The eight benchmarks are a framework for good career guidance developed to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice, and guidance.
They were established as part of Sir John Holman's research into what pragmatic actions could improve career guidance in England, and lay out what a world-class career guidance system looks like. The Benchmarks form part of the careers strategy, launched December 2017.
The Gatsby Foundation, in collaboration with The Careers & Enterprise Company and Disability Rights UK, have created a new publication which aims to inspire Careers Leaders, teachers and all those working with young people with special educational needs and disabilities to use the Gatsby Benchmarks to create a strong career guidance programme for each and every young person.
The benchmarks are based on best practice from across the world and are challenging but achievable. This site will help you on your journey to achieving them. Below you will find:
Try out Compass, a free self-evaluation tool for schools and sixth form colleges in England that gives you an immediate read-out of how your school's career guidance performs against the eight benchmarks. The tool is there to help you celebrate successes and focus resources on the areas of your careers programme that need the most development.
A number of schools and colleges in the North East of England have taken part in a pilot programme, testing the good career guidance benchmarks. Be inspired and find out what worked for them, what was more difficult and what they have learnt along the way.