The eight  Gatsby Benchmarks are the careers framework used by schools, academies, further education colleges and sixth form colleges.

Gatsby Benchmark 1 – A stable careers programme

• Supporting schools and colleges to have a stable, structured careers programme for Health and Social Care that has explicit backing of local employers and the education providers’ senior management team

Gatsby Benchmark 2 – Learning from career and labour market information;

All students and parents will have access to high-quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities through a number of outreach activities.

• We will provide students with  information about career paths within Health and  Social Care and the labour market to inform their own decisions on study options.

Gatsby Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each pupil

Opportunities for advice and support on Health and Social Care careers will  be tailored to each stage of  a child’s school life and we will  actively seek to challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations.

Gatsby Benchmark 4 – Linking curriculum learning to Health and Social Care Careers

• All outreach activities will emphasise the importance of suceeding in English and Maths

Gatsby Benchmark 5 – Encounters with Employers and Employees

• We will ensure students have multiple opportunities to to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued within Health and Social Care.

Gatsby Benchmark 6 – Experiences of Workplaces

• We will aim to provide students with work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience so they can explore career opportunities within Health and Social Care.

Gatsby Benchmark 7 – Encounters within Further and Higher Education

•  Students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This include academic and vocational routes into careers in Health and Social Care.

Gatsby Benchmark 8 – Personal Guidance

Career conversations will be  an ongoing part of a student’s education experience and personal guidance is an integrated part of the overall careers programme.

We will work closely with career advisors within schools to ensure our outreach activities provide;
• group work sessions on particular topics, such as apprenticeships or employability skills
• advice to parents and students at careers fairs and parents’ evenings
• advertised drop-in sessions for students at lunchtimes and other times during the week