Benchmark 8: Personal guidance

Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school or college staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level.

  • Guidance interviews should be available for all students whenever significant study or career choices are being made. They should be expected for all students but should be timed to meet their individual needs.
  • Every student should have at least one such interview by the age of 16, and the opportunity for a further interview by the age of 18, by the end of their study programme.

Resources to help achieve this benchmark:

ResourceDescriptionLinks & Downloads
1CEC Resource DirectoryCEC Benchmark 8 overview and links to resources CEC Resource Directory
2CDI FrameworkThe new Career Development Framework has been designed for all career development practitioners, not just those working in schools and colleges. The main purpose of the CDI’s Career Development Framework is to clarify the skills, knowledge and attitudes that individuals need to have a positive careerVisit website
3CDI Professional RegisterThe UK Register of Career Development Professionals is the single national point of reference for ensuring and promoting the professional status of career practitioners across the whole sector to other members of the profession, their customers and employers, as well as policy makers, funders and all other stakeholders.Visit website
4CDI guidance on commissioning Careers Guidance ServicesThe CDI commissioned David Andrews, an honorary life member of the CDI, to write this guide which clearly explains the Statutory Duty; what best practice looks like; quality assurance for careers support in schools and colleges; the work of the CDI and the role of the UK Register for Career Development Professionals.  To support schools reviewing their CEIAG provision it also includes a step-by-step guide to commissioning career guidance services with templates to help schools identify their needs and research potential providers.Visit website
5Summary of Guidance form template for use with studentsThis word document is a template to help you summarise one to one interview discussion including agreed actions.Download
6GROW Model QuestionsThe GROW model is a coaching framework used in conversations, meetings and everyday leadership to unlock potential and possibilities. This provides suggested questions for a careers interview. Download
7YEUK Skills & Careers ActivitiesResources designed for young people aged 14-24 including those in education, employment & training and those looking for workDownload
8Good Career GuidanceThis publication aims to inspire careers leaders, teachers and all those working with young people with special educational needs and disabilities to use the Gatsby Benchmarks to create a strong career guidance programme for each and every young person.Download
9Preparation for Adulthood Series (D & I)Resources developed by Tees Valley Careers, including a Teacher Crib Sheet, Getting a Job and Employer Q & A's.Download
10The Employability GuideA resource for Career Leads for display/poster creation or as an upload to their student and parent area of your website.Download

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