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    The Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit Practical signposting tools for schools

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    The Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit


    CLAUDIA HARRIS, CEO, THE CAREERS & ENTERPRISE COMPANY The fast-changing world of work puts an ever-greater demand on all of us to support young people in making a successful transition from education to employment, helping them to identify and choose career opportunities that are right for them. The government’s new Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, and statutory guidance for school leaders and school staff, published in January 2018, set out the plan for building a high- quality careers system that will help young people to achieve. Thanks to Sir John Holman and The Gatsby Charitable Foundation, we have a clear blueprint of what good careers provision looks like. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are based on best national and international research and define all the elements of an excellent careers programme. The Gatsby Benchmarks have now been put at the heart of the Careers Strategy, with an expectation that all schools will begin working toward the benchmarks, meeting them in full by the end of 2020. This practical toolkit from The Careers & Enterprise Company focuses on the Gatsby Benchmarks. It is designed to help schools identify what ‘good’ looks like across all eight benchmarks. It includes case studies of best practice as well as tips and practical suggestions for putting the benchmarks into practice. I hope that the toolkit will assist teachers and Career Leaders in understanding how the benchmarks can help all young people to reach their full potential.

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    INTRODUCTION Practical signposting tools for schools

    THE GATSBY BENCHMARKS OF GOOD CAREER GUIDANCE In 2014, Lord Sainsbury’s Gatsby Charitable Foundation published a report by Professor Sir John Holman, Adviser in Education at the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, titled “Good Career Guidance.”

    The report identified eight benchmarks that are the core dimensions of good careers and enterprise provision in schools:

    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

    Good Career Guidance and further resources can be downloaded from the Gatsby website.

    WHY THE GATSBY BENCHMARKS ARE IMPORTANT The Gatsby Benchmarks have a key role in:

    • raising young people’s aspirations and promoting access to all career pathways

    • enabling all young people to develop the skills and outlook they need to achieve career wellbeing, including adaptability and resilience

    • underpinning the Department for Education guidance to schools on meeting their statutory responsibility for careers guidance.

    For more information, see: Good Career Guidance

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    INTRODUCTION Practical signposting tools for schools

    THE CAREERS & ENTERPRISE COMPANY FOCUS The Careers & Enterprise Company exists to prepare and inspire young people for the fast-changing world of work by creating career opportunities and connections to potential employers.

    To do this, we established a national network to connect schools and colleges, employers and career programme providers. Through our investment funds we are also able to back proven ideas, funding high quality careers and enterprise activity in areas of need.

    The Careers Strategy, published in December 2017, identifies a broader role for The Careers & Enterprise Company across all eight of the Gatsby Benchmarks and gives us a core role in the implementation of the strategy.

    This toolkit has been created as a practical signposting tool to show schools how the Gatsby Benchmarks can be implemented in practice.

    It would also be useful to review this document alongside The Careers & Enterprise State of the Nation which describes the careers and enterprise provision in secondary schools in England in the academic year 2016 / 2017.

    COMPASS AND TRACKER DIGITAL TOOLS To help schools meet the Gatsby Benchmarks, we have developed the Compass evaluation tool. Compass is a fundamental building block of a stable careers programme and helps schools to:

    • evaluate their careers activity in around 30 minutes

    • compare their school to the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance

    • identify strengths and areas for improvement

    • get relevant online resources to help them improve on their score

    • easily share their results with their Enterprise Coordinator and Adviser, along with other colleagues, or their central Academy team if they choose.

    Once the Compass evaluation has been completed, schools can then use Tracker, a planning tool designed to help:

    • build and manage their annual development plan to improve benchmark scores

    • easily record events, classes and all careers activities in one place

    • evaluate completed careers activities

    • access, download and share the careers plan in Word or Excel format with their Enterprise Coordinator, Enterprise Adviser, colleagues, Leadership Team, Ofsted etc directly from the account.

    We have also developed a pilot ‘Find an activity provider’ directory, which can help schools find programmes we fund, generally focused on employer engagements in schools.

    HOW TO READ THIS TOOLKIT Each benchmark is broken down into the following key sections:

    • What good looks like: contains the definition of the individual benchmark as laid out in The Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance

    • Why this matters: outlines why this benchmark should be a focus and how it contributes to outstanding careers provision

    • What this means in practice: guidance and steps that schools can follow to meet the benchmark

    • Top tips for schools: actionable tips on how to start to deliver the benchmark

    • Top tips for employers: actionable tips for your employer partners in supporting benchmark delivery

    • Example resources: these are example only and will be updated regularly. Continue to check online.

    WHO IS THIS FOR? This toolkit has been written for schools.

    You can find the The SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit here.

    A college guide will be produced separately.

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    INTRODUCTION Practical signposting tools for schools

    10 QUICK WINS TO IMPROVE CAREER GUIDANCE IN YOUR SCHOOL 1. Have a named person responsible for careers, a Careers


    2. Complete Compass to evaluate your current provision.

    3. Join the Enterprise Adviser Network and gain access to an Enterprise Coordinator, Enterprise Adviser and the career planning tool Tracker.

    4. Update your website with information about your careers programme.

    5. Start early, in year 7.

    6. Engage all stakeholders including parents and employers.

    7. Develop careers content in all subjects, not just Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE).

    8. Take advantage of labour market resources and make them available to all students and parents.

    9. Provide all students with information on all routes.

    10. Provide experience of workplaces for all students.

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    GATSBY BENCHMARK 1 A stable careers programme

    WHAT GOO D LOOKS LIKE Every school should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

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

    • The careers programme should be published on the school’s website so students, parents, teachers and employers can access and understand it.

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

    WHAT THIS MEANS IN PRACTICE • The careers programme has strong backing from the

    headteacher or principal, senior leaders and governing body. It needs to be embedded into the structures of the school and its position should be recognised and secure. This means the programme can continue to be developed to meet the needs of students. It is not entirely dependent on the goodwill of individuals or vulnerable to competing education priorities.

    • The programme is coordinated and led by an appropriately trained and supported Careers Leader. A Careers Leader is responsible and accountable for the delivery of their allocated school’s programme of career advice and guidance. It is a senior ro