Making it Meaningful: Benchmark 7

Guiding Principles: BM7

  • Start early

Implement a progressive programme that broadens horizons and scaffolds development of knowledge & understanding required for students to identify their best next steps from when students join you.

  • True advocacy

Grow your expertise in all career pathways and opportunities for young people.

Become an expert in the latest vocational and technical opportunities for your young people.


  • Challenge misconception and assumptions head on.

Consider all stakeholders and their knowledge, understanding and potential misconceptions.


  • Equality of access to information and understanding.

All pathways for all young people.

Provide equity of access to information and understanding.


  • Be informed by trends and success

Use destination data and LMI to identify any gaps and implement appropriate intervention.

Use relevant destinations data and LMI to inform continuous improvement.

Harness employer and alumni voice through multi-BM approaches where young people can be supported to understand learning opportunities through encounters and experiences of the workplace.


  • Careers Leader
  • Education Leader
  • Further Education provider
  • Training Provider
  • Free
  • BM2: Learning from Career and Labour Market Information
  • BM3: Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • BM5: Encounters with Employers and Employees
  • BM7: Encounters with Further and Higher Education
  • BM6: Experiences of the workplace
  • Key stage 3
  • Key stage 4
  • Further education and skills
  • Guidance
  • Evaluation/impact measurement tool
  • SEND