Careers Leader

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.


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Gatsby BM2, 3, 5, 6, 7
Key stages

Making it Meaningful: Benchmark 7

This resource supports Careers Leaders to embed encounters with providers of all routes available to students at key transitions within a progressive careers programme.

The following guiding principles will support an approach to Benchmark 7 and to Provider Access Legislation, whilst being aligned to Benchmarks 1 and 3 including setting aims, planning meaningful delivery and impact evaluation of activity.

To accompany this resource, watch the film to hear from educators, providers and young people about the impact these principles can have in a range of settings.

Gatsby BM2, 5, 6, 7, 8
Key stages

Immerse Education

Immerse Education offers two week programmes in academic subject development with tutors from the University of Oxford and Cambridge. These take place as a residential programme in July and August, with accommodation provided at the universities, and a full programme of support academic and social activities.

There are also options to take part virtually, with an Online Academic Insights programme that runs for two weeks in December, April and throughout July and August. Although this is a fee-paying programme, we have bursaries available, and offer scholarships based on an essay competition open to all students aged 13-18.

Gatsby BM4, 5
Key stages

IGD Educator Hub

Our free lesson plans, activities and videos will develop students’ employability skills to help them prepare for the world of work and increase students’ awareness of the variety of roles within the food and grocery industry.

Gatsby BM3, 4, 5
Key stages


Use this content-rich website to inform and inspire young people’s career choices – featuring over 1,000 videos of real people talking about their careers.

Gatsby BM3, 5, 6, 7
Key stages

HSBC Resources

HSBC have a number of resources available to support young people when thinking about their career pathways from work experience opportunities to activities to support them in thinking about the different pathways into a career at HSBC. 

Gatsby BM1, 3, 4, 7
Key stages

HE Unboxed

Help students understand the range of opportunities available to them through Higher Education – and inspire them to continue learning at this level.

Gatsby BM1
Key stages

Governor slide deck

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