The Gatsby Benchmarks

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 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.