Careers Leaders Toolkit

Getting Up To Speed with Each Gatsby Benchmark 





The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that have been created to define and support the best careers provision in schools and colleges.


Gatsby Benchmarks are recognised as having a key role in raising young people’s aspirations and they help careers leaders in schools develop a careers programme which enables all young people to develop the skills they need to achieve:

  1. Career Wellbeing
  2. Adaptability
  3. Resilience

They underpin the Department for Education's guidance to schools on how to meet their statutory responsibility for quality careers guidance.



Benchmarks 1 to 8 - What are they?


Gatsby Benchmarks have been designed to be guidelines for success. Each benchmark has a brief description followed by some useful link to support their achievement:


Benchmark 1 – A stable careers programme

Each school and college should have a stable, structured careers programme in place which is lead by a Careers Leader and is regularly reviewed. Their website should also provide information on the programme and contact details of the Career Leader.


Useful Information on GB 1   Career Planning Template   What to Include on your Website   Provider Access Statement Template


April 2020 - GB1

Benchmark 2 – Labour Market Information

All students and parents/carers should have access to high-quality and impartial information about future study options and labour market opportunities to enable students to make the best decisions for them.

Useful Information on GB 2   Recent Dorset LMI   Dorset LEP Posters


April 2020 - GB2


Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of every student

Schools and colleges should keep records of student’s journey and should have in place a programme which is underpinned by inspirational encounters and activities which actively challenge stereotypes and raise aspirations


Good Practice Guide: Destinations Data   Same and Different Model – SEND

 Gatsby 3


Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum to careers

Schools should adopt a strategic approach to embedding careers  within their curriculum learning and ensure that students see the relevance and possible progression routes from their subjects

Useful Information on GB 4   Careers in the Curriculum: What Works?


            April 2020 - GB4 part 1   April 2020 - GB4- part 2


Benchmark 5 – Encounters with employers and employees

All students should have encounters with employers and employees every year of their learning. These encounters should result in a better understanding of the workplace and the potential career paths open to them


Useful Information on GB 5   Make it Meaningful   How to Engage Employers


April 2020 - GB5


Benchmark 6 – Experiences of workplaces

Every student should have experiences of the workplace to help broaden their understanding and exploration of career opportunities. This can take place through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience


Work Experience: What Works?




Benchmark 7 – Encounters with further and higher education

Every student should have access to impartial information on the full range of learning opportunities available to them. Meaningful encounters with these providers cover a wide range of ways young people can learn about their post-school options. They provide off-site visits and direct interactions with key institutions, staff, and alumni.


May 2020 - GB7


Benchmark 8 - Personal guidance

Each student should have access to an appropriately qualified careers adviser who can support them. They should all be offered a one to one interaction by the time they are making any post 16 decisions.

May 2020 - GB8



Evaluation tools 


You can self evaluate your institution on the areas within the Gatsby Benchmarks by using the compass tool. More information can be found here


Need more info?


If you would like support with your careers programme or the benchmarks, you can contact our Enterprise Coordinators:

Catherine Beater


Laura Bush


or call the 0-19 Team Office on 01202 458988