Benchmark 3: Addressing the needs of each pupil

Young people 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 or college’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

  • A school’s or college’s careers programme should actively seek to challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations.
  • Schools and colleges should keep systematic records of the individual advice given to each student, and subsequent agreed decisions. All students should have access to these records to support their career development.
  • The records of advice given should be integrated with those given at the previous stage of the student’s education (including their secondary school) where these are made available. Records should begin to be kept from the first point of contact or from the point of transition.
  • Schools and colleges should collect and maintain accurate data for each student on their education, training or employment destinations. For schools, data should be collected for at least three years after they leave school or from the end of key stage 4, whichever is earlier. This data should be used to review a school or college’s careers provision and inform development and continuous improvement.

Resources to help achieve this benchmark:

ResourceDescriptionLinks & Downloads
1CEC Resource DirectoryCEC Resource Directory
2Destinations Data: the why and the howThe process of maintaining up to date destinations data is an important task that requires time and effort. But why is it important and how can it help you to develop and enhance your provision? The CEC has spoken to Careers Leaders around the country about the how and the why.Download
3Review of Local Destinations Data (Dec 2020)This guide is aimed at leaders who are responsible for planning, reviewing and improving careers provision and student progression in a school. This can be governors, senior managers or career leaders within a school or multi academy trust. It is intended as an aid to understanding what destination data is, what the measures are and how they can be used to improve careers provision and outcomes for young people.Download
4Destinations Data: Good Practice Guide for SchoolsThe Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) commissioned York Consulting LLP in June 2020 to undertake a review of local destinations data. The aim of this work was to identify potential solutions to improve the level and quality of destination traking in secondary schools for the three years after students complete Year 11.Download
5BeReadyBeReady’s free online learning platform offers micro-learning modules designed to build up students’ CVs and confidence with every click. Its interactive videos – presented in bite-size chunks – cover topics including communication, resilience, self-confidence and personal branding. And animations and quizzes help enrich and consolidate learning further. BeReady – Be Future Ready
6Careermag for Inclusion (D & I)This series of four Careermag for Inclusion publications are designed for employers who do not currently work with young people with special educational needs and/or disabilities (SEND). It showcases case studies of success to show employers how it is being done now and the benefits for young people and for the business. It also includes practical information and signposts to specialist resources from organisations that are experienced at helping employers work with young people with SEND. Designed to be engaging and positive, these publications will be a prompt for employers to see young people with SEND, not just as a social responsibility, but a valuable talent pool. Subscribe to CareermagIssue 1, Issue 2
7Finding your Future (D & I)Developed by the National SEND Employment Forum these videos are aimed at introducing learners with special educational needs and disabilities (although they are not exclusive to this group) to an array of jobs. These were created in response to lockdown with the aim of providing learners with encounters with employers and employees.Watch video
8The Skills SuitcaseHelp students identify their own skills – as well as the areas where they might need further development – and encourage reflection in a fun and engaging way.Products – What’s Your Strength?
9Same and Different (D & I)The CEC have adopted Talentino’s #SameAndDifferent model, the national SEND school career model that allows identification and successful deliverance of career activities that will help young people with SEND prosper. The model, hopes to develop your understanding of early career development, and in turn, encourage employers to contribute to the progression of early career development for people with SEND.Download
10Securing Good Transitions: A resource pack to support the next steps of Key Stage 4 pupils with SEND ( D & I)This resource pack has been developed by DFN Charitable Foundation and Whole School SEND to provide support, materials and practical tips to teachers and other school-based professionals to secure good transitions and destinations into the next stage of education and/or employment for Key Stage 4 Pupils with SEND.Download
11BM3 Exploring Best PracticeDownload the Slide Deck from CCH BM3 Exploring Best Practice -leading the way Benchmark Brew session.Download
12Careermag for School LeaversThis latest edition of Careermag is focused on School Leavers aiming to help them find their right path. Download

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