Gatsby Benchmark 3


What good looks like

Young people have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s or college’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.



Why this matters

  • 26% of young people who received free school meals (FSM) in year 11 are not in education or employment (NEET) aged 18-24, compared to 13% of non-FSM students
  • High achieving students from disadvantaged backgrounds are less likely to apply to higher education, attend a high-status university, or access high status professional jobs than similarly qualified peers from more affluent backgrounds
  • FSM students make up only 16.7% of students in KS5 (16-18 years) academic pathways in comparison to 28% on vocational pathways
  • 1,400 more students per year in post-16 EET during 2018/19 connected to schools’ reported Gatsby Benchmark provision.


The benefits of Gatsby benchmark achievement for Post 16 destinations report click here.

Webinar series:

  1. Exploring approaches to the collection and maintenance of destination data and student records >Webinar (Jan/Feb 2022)  
  2. Making effective use of destinations data >Webinar (Jan/Feb 2022)
  3. Inclusion and developing careers provision to meet the needs of all students > Webinar (March 2022)

Careers Leaders:

Getting started with BM3

  • Refer to the CDI Framework and Skills Builder to ensure that your progressive careers programme scaffolds student knowledge and understanding linked to allow students to challenge stereotypical thinking and raise aspirations.
  • Explore how Compass+ can support you with collection and visualisation of Destination Data.
  • Consider how you can engage students and track actual and intended destinations. The DfE will soon be releasing updated Destinations Data Good Practice Guide.
  • Refer to resource and support from Benchmark 1 relating to strategic planning and evaluation to inform best practice on making effective use of Destination Data.


All Careers Leaders require Outstanding training


For further support with Benchmark 1 register for our fully funded Careers Leader training. 


Download our Training Catalogue which includes all the information you need and a helpful comparison guide on the 11 high-quality Training Providers we work with. Here you will be able to choose the right course to suit you and your development, so that you can embed a successful careers programme in your school/college. 


Once you have chosen the right course and Training Provider for you, you are all set to register!


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Careers in Context: Can Do Approaches

Young people will have had very different experiences during the pandemic and may require different or enhanced support


  • Prioritise working with colleagues from senior leadership team and other key staff to ensure that the careers programme is responsive and effective in supporting and tracking positive destination outcomes for all students.


  • Establish systems and processes to track, record and respond to intended and actual destinations ensuring that vulnerable students and those at risk of not making positive transitions are identified and supported.
  • Support existing and newly identified vulnerable groups by providing tailored opportunities for advice and support, particularly for newly identified vulnerable groups may include those disproportionately or unexpectedly impacted by Covid-19.
  • You can support the most vulnerable students by: Aligning your careers programme to whole school or college initiatives on student engagement and NEET prevention.
  • Work with colleagues to understand key groups of students who are most at risk of NEET or not making a positive transition to ensure that your progressive careers programme explicitly meets the needs of these students.
  • Analysing destination data and knowledge of local labour market to inform and shape your careers programme.
  • Compass+ can support you with tracking and recording student level intended and actual destinations. You can also create custom groups so you can target relevant careers interventions for students with highest need.
  • Refer to resource and support from Benchmark 1 relating to strategic planning and evaluation to inform best practice on making effective use of Destination Data.

Education Leaders and Governors:

Education Leaders and Governors: For further information on each Benchmark, to support you in your role, please see the Education Leader, Secondary and College Governor Guides.

Gatsby BM3
Key stages


InterviewBot is an automated interview practice resource for schools and colleges, using real life avatars as interviewers.  This resource prepares students for their first real life interviews but does so in a safe environment where they can grow their confidence.

This resource offers a free trial and option of costed subscription.

Gatsby BM3
Key stages

South Somerset 14-19 Partnership ‘SEND Transitions: Imagine the Possibilities and Making a success of Further Education’

These resources have been developed by South Somerset Partnership as part of a transition project for SEND students. The resources pull together key Preparation for Adulthood information that will enable mainstream, special school and FE Careers Leaders to understand the journey and support available for young people with SEND. 

Gatsby BM2, 3, 8
Key stages

Spark+ Careers Service for SEND

SPARK+ is a unique service that combines the Spark Careers App with 1:1 CEIAG education delivered by our team of specialist SEND-trained careers advisors. The service is specifically designed to support students with SEND, home-educated students, and those who cannot access mainstream careers guidance.

Gatsby BM2, 3, 7
Key stages

Qdos App

The free ‘One Stop’ resource for career planning and exploration...

The Qdos Careers App is a 'one stop' research resource, bringing together expert, national information on education pathways, career choices and career options, together with tools, career advice and preparation for apprenticeships, university, and employment.

Gatsby BM1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
Key stages

Transition Guide from Primary to Secondary: enhancing careers education and supporting parental engagement

This resource is designed to support Careers Leaders and other staff involved in the transition process from Key Stage 2 into Key Stage 3, exploring opportunities to embed careers activities and parental engagement across the full range of transition opportunities.

It takes you through the three phases:

  1. Decision making (Y4,5,6) while children and parents /carers are still considering their options
  2. Decision made (Y6) once the children have been allocated their secondary school
  3. Started (Y7) once the children have started their secondary school.
Gatsby BM1, 3, 7
Key stages

Uni Access Tools

Support students when it comes to finding the right university, and help them prepare for what’s ahead, with this targeted programme and free suite of resources.

Gatsby BM1, 3, 4
Key stages

What Employers want

This activity has been developed by College Park School and is part of the My Skills My Future programme.  It contains a lesson plan and accompanying resources aimed at young people in SEND group 1.


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