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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Register for our Careers Leader Newsletter 

Careers Leader resources

Ambitious about Autism Toolkits

This resource contains  a collection of toolkits to help more autistic young people access sustainable and meaningful employment opportunities. 

The resources will help employers to develop their awareness and understanding of autism. They will support the hiring and retaining of talented autistic young people.

These resources are also relevant for autistic young people, their parents/carers, teachers, and other relevant professionals to support a young person to make informed choices about their future employment opportunities.

 

  • Careers Leader
  • Employer
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

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

BM1 Guide

This resource has been developed by colleagues in Liverpool City Region Careers Hub to support resource and CPD to Careers Leaders on all elements of BM1

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Trust
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Careers Programme
  • Evaluation of careers programme
  • Staff training
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND

BM6: How to meet Gatsby Benchmark 6 more meaningfully and deliver positive student outcomes

Watch this webinar and following the accompanying resource to support planning and delivery of meaningful experiences of the workplace

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • 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
  • Presentations
  • Training

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

CEIAG example policy

Personalise your own CEIAG (Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance) policy with this helpful template designed by the Bridge, Greater Manchester.

  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Governor
  • Training Provider
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM1: A stable Careers Programme
  • Careers Programme
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • 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

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

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

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

Find an Activity Provider tool

This portal lists organisations that have activities that meet Gatsby Benchmark 5 (encounters with employers and employees) and Benchmark 6 (experience of workplaces)

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Volunteer
  • Costed
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Presentations
  • Training
  • Transition
  • Virtual
  • SEND

HOSW mentoring programme

Raise aspirations and improve personal development within students by using this mentoring programme, which has been developed by the Heart of the South West (HOTSW).    

  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Volunteer
  • Free
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • Employer engagement
  • Information booklets/sheets