Gatsby Benchmark

BM1: A Stable Careers Programme  


  • Careers programme that is progressive and individualised to pupils based on pupil’s long-term outcomes that are aspirational.  
  • Internal (L6 trained) careers advisor.  
  • Deputy Headteacher Careers Leader (trained) 
  • Formal careers programme from year 7 following CDI Framework  
  • Informal curriculum opportunities through thematic planning in primary and early years  
  • Weekly targeted intervention with key groups of pupils with careers advisor (L6) 
  • Careers programme shared with all stakeholders.  
  • Learner voice regularly used to gain feedback and develop provision.  
  • KS5 to follow formal employability qualification through ASDAN. 
  • Whole school events: work inspiration week, class jobs, fruit stall (primary), whole school jobs. 
  • Colleges and sixth forms event combined with parents evening.  

BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information  

  • Labour market information used to plan options subjects for KS4 and KS5 pupils so that they have an insight into key work areas in their local area.  
  • Local labour market information shared with stakeholders on website, internal communication systems  
  • 1:1 impartial careers’ guidance and support for pupils and parents including labour market information, future destinations 
  • Careers advisor available at all parents' evenings for guidance and support  
  • Careers Advisor joins EHCP reviews for pupils at transition ages in secondary  
  • Warwickshire transition guide shared with pupils at EHCP meetings  
  • Internal and external work experience  
  • Links with local businesses to provide workplace experiences  

BM3: Addressing the needs of each student  

  • Individualised work place visits for pupils from year 9 onwards (where appropriate)  
  • Visits to range of next providers before destinations are decided  
  • Transition visits to sixth forms and colleges including specialist and mainstream provisions 
  • Transition support is individualised based on pupils needs  
  • Parents/ carers and any outside agencies involved in transition support planning  
  • Master classes in universities  
  • Individualised and appropriate support for parents and pupils at EHCP meetings and individual careers guidance meetings  
  • Transition support for identified leavers including information sharing, visits to chosen destination, travel training applications  
  • Accessible employability and independent living training for all pupils  


BM4: Linking Curriculum Learning to Careers   

  • TLR Holders to consider careers links to planning  
  • Whole school ‘work inspiration’ week including focus on traineeships, apprenticeships  
  • Careers lessons taught explicitly from KS3 upwards Whole school functional skills development through teaching explicit functional skills in core subjects and including real world links 
  • Careers programme individualised based on pupils’ pathways that are aspirational and progressive 
  • Functional skills explicitly highlighted in the curriculum  
  • In school enterprise activities to develop skills earlier in education  
  • Internal and external work experience opportunities organised by careers and work experience coordinator (personalised) 
  • Employer visits to appropriate workplaces  

BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees 

  • All pupils from year 7 have at least one meaningful encounter (where appropriate) a year with employers or employees 
  • Primary pupils’ internal encounters  
  • Strong lasting links with local employers  
  • Local labour market information and pupils’ abilities matched to the encounters  
  • Encounters are progressive as pupils move through education  
  • Industrial Cadet Bronze Award through Willmott Dixon  

BM6: Experience of Workplaces  

  • At least one external work place visit by end of KS4 (where appropriate) 
  • A further external work place visit by end of KS5 
  • Work place visits are tailored to pupil interests and local labour information  
  • Careers and Work Experience Coordinator establishes links with work place the level of support needed for pupils  
  • Work place visits consider disability confident employers. 

BM7: Encounters with Further or Higher Education  

  • Appropriate visits to colleges, sixth forms and universities in local area 
  • Colleges and sixth form information shared with parents through annual reviews, parents evenings and internal communication system (dojo) 
  • Appropriate colleges and sixth forms invited to parent’s evening (3 times a year) 
  • Ongoing impartial advice from internal careers guidance (L6) 
  • Specific supported internships and apprenticeships guidance shared with pupils and parents  
  • Guidance and support in annual reviews of EHCPs from year 9 upwards  

BM8: Personal Guidance  

  • Internal Careers and Work Experience Coordinator (L6 trained)  
  • Individual and personalised impartial advice given at end of KS3, 4, 5 
  • Attendance at EHCP reviews from year 9 upwards  
  • Transition support from Careers and Work Experience Coordinator  
  • Warwickshire transition guide shared with parents  
  • Links with local sixth forms and colleges