Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges and the latest Careers Strategy of 2018 has built its foundation around them. Our CEIAG programme is also based around these 8 benchmarks, and every subject will be seeking to embed them within their curriculum or extra-curricular activities.

Research tells us that careers education is the linchpin for school improvement – pupils are motivated when they know what they want to achieve in their lives and how to go about it.

The publication of Careers Guidance and Access for Education & Training Providers in January 2018 clearly states:

“A successful careers guidance programme will also be reflected in higher numbers of pupils progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, FE colleges, university or employment.” Page 5

The new guidance sets out some clear expectations. The most important of which is that all schools should have a Careers Leader and that all schools should be working towards achieving all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks.

Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Please click on the link to see how OCA meets the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks