The Gatsby Benchmarks

SEND Community of Practice

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.

Below you will find relevant resources. For further inquiries or to become a part of the East Sussex SEND CoP, please contact :

Find the latest SEND CoP newsletters below

June 2020 Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter

September 2020 Newsletter

November 2020 Newsletter

February 2021 Newsletter

September 2021 Newsletter

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.
  • Read through this 'Aide Memoir' created by The Education People to find out about the history of Vocational Profiling and how Vocational Profiles can be used:

Vocational Profile Template, interactive PDF , 16 + Version

Vocational Profile Template, interactive PDF, 12-16 version

Resources to promote the importance of careers education to the parents/carers of young people with SEND 

A delivery plan on the importance of Careers Education in Special Secondary Schools

A powerpoint to support the delivery plan.

Top trumps resource pack to be used within the delivery of the workshop.

See further resources to support your SEND cohort under Gatsby Benchmark 3. 

iCan Campaign & Events

The iCan campaign has been developed to support young people in Year 9 upwards, and their parents, carers and supporters, who have barriers to accessing mainstream careers events, such as students with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND), social, emotional or mental health issues, or other barriers. The event is designed to help young people develop confidence as they progress through education and into employment and enable them to become more independent as they transition into adulthood.

The iCan 2022 event will be taking place in-person at Towner Gallery in Eastbourne on Thursday 30th June 2022. The Careers Hub are looking for employers and education, training and apprenticeship provides to host a stand and bring something engaging for young people or to come along and have an informal chat about further education, apprenticeships, traineeships or employment.

Schools/Colleges, employers and apprenticeship and training providers can sign-up to attend iCan 2022 by emailing the Careers Hub team at

Our range of iCan resources, available here on our Careers East Sussex website can provide helpful information and advice about local post-16 education & employment pathways, and the organisations & tools young people can access to assist them on their journey.

As part of the iCan Campaign a series of posters have been created showcasing young people from East Sussex thriving either in education, local supported employment or full time / part time employment. Please download and print your own copies or email us if you would like support in accessing more materials.

Are you interested in finding out more about careers? Watch the 2021 iCan virtual event below:

 Would you like to learn more about the options available to you post-16? Find out here: