Please find below, the links to our Careers Guldance Policy, Provider Access Policy and our Careers Timetable:

Careers Guidance Policy

Provider Access Policy

Cloughwood Academy Careers Timetable


The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Government’s Careers Strategy and statutory guidance uses the Gatsby Benchmarks to set out a range of requirements that schools and colleges must meet. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are the foundation of the Careers Strategy, a statutory requirement for secondary schools and colleges. 

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


What are the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks?

  1. A stable careers programme – All schools and colleges should have a stable careers programme which is known by students, teachers, parents and employers. This should include high-quality career advice and guidance.
  2. Learning from career and labour market information – All students and parents should have access to labour market information which includes post 16 and post 18 options. There should be a designated informed adviser who can help students and parents to understand this.
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil – Each student will require different career advice and guidance. Schools and colleges need to address the requirements of students as an individual. Equality and diversity should also be taken into consideration here.
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers – Teachers should explain how subjects which are being taught are related to careers outside of education. For example, maths can be heavily linked to a career in accounting.
  5. Encounters with employers and employees – Schools and colleges should organise for students to speak with employers and employees.
  6. Experiences of workplaces – Each student should have the opportunity to experience the world of work first hand. This will enable students to explore different career pathways and extend their network.
  7. Encounters with further and higher education – School and colleges should ensure students have a proper understanding of the learning opportunities available to them and this should cover all academic and vocational routes.
  8. Personal guidance – All students should have opportunities to meet with a career adviser to discuss guidance and career options.


Cloughwood Academy are currently working towards meeting 100% of the Gatsby Benchmarks. Using the expertise of our team, we have mapped out how each of our activities and events can support pupils to make informed choices and achieve their full potential.

At Cloughwood Academy, we measure and assess the impact of our careers programme on pupils through :

o    Destination measures for Y11 

o    Student voice, parent/staff feedback

o    Employer feedback

o    Visiting partners

o    Work experience evaluation

o    Compass self-evaluation tool


If you would like any further information on careers education and work experience, please email Rick McEvoy at or call 01606 537690.