Careers Leaders

The Careers Leader needs to be someone who can:

  • Take responsibility for continuous improvement of the strategic careers plan and the progressive careers programme, which should be planned and implemented to ensure positive outcomes for young people
  • Coordinate and manage the various elements of the careers programme informed by a strategic careers plan aligned to school, special school or college priorities
  • Liaise with external partners, such as employers, learning providers and career guidance services
  • Pay careful attention to feedback from all stakeholders and to the destinations of pupils

Developed with you in mind, we’ve made it easy to quickly find the trusted, high quality resources you need to make a difference. We’ve identified, and regularly update, key resources that can directly support you as you plan, implement and measure the impact of your strategic careers plan and progressive careers programme and as you work towards achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks.

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Getting started guide

So, you want to learn more about getting started as a Careers Leader – well, you’ve come to the right place. While you’ll find that most of the resources on this site have been developed to help you, the following information is specifically designed to support your role in shaping and implementing a career’s programme in your school, special school or college.

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Careers Leader Induction

FREE online learning module

Ideal for those new to role, this module is designed to provide a foundation knowledge and understanding of key elements of careers leadership such as:

  • The careers guidance landscape
  • The role and value of a Careers Leader
  • Progression routes at 16 and 18 and how to access LMI
  • Approaches to meaningful application of the Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Principles of creating a strategic careers plan
  • Principles of developing a progressive careers programme with clear learning outcomes at each key stage
  • The value and registration process of funded Careers Leader training
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Career Leader Training

All Careers Leaders require Outstanding training. Our training catalogue includes all the information you need to choose the right training for you and your role.

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Gatsby Benchmarks

This renowned framework of eight benchmarks is designed to be linked together to deliver the very best careers provision in schools, special schools and colleges

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Careers Leader resources

Allied health website and webinar

How do you get into specific roles within the health industry? This website, developed by Allied Health, shows students how to get into the profession.

  • Careers Leader
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Maths embedded careers learning
  • English embedded careers learning
  • Science embedded careers learning
  • Other subject embedded careers learning
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • Addressing stereotypes
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • SEND

BBC Bitesize – Careers

This well-known resource can be used to help contextualise the world of work alongside curriculum study – and support young people in making informed decisions.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Talking Futures
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • English embedded careers learning
  • Maths embedded careers learning
  • Science embedded careers learning
  • Other subject embedded careers learning
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • Addressing stereotypes
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • SEND

Career Talks: Finding your Future, Reaching your Goals SEND resource

Developed by the team at the Black Country Careers Hub this resource features a number of videos looking at different roles available and reflections from people undertaking those roles. This resource features in the My Skills My Future programme 

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • My Skills My Future
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Videos
  • SEND

Gatsby Benchmark 4 Webinar Careers in the Curriculum Modelling Tool

Watch this webinar and use the accompanying Careers in the Curriculum Modelling Tool Guide to support embedding Careers in the Curriculum 

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Presentations
  • Training
  • Videos

HY Up Podcast

The HY Up Podcast is a series of interviews that captures the stories of inspiring people from all walks of life.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Videos

My Skills My Future

This programme has been collated from resources across our partners and network to support young people with SEND under the 2 groups identified in the SEND toolkit. It contains lessons around employability skill development , employer projects and engagement videos all to support young people in their next steps.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • My Skills My Future
  • 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 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Template
  • Training
  • Transition
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

Panjango Online

Make exploring the world of work more engaging via gamification. Panjango Online is designed to demonstrate the importance of education in a fun way.

  • Careers Leader
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • English embedded careers learning
  • Maths embedded careers learning
  • PSHE embedded careers learning
  • Science embedded careers learning
  • Other subject embedded careers learning
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Careers Programme
  • Key stage 3
  • Audio
  • Employer engagement
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Videos
  • Virtual

Primary Career Resources

Early career-related learning can have a lasting impact on pupils' perceptions of different occupations and how these link to learning in school.

  • Careers Leader
  • 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
  • BM8: Personal Guidance
  • Audio
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Template
  • Training
  • Transition
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • Worksheets

Skills Builder: Benchmark

Skills Builder Benchmark is an online self-assessment tool. Individuals aged 11+ can register and record their reflections against the Skills Builder Framework

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Employer engagement
  • Parent engagement
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Videos
  • SEND

Subject in a box

Help students understand the range of opportunities available to them through Higher Education and inspire them to continue learning via an engaging learning experience.

  • Careers Leader
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • English embedded careers learning
  • Maths embedded careers learning
  • Science embedded careers learning
  • Other subject embedded careers learning
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • Addressing stereotypes
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • SEND

T Levels Resource

T Levels are a brand-new qualification choice that will follow GCSEs and give students a head start towards the career they want. They will suit students who wish to start working towards a skilled occupation, prefer a practical approach to learning and want a predominantly classroom-based course

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Guidance
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Presentations
  • Training
  • Transition
  • Videos
  • SEND

icould

Use this content-rich website to inform and inspire young people’s career choices – featuring over 1,000 videos of real people talking about their careers.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Talking Futures
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Maths embedded careers learning
  • Science embedded careers learning
  • English embedded careers learning
  • Other subject embedded careers learning
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Employer involvement in curriculum
  • Aspiration raising
  • Addressing stereotypes
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Audio
  • Videos
  • Virtual
  • SEND