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The Gatsby Benchmarks


In the December 2017 Careers Strategy and the January 2018 Statutory guidance for careers, the Department for Education adopted the Gatsby Benchmarks as the benchmarks of best practice careers provision. From January 2018, schools are required to evidence how they are meeting each benchmark with their students and should meet them all by the end of 2020 .


How can SETPOINT Hertfordshire help you to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks?


SETPOINT Hertfordshire have access to 650+ STEM Ambassadors from local employers who can visit your school free of charge.  Put employers at the heart of your careers programme by adopting these benchmarks, and bringing in STEM Ambassadors to support  a wide range of careers related activities


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Which benchmarks can we help with?


Benchmark 3 Addressing the needs of each pupil: 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.


Benchmark 4 Linking curriculum learning to careers: All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.              


Benchmark 5 Encounters with employers and employees: Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.


Benchmark 6 Experiences of workplaces: 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.


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.



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External Links:


Gatsby Good Career Guidance


The Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit

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