Gatsby Benchmark toolkit – schools

This practical toolkit from The Careers & Enterprise Company focuses on the Gatsby Benchmarks. It is designed to help schools identify what ‘good’ looks like across all eight benchmarks – and it includes case studies of best practice, as well as tips and practical suggestions for implementing the benchmarks.

Each benchmark is broken down into the following key sections:

  • What good looks like – contains the definition of the individual benchmark as laid out in The Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Career Guidance
  • Why this matters – outlines why this benchmark should be a focus and how it contributes to outstanding careers provision
  • What this means in practice – guidance and steps that schools can follow to meet the benchmark
  • Top tips for schools – actionable tips on how to start to delivering the benchmark
  • Top tips for employers – actionable tips for your employer partners in supporting benchmark delivery
  • Example resources – these are example only and will be updated annually


  • Free
  • Benchmark 1
  • Benchmark 2
  • Benchmark 3
  • Benchmark 4
  • Benchmark 5
  • Benchmark 6
  • Benchmark 7
  • Benchmark 8
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • Information booklets/sheets
  • SEND
Top tips
  • Use this toolkit as a guide to support progress in all Gatsby Benchmarks
  • Quickly identify what ‘good’ looks like
  • Refer to the guide over time as you develop your programme