Encounters with Higher and Further education - Practical ideas for achieving Gatsby Benchmark 7

We carried out focus groups with Careers Leaders from 16 schools, colleges and special schools. The focus groups explored approaches to delivering encounters, and strategies to ensure they are meaningful and available to all students. Focus groups and interviews with representatives from the FE and the HE sectors, and with The Careers & Enterprise Company’s Education and Network teams were carried out to obtain additional information about barriers to and enablers of encounters with further and higher education.


  • Careers Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Free
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Research
  • SEND