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 Challenger Call 

Gatsby Benchmark

Challenger Call

The Gatsby Benchmarks originated in a research report (Good Career Guidance) from the Gatsby Foundation in 2013.  The report was commissioned by Lord Sainsbury and Sir John Holman was appointed to lead a research team to focus on international evidence for ‘what works’ in career development.  The research provides a comprehensive study of career development exploring key elements of good career development, the cost per school for good career development and the economic benefit of career development to the economy.

The report found 8 benchmarks of best practice, which are now more commonly known as ‘The Gatsby Benchmarks.’  They are:

  1. A stable careers programme

  2. Learning from career and labour market information

  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil

  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

  5. Encounters with employers and employees

  6. Experiences of workplaces

  7. Encounters with further and higher education

  8. Personal guidance

The Gatsby Benchmarks are explicitly referenced throughout the DfE’s Careers Strategy (December 2017) and the new Statutory Guidance for careers (January 2018). 

All of our team at The Careers People have been working within various settings, from mainstream to specialist schools, to implement the Gatsby Benchmarks. We've been there and done it (unfortunately, no t-shirts were awarded!).

Our Challenger Calls allows you to talk through where you are struggling and get specialist, tailored advice for your setting.

Required time: 1 hour

Recommended follow up task: 2 hours post call time to implement actions discussed

Cost: £95 per hour (you may be able to have this cost covered by your Careers Hub)

Delivery: Virtual 

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