Gatsby Benchmark Support

World-class careers education follows the eight Gatsby Benchmarks of good careers guidance. At its best careers is an essential part of a young person’s secondary education, beginning early and continuing throughout school life.

Real world learning, knowledge, inspiration and advice is gained through multiple employer and workplace engagements, exposure to further and higher education, as well as through the curriculum and in one to one personal guidance.

What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?

The Gatsby Benchmarks were developed on behalf of the Gatsby Foundation by Sir John Holman, which aimed to highlight what ‘good careers work’ looked like. They provide a clear framework for organising the careers provision at your school or college. ​

These benchmarks have been accepted as best practice by the Government and as a Careers Leader, it is your responsibility to oversee the implementation of the benchmarks in your school, special school or college.


Benchmark 1

A stable careers programme.

Benchmark 2

Learning from career and labour market information.

Benchmark 3

Addressing the needs of each pupil.

Benchmark 4

Linking curriculum learning to careers.

Benchmark 5

Encounters with employers and employees.

Benchmark 6

Experiences of workplaces.

Benchmark 7

Encounters with further and higher education.

Benchmark 8

Personal guidance.

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