Gatsby Benchmarks

St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy is using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve the careers provision in place and we ensure that all eight benchmarks are in place.

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks for Good Careers Guidance:

A stable careers programme

Our school will have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.

Learning from career and labour market information (LMI)

Every student, and their parents, will have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities, that is relevant to our local area, supported by an informed adviser to make the best use of available information.

Addressing the needs of each pupil

Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. Our school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.

Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers will link curriculum learning with careers where possible. STEM subject teachers will highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths where lesson opportunities present themselves.

Encounters with employers and employees

Every student will have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace, at least one per year.

Experiences of workplaces

Every student will have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience in Year 10 to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.

Encounters with further and higher education

All students will understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace

Personal guidance

Every student will have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who is trained at Level 6 or higher, whenever significant study or career choices are being made. These interviews will be expected for all students (when they reach Year 9 onwards) but should be timed to meet their individual needs.