Careers Leaders are responsible and accountable for the planning, delivery and impact measurement of their school, special school or college’s strategic careers plan and progressive careers programme.
It’s a key role that involves aligning careers provision to the strategic priorities of the school, special school or college and overseeing work towards meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks in a meaningful way for young people.
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.
Careers Leader Induction: Free Online Learning
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Transform your careers programme and develop your skills as a Careers Leader to strategically embed careers in the curriculum.
The following resource and support are designed to support a Careers Leader to create a strategic careers plan. The resource and support include ‘Building a Strategic Careers Plan’ guidance document and a Careers Leader recorded webinar on this element of Benchmark 1.
Access case studies of best practice in schools, as well as tips and practical suggestions for successfully implementing the eight Gatsby Benchmarks.
Identify what ‘good’ looks like across all eight Gatsby Benchmarks, see useful case studies, and follow practical suggestions for putting the benchmarks into practice.
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.
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This report presents the evidence on the operation and impact of careers events held in UK schools and colleges.
This paper summarises the research on three forms of work related learning: work experience placements, job shadowing and workplace visits, showcasing the effectiveness of these activities and highlighting examples of best practice.
This paper provides evidence on business games and enterprise competitions to help schools, colleges and providers of careers and enterprise programmes use the evidence to shape the programmes they are running and developing.
This paper provides evidence on the benefits of involving young people in volunteering. Schools, colleges and providers of careers and enterprise programmes can use this evidence when considering how to support young people in this area.
The Gatsby report identified eight benchmarks of good career guidance, one of which was linking curriculum to careers. Careers in the curriculum describes a range of interventions which allow students to encounter career learning as part of their everyday school curriculum, but what impact is it having and what are the lessons for best practice?
This research features what works in the provision of personal guidance in schools and colleges and to identify the impact on young people.
This research compiles evidence on the career-related learning of primary aged children’s decisions, aspirations and attitudes.
The programme provides an opportunity for students to complete legal work experience virtually (online) by completing real life tasks created by Kennedy Laws trainees and apprentices and gain a unique insight into law and Kennedys.
This guide supports the use of the My Week of Work resources.
Careermag for School Leavers is a termly publication with information for school aged children offering support and information on careers and qualifications.
Careermap’s Careerometer is a live and interactive tool that gives up-to-date labour market information (LMI) to support discussions on careers. The tool also allows comparing and contrasting LMI on two different job roles.