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

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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

A- Z of jobs activity SEND

Developed by the Inspiring Worcestershire Careers Hub team this activity should enable SEND students from with the ability to begin to learn how to research information regarding different job roles of interest to them.

  • Careers Leader
  • Delivery Provider
  • Further Education provider
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

Activity linked to TV SEND

Developed by the Inspiring Worcestershire Careers Hub team this resource has been specifically
designed to be used as a discussion activity with SEND students around a TV programme linked to the world of work

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Worksheets
  • 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

All About Me

Developed by Green Corridor College this resource is part of the My Skills My Future programme 

  • Careers Leader
  • My Skills My Future
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

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

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: Resource Catalogue 2020/21

Amazing Apprenticeships has created this catalogue for teachers and careers staff, to guide them through Amazing Apprenticeships’ range of informative and inspirational resources on apprenticeships, traineeships, T Levels and other vocational pathways.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets

Annual review checklist

As a Careers Leader, you can use this revised checklist as an annual review of provision to support your planning for the following year.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Training Provider
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Careers Programme
  • Evaluation of careers programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • 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