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Engaging parents in careers guidance: Innovations in practice

Parents and carers play an important part in the careers and education choices of young people. The Gatsby Foundation and The Careers and Enterprise Company have worked with Careers Leaders to explore ideas and good practice for working with parents in these challenging times.

NEW added 10th July 3 guides to support induction, transition and beyond

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets

Evaluation Guide for Careers Activities and Programmes

Developed by the team in Swindon and Wiltshire Careers Hub, this resource supports Careers Leaders with approaches to feedback and effective evaluation of their careers programme. There is a longer guide for Careers Leader available along with a shorter quick reference version

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Evaluation of careers programme
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Template
  • SEND

Example Careers Calendar of events 2021/22

This is an editable overview for an academic year of events and specific weeks across the country to support in planning events and the development of a careers education programme.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • 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
  • SEND

Gatsby Benchmark 1 Module 1: Creating a Strategic Careers Plan

The following resource and support are designed to support a Careers Leader to create a strategic careers plan. The resource and support include a ‘Building a Strategic Careers Plan’ guidance document and a Careers Leader recorded webinar on this element of Benchmark 1

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Training

Gatsby Benchmark 1 Module 2: Building a progressive careers programme

The following resource and support are designed to support a Careers Leader to build a progressive careers programme. The resource and support include a ‘Building a progressive careers programme’ guidance document and a link to a Careers Leader recorded webinar on this element of Benchmark 1

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Training

Gatsby Benchmark toolkit – SEND

If you are working to deliver the Gatsby Benchmarks for young people with SEND – in any setting – you will find lots of practical help in this toolkit.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • 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
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Guidance
  • SEND

Hailsham Community College case study

Hailsham Community College in East Sussex is using a student-designed logo to promote its careers activity and the role of careers champions in departments. The light bulb image has been turned into a window sticker for local businesses to advertise their support for the school. The graphic appears on teachers’ lanyards, identifying staff who are “Careers Champions”.  The design is also used to highlight careers content in lessons, in communications to parents and when branding events.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets

Inspiring Worcestershire SEND resources

Inspiring Worcestershire Careers Hub have developed a number of resources for SEND as part of the work in the SEND Community of Practice.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • 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
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

Journey/roadmap

Make sure everyone knows which way you’re heading: ensure all stakeholders understand your careers programme by using these templates to present it in a visual way.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Parent engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Template
  • SEND

Key Facts About Independent Training Providers - 2021

The Key Stats 2021 publication contains a useful and informative overview of the Independent Training Provider sector and has been provided by the Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP)

  • Careers Leader
  • Cornerstone Employer
  • Delivery Provider
  • Education Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Parent / Carer
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Guidance
  • Research
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

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