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What are the Gatsby Benchmarks?

“Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them.”

Sir John Holman

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a series of measures that have been put in place as part of the Government’s Career strategy – a comprehensive review of effective careers education across the UK.

The 2017 Careers Strategy made it a requirement for all schools to work towards achieving The Gatsby Benchmarks; 8 standards of World Class Careers education that schools can use as a framework for improving their careers provision. All schools are required to evaluate their progress against the Gatsby Benchmarks annually and should maintain an up to date record of all enterprise and careers events offered to their students.

The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are;

• A stable careers programme

• Learning from career and labour market information

• Addressing the needs of each pupil

• Linking curriculum learning to careers

• Encounters with employers and employees

• Experiences of workplaces

• Encounters with further and higher education

• Personal guidance

Enterprise competitions such as The National Enterprise Challenge are widely acknowledged to improve learning outcomes for young people and can support schools in achieving the Gatsby benchmarks, particularly benchmarks 4 and 5. 

Data also shows that young adults who take part in effective school-mediated employer engagement activities earn up to 16.4% more than their peers who did not take part in such activities.

The 2019/20 National Enterprise Challenges have been designed specifically to support schools in achieving benchmarks 1,2,3,4,5 & 7. 

To view our TNEC Mapping Guide click here.

To  find out more about how The National Enterprise Challenge can help your school achieve The Gatsby Benchmarks through our range of other programmes and activities please click here or call us on 01785 550160S

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