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

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

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

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

Virtual Work Experience – Barclays

Give students the opportunity to gain work experience in a company that they might not normally get access to, via Virtual Work Experience from Barclays.

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Work experience (1-2 week block)
  • Workplace visits
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • SEND and vulnerable students
  • Aspiration raising
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • Labour market information for students
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Lesson plans
  • Videos
  • SEND