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

Blueprint: Virtual experience of the workplace

Created by the London team this resource supports thinking around virtual experiences of the workplace for schools and businesses 

  • Careers Leader
  • Delivery Provider
  • Education Leader
  • Employer
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Template
  • 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

Careers in the Curriculum Modelling Tool Guide

This resource accompanies BM 4 Masterclass and supports Career Leaders and Enterprise Advisers to embed careers across the curriculum via 3 approaches. The resource breaks down each of the approaches and includes supporting resource of audit tools and checklists

  • Careers Leader
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • 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
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Template
  • Training
  • SEND

Challenging Stereotypes Activity SEND

Developed by the team at Inspiring Worcestershire this resource aims to support the element of challenging stereotypes within a SEND setting.  The resource includes a student activity and teacher guide. 

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • Addressing stereotypes
  • SEND and vulnerable students
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Lesson plans
  • Template
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

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

Fledglink free career app

Use this powerful app to equip students with everything they need to create their CV and start sharing it with some of the UK’s most exciting employers.

  • Careers Leader
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • 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
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Template
  • Videos
  • Worksheets
  • SEND

Governor slide deck

Use this presentation to help secondary school governors understand their role and responsibilities – and encourage them to engage with our accompanying governor guidance.

  • Careers Leader
  • Governor
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Staff training
  • Careers Programme
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Guidance
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • Presentations
  • Template

Innovation Challenge

Learn about the design, process and implementation of The Doncaster Innovation Challenge – an inter-school competition aimed at meeting Gatsby Benchmarks 4 and 5.

  • Careers Leader
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM4: Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Lesson plans
  • Presentations
  • Template
  • SEND