The Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby Benchmark 7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education

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

Here you will find resources to support schools to meet 100% in Gatsby Benchmark 7.

What Next Sussex 2021

The post-16 options event What Next Sussex took place on 7th October. You can still access the videos and see the Q&As with colleges, sixth forms, apprenticeship and training providers and employers, just go to this web page

Post-18 options

  • Aspire: Free resources enable Year 12 and 13 teachers to deliver an effective and engaging assembly or lesson about  post-18 options, including university, school leaver programmes and apprenticeships.
  • Play careers Monopoly with your post 16s to help them to plan their next steps.


All East Sussex schools and colleges with students in years 10 – 13 can access apprenticeship support from ASK (Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for schools and colleges programme). ASK has resources and activities for students, parents, teachers and governors, mapped against the Gatsby Benchmarks. The full brochure outlining the support available can be downloaded. To book support for your school click here.

T levels

Introduce students to T levels with this Department for Education video:


And access more T level videos by subject.

Government resources to help teachers to engage pupils and parents with T levels.

Supported Employment for young people with SEND

For information about supported employment for young people with SEND, please see this page.


  • UCAS is a comprehensive guide to university and the portal through which students apply. Students can watch virtual tours of universities around the UK. Remind year 8-9 students picking their GCSE options to look at university entry requirements to inform their GCSE and A level choices.
  • The Office for Students provides guidance for students on what they can expect from a university education.
  • Brilliant Club  provide resources for students preparing for highly selective universities.
  • Sutton Trust runs summer schools and courses for very able students from disadvantaged backgrounds.
  • A workbook for students to use in tutor time, to help them to think about their university choices and how to prepare: The University Choice Journal

Local universities

The University of Sussex Access Programme for students in Year 12 and above offers support and guidance for decisions about Higher Education. It includes advice on topics such as accommodation and personal statement writing, live online webinars and workshops and the opportunity to talk to current students. To find out about University of Sussex activities for year 11 and below, schools and colleges can contact the Schools Partnership Manager, Chris Derbyshire.

Brighton University offers a programme of support for primary and secondary school and college students. Activities include advice for parents, assemblies, virtual tours, and sessions on study skills, apprenticeships and raising aspirations. There are short pre-recorded videos for use in assemblies and tutor time for years 7, 8 and 9 (theme: What could I do at university? Will I fit in?), and for Years 10 and 11 (Theme: What do I need to do to go to university? What should I do at college? Why should I go to university?) To find out more email the outreach team. Young people can also connect directly with University of Brighton students to put their questions to them.

Help with Gatsby Benchmark 7 

Ask your Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser for further advice and consult the Careers and Enterprise Company's resource directory.