The Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby Benchmark 8: Personal guidance

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

Here you will find resources to support schools to meet 100% in Gatsby Benchmark 8.



Providing careers guidance

  • The Career Development Institute’s Guide to Best Practice and Commissioning Independent Career Guidance Services. It includes advice on best practice as well as support on how to commission external support if you need to source an external careers professional.
  • The Careers and Enterprise Company’s What Works in Personal Guidance has a summary of the key research on best practice in careers guidance.

Supporting learners with special educational needs to succeed

  • The SEND Community of Practice has designed two Vocational Profiles, unique to East Sussex. Vocational Profiles can be used in both Secondary and Post 16 settings to enable students to identify and develop their skills and capabilities, and to communicate them to others.

Vocational Profile Template, interactive PDF , 16 + Version

Vocational Profile Template, interactive PDF, 12-16 version

Help with Gatsby Benchmark 8 

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