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

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

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

BeReady free online learning platform

Access easily digestible content online that’s designed to build up your students’ CVs via a host of interactive videos, animations, quizzes and more.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • SEND and vulnerable students
  • Aspiration raising
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • SEND

HE Unboxed

Help students understand the range of opportunities available to them through Higher Education – and inspire them to continue learning at this level.

  • Careers Leader
  • Free
  • 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
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Lesson plans
  • SEND

Imagen experience

This resource provides 16-25-year-olds with valuable insight into the marketing world – along with opportunities to gain paid work experience.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Work experience (1-2 week block)
  • Workplace visits
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement

LifeSkills created with Barclays

Access free online interactive resources, ready-made lessons and work experience opportunities – and build them into your progressive careers programme.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Careers Programme
  • Evaluation of careers programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • English embedded careers learning
  • PSHE embedded careers learning
  • Science embedded careers learning
  • Maths embedded careers learning
  • Other subject embedded careers learning
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Parent engagement
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Template
  • SEND

Panjango Trumps: Future Jobs

Engage the imagination and offer a fun and exciting way to learn about the future world of work with this much-loved game format.

  • Careers Leader
  • Costed
  • 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
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Addressing stereotypes
  • Aspiration raising
  • Key stage 3
  • Lesson plans
  • SEND

ReachUni

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.

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

Research-based curricula

Access and assign these short tutorial courses to promote intellectual curiosity through exposure to academic research – and start building the skills needed for university.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • 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
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • SEND

Same and Different

Learn more about the various aspects of early career development for 18-year olds with SEND and provide more targeted support with this model.

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Aspiration raising
  • SEND and vulnerable students
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Parent engagement
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND