Staff Support

The intended audience for this document is staff.

All students have an equal entitlement to high quality Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance at Saddleworth School that helps to prepare them for choices and transitions affecting their future education, training and employment.

The government has created a framework of guidelines that as a school we should look to implement. These are known as the Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. The Careers Strategy is built around them, and they make a great place to start for planning or improving your programme. The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each student
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

It is important you know why your curriculum is being delivered to ensure that all students are provided with the best platform of success to get into the careers or profession they desire.

  1. Discuss pathways within your subject, and how it could be taken further at Post 16, degree level or through an apprenticeship, discussing the careers and jobs it could lead to.
  2. Create a departmental “Careers” display to show routes, and progression in your subject
  3. Create a poster to show Courses and Apprenticeships in your subject
  4. Create a display in your room to show why your subject is vital for careers and the world of work
  5. Invite a guest speaker from the one of our local colleges or Universities to promote and raise aspirations
  6. Invite a local business employee/employer to discuss how they use your subject in your lesson
  7. Arrange a visit to a workplace related to your subject area. Careers can be part of the focus.
  8. Log all events/activities through the VLE by clicking on the ‘organising career events’ button.
    ** Note: We can help with arranging a guest speaker

For more information on meeting Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers, click here

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