Gatsby Benchmark 7

Sections

What good looks like 

All students should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both technical and academic routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.

  • By the age of 16, every student should have had a meaningful encounter* with providers of the full range of educational opportunities, including sixth forms, colleges, universities and apprenticeship providers. This should include the opportunity to meet both staff and students.
  • By the age of 18, all students who are considering applying for university should have had at least two visits to universities to meet staff and students.
  • By the age of 18, or before the end of their programme of study, every student should have had a meaningful encounter with a range of providers of learning and training that may form the next stage of their career. This should include, as appropriate, further education colleges, higher education and apprenticeship and training providers. This should include the opportunity to meet both staff and students.

*A ‘meaningful encounter’ is one in which the student has an opportunity to explore what it is like to learn in that environment.This includes academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and the workplace.  

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 Bit report
  • 1,400 more students were in sustained EET during 2018/19 connected to the level of guidance provision that schools in the sample reported, compared to a scenario in which all schools had reported zero benchmark provision. 1488_destinations_report_final.pdf (careersandenterprise.co.uk)

“It is not enough for young people to develop career ambitions, they must also have access to sufficient information and support to broaden ambitions and to inform self-awareness of what it takes to achieve their aspirations and enable progression towards career goals.”

Career ready? How schools can better prepare young people for working life in the era of COVID-19, Dec 2020

Careers Leaders:

Getting started with BM7

Refresh your knowledge and understanding of all pathways at key transition points:

 

Consider how you can share this information about pathways at key transition points with students, staff and parents/carers

  • Coming soon: Staff Careers CPD Resource
  • Help curriculum staff to understand pathways from their subject but sharing the My Learning, My Future Resources with curriculum colleagues

Refer to the Making it Meaningful checklist when planning any Benchmark 7 activity

Training 

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 

Encounters with further education, higher education and training providers should have planned intent, delivery and impact of activities and sit within a progressive careers programme that supports positive student outcomes.

To include an activity under Benchmark 7, it must meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Learning outcomes defined, based on the age and needs of students
  • The encounter involves two-way interaction between students, appropriate provider staff and young people participating in this pathway
  • There is evidence that the student actively participated
  • There is evidence that the student has reflected on the experience and that it has shaped their thinking about future pathways

Opportunity:

  • Online encounters can offer students and parents/carers the opportunity to engage with Further Education, Higher Education and training providers that they may not have considered visiting face to face.
  • Students can start to learn about all pathways available to them at key transition points through employer encounters, experience of work and careers in the curriculum from Year 7. A multi-benchmark approach to employer encounters and experiences of work help students to develop their knowledge and understanding in context.
  • Refer to Encounters with further and higher education for practical ideas from schools and colleges for achieving Gatsby Benchmark 7

 “If you think from a learner’s perspective, they often don’t know the connection between what they’re studying and the employment sector. There is a big jump from doing a course and being able to turn that into a pathway to a job. So bringing employers helps make the transition feel more real and accessible.”

Careers Leader, college

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

“Clear outcomes-focused careers information is fundamental to the success of our reforms. We need impartial, lifelong careers advice and guidance available to people when they need it, regardless of age, circumstance, or background.”

Department for Education in the Skills for Jobs White Paper (January 2021)

BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education resources

101 Amazing Apprenticeship Activities for Schools Guide

The 101 Amazing Apprenticeship Activities for Schools Guide is designed to be used by schools and other educational establishments supporting students in years 10 – 13, teachers and parents

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 4
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Transition

16+ Choices

Inform young people and their parents about the options available after GCSE level learning with these visually engaging guides – developed by the Department for Education.

  • Careers Leader
  • Delivery Provider
  • Further Education provider
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Higher Education events and visits
  • Key stage 4
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Transition
  • SEND

Advancing Access initiative

Help more of your students progress into the UK’s most competitive universities by using these free CPD resources, developed by the Russell Group.

  • Careers Leader
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Higher Education events and visits
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • SEND

Amazing Apprenticeships: A-Z of Men at Work Case Studies

Amazing Apprenticeships have created a brand-new teaching resource for schools, ‘The Apprenticeship A-Z of Men at Work’ to mark International Men’s Day on Thursday 19th November 2020.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: A-Z of Men at Work flashcards

Amazing Apprenticeships have created a brand-new teaching resource for schools, ‘The Apprenticeship A-Z of Men at Work’ to mark International Men’s Day on Thursday 19th November 2020.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Presentations
  • Worksheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: A-Z of Women at Work Case Study Booklet

Amazing Apprenticeships created ‘The Apprenticeship A-Z of Women at Work’ as a teaching resource for schools to mark International Women’s Day 2019 (Sunday 8th March). The 26 flashcards feature inspirational female apprentices and their employers in a wide variety of industries and is accompanied by a detailed case study booklet highlighting their apprenticeship story

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: A-Z of Women at Work Flashcards

Amazing Apprenticeships created ‘The Apprenticeship A-Z of Women at Work’ as a teaching resource for schools to mark International Women’s Day 2019 (Sunday 8th March).

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Worksheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: ASK offer brochure 2020/21

The ASK programme (Apprenticeships Support and Knowledge for Schools and Colleges) continues to offer every educational establishment in England with students in years 10 – 13 access to a free, bespoke support package to transform apprenticeship and vocational education awareness activities so that students, parents and carers, teachers and careers advisers, and governors can be informed about the wonderful opportunities available.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: Apprenticeship Guidance benchmark tool

Amazing Apprenticeships has created this tool to help schools and other educational establishments to work through a series of questions to assess where they are in their planning and provision of apprenticeship information

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets

Amazing Apprenticeships: Guess the Employer (Quiz)

Amazing Apprenticeships has created a quiz to challenge the individual’s knowledge of apprenticeship employers. The quiz helps individuals to find out more about apprenticeship schemes from some of the country’s top apprenticeship employers, providing more insight and encouraging self-research

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Parent engagement
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Virtual

Amazing Apprenticeships: Interactive Student Apprenticeship Guide

The Amazing Apprenticeships Student Apprenticeship Guide includes 10 hours of self-directed learning activities, perfect for distance learning or classroom-based development. Designed for students in years 12 and 13, it will equip them with essential information about apprenticeships and guide them through how to research and apply for opportunities.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Virtual

Amazing Apprenticeships: Key Stage 3 resources

Amazing Apprenticeships has created a bundle of support resources for Key Stage 3 students, which includes a guide to using the resources, a year group introduction presentation and individual apprenticeship packs for both students and teachers for years 7, 8 and 9.

  • Careers Leader
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Presentations
  • Virtual