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