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CEC & Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Careers Guidance: 

  1. A stable careers programme. 

  1. Learning from career and labour market information. 

  1. Addressing the needs of each pupil. 

  1. Linking curriculum learning to careers. 

  1. Encounters with employers and employees. 

  1. Experiences of workplaces. 

  1. Encounters with further and higher education. 

  1. Personal guidance. 

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks above are a framework for good career guidance developed to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice and guidance. If you would like further information on the benchmarks, please read the link below. or 

The above benchmarks are met by delivering a range of activities from one-to-one career guidance interviews, work experience, mock interviews, employability skills events, visits to local universities and visiting speakers through the PSHEC curriculum. 

The Careers and Enterprise Company 

The school also completes self-assessments of its Careers Programme, once per half term, through the Careers and Enterprise Company’s Compass Tool and Tracker system. This gives us a chance to reflect on the work we have done and again make improvements where necessary.  The Compass Tool helps us to measure our progress against the eight Gatsby Benchmarks – the governments adopted guidelines for good careers guidance. 

For more information about the Gatsby Benchmarks, please refer to the Careers and Enterprise Company’s website navigate to the Gatsby Benchmarks section. 

Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (WLEP) 

Our school is part of the Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP) network.  The Worcestershire Careers Hub provides every school and college in the area the opportunity to work together with universities, training providers, employers and careers professionals to improve careers support for young people in our area.  As part of this network, we benefit from the support of a local Enterprise Co-ordinator, matched with a local Enterprise Adviser and access to a community of employer and careers activity programme.  

Compass Results 

The school measures and assesses its impact on students in a number of different ways.  Firstly, each term the school benchmarks itself using the Compass tool, created by the Gatsby Charitable Foundation, his allows us to easily find our strengths and weaknesses and plan for improvement.  Secondly, we review student progress towards positive destinations on an individual basis through impartial careers advise, interviews with senior staff and detailed tracking.  The Careers Lead for the Multi Academy and Governors then hold the school to account together with past destination data.  Click HERE for our most recent Compass Evaluation (Nov ’21).