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

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: What is a traineeship? (Quiz)

Amazing Apprenticeships has created an ‘What is a traineeship?’ fun and informative 10 question quiz to test the knowledge of individuals to see how much they know about traineeships!

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • 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
  • Parent engagement
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool

Amazing Apprenticeships: What is an apprenticeship? (Quiz)

Amazing Apprenticeships has created ‘What is an apprenticeship?’, a fun and informative 10 question quiz to test the knowledge of individuals to see how much they know about apprenticeships!

 

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • 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
  • Parent engagement
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool

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

CDI quality assurance of career development interventions

This framework will help career development professionals to quality assure their career development interventions and determine any areas that may require development.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM8: Personal Guidance
  • Group careers guidance
  • One-to-one careers guidance
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Careers Programme
  • Evaluation of careers programme
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Template

CEIAG cross curricular audit – Black Country

This resource, developed by the Black Country Skills Factory, helps Careers Leaders identify whether or not careers are embedded within curriculum subject areas.

  • Careers Leader
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • English embedded careers learning
  • Maths embedded careers learning
  • Science embedded careers learning
  • Other subject embedded careers learning
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Template
  • SEND

Compass support prompt questions

Feel confident that your interpretation of the eight Gatsby Benchmarks aligns with that of other schools across the country by using this handy set of prompt questions.

  • Careers Leader
  • Governor
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • BM8: Personal Guidance
  • Evaluation of careers programme
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • SEND

Compass+

With our free Compass+ tool you can benchmark, manage, track and report on your school's careers provision at individual student level.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Free
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • SEND

Cornwall Hub BM1 resource

This newsletter, developed by the team at our Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Hub, includes lots of useful templates and examples to support all areas of Gatsby Benchmark 1.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Careers Programme
  • Evaluation of careers programme
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

Destination Data analysis example

Developed by the Career Leader at Bedford Academy this resource is an example of how destination data can be analysed and used to inform future provision

  • Careers Leader
  • Governor
  • Trust
  • Free
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM8: Personal Guidance
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND