Careers Leader Information

Gatsby Benchmarks

 A framework of eight benchmarks is designed to be linked together to deliver the very best careers provision in schools, special schools and colleges. We've worked with Careers Leaders and our Network to identify the most useful resources to help you progress towards meeting them

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.

Gatsby Benchmark 1

Every pupil, and their parents, should have access to good-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information

Gatsby Benchmark 2


Pupils have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout

Gatsby Benchmark 3

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects to a wide range of future career paths

Gatsby Benchmark 4

Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace.

Gatsby Benchmark 5

Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks

Gatsby Benchmark 6

All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace

Gatsby Benchmark 7

Every pupil should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a careers adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all pupils but should be timed to meet their individual needs

Gatsby Benchmark 8

The SEND Community of Practice (CoP) is part of the East Sussex Careers Hub and was set up in April 2020. The CoP brings together special schools, specialist 16-19 colleges, and mainstream schools and academies with a high percentage of SEND students. Its purpose is to focus on a collaborative approach to the achievement of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance for these schools, and to ensure that career outcomes are improved for all young people with SEND. The CoP meets three times a year, and operates alongside the Careers Hub Forum, and focuses on providing professional development and networking opportunities for Careers Leaders, sharing of best practice and the development of resources specific to the SEND cohort.

SEND Community of practice