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Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby Benchmarks - Success in Careers

The quality of careers delivery in schools is measured by the eight Gatsby benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a key measure of the effectiveness of careers advice. They are also a very important part of the Government’s career strategy. The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges. 

In 2020-21, The Buckingham school was one of only two schools in the County to achieve all benchmarks.  

We regularly measure and assess the impact of our careers guidance programme with the Compass Plus online tracker allows us to see where we are doing well, and where there are gaps; The tracker enables us to record and identify how we are improving our careers education activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice – known as the Gatsby Benchmarks

The benchmarks on which schools are measured are:

Benchmark 1 = A stable careers programme
Benchmark 2 = Learning from career and labour market information
Benchmark 3 = Addressing the needs of each pupil
Benchmark 4 = Linking curriculum learning to careers
Benchmark 5 =Encounters with employers and employees
Benchmark 6 = Experiences of workplaces
Benchmark 7 = Encounters with further and higher education
Benchmark 8 = Personal guidance

One of the major advances being made this year is in the use of virtual events to ensure students can meet and engage with employers, employees, universities and colleges together with experiences of the work place. 

Many thanks to all our partners in ensuring this has been a success.