Gatsby Benchmarks

What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?

The Careers and Enterprise Company state that "The Gatsby Benchmarks were developed on behalf of the Gatsby Foundation by Sir John Holman, which aimed to highlight what ‘good careers work’ looked like. They provide a clear framework for organising the careers provision at your school or college. ​These benchmarks have been accepted as best practice by the Government and as a Careers Leader, it is your responsibility to oversee the implementation of the benchmarks in your school, special school or college."

At St Thomas More Academy and Sixth Form College, we adhere to the Gatsby Benchmarks set out in the "Gatsby Good Career Guidance" Report 2014 which asks that schools incorporate the eight benchmarks into their curriculum and offer students opportunities to meet them. From 2020, this became a statutory requirement for maintained schools, academies, further education colleges and sixth form colleges. to follow the Gatsby Benchmarks to aid in the provision of careers within education. 

The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are:

  1. A stable careers programme ​
  2. Learning from careers and labour market information  ​
  3. Addressing the needs of each student
  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 benchmarks form the basis of our careers programme and link closely with our Compass Trackers, where records of how we meet these benchmarks are kept.

The Gatsby Good Career Guidance can be found here -

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