Information for Staff
The government has created a framework of guidelines that as a school we should look to implement. These are known as the Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. The careers strategy is built around them, and they make a great place to start for planning or improving your programmes.
- A stable careers programme.
- Learning from career and labour market information.
- Addressing the needs of each pupil.
- Linking curriculum learning to careers.
- Encounters with employers and employees.
- Experiences of workplaces.
- Encounters with further and higher education.
- Personal guidance.
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It is important you know why your curriculum is being delivered to ensure that all our learners are provided with the best platform of success to get into the careers or profession they desire. You can make your subject careers driven – put a focus onto why they need to know this and how it will help them in the future. Things you could do to make an impact:
- Discuss pathways with your subject, and how it could be taken further at Post 16, degree level or through an apprenticeship, discussing the careers and jobs it could lead to.
- Create a departmental “Careers” display to show routes, and progression in your subject
- Create a poster to show Courses and Apprenticeships in your subject
- Create a display in your room to show why your subject is vital for careers and the world of work
- Invite a guest speaker from one of our local colleges or universities to promote and raise aspirations
- Invite a local business employee/employer to discuss how they use your subject in your lesson
- Arrange a visit to a workplace related to your subject area. Careers can be part of the focus.
- Ensure you liaise with Mr Potts as he may have contacts to help support your ideas.