningful encounter with a range of providers of learning and training that may form the next stage of their career. This should include, as appropriate, further education colleges, higher education and apprenticeship and training providers. This should include the opportunity to meet both staff and students. 

 

Gatsby Benchmark 8: Personal Guidance

 

  • Every student should have at least one such interview by the age of 16, and the opportunity for a further interview by the age of 18.

 

 

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