Careers in the Curriculum: Making Gatsby Benchmark 4 work for all staff is a marathon, not a sprint!

Speak to many careers practitioners working in secondary or further education regarding the challenge of achieving the Gatsby Benchmarks and the conversation will often return to the same topic – namely, the difficulties around hitting Gatsby Benchmark 4, otherwise known as embedding careers within the curriculum. Although the figures from the Careers and Enterprise Company’s… Read more »


Why it’s important for careers leaders to make their feelings (and needs) known to Ofsted

In the middle of the cold dark first few weeks back after the merriness and relaxation of the Christmas holidays, Ofsted launched its draft common inspection framework (CIF) ready for educationalists, and the public at large, to comment upon. Why should I get involved in this? Where do I get the time? These sorts of… Read more »


The Careers Leader Handbook, new one-day workshop Birmingham

Careers Leader Handbook workshops

by David Andrews and Tristram Hooley Join a one-day workshop, led by the two authors, to introduce The Careers Leader Handbook, the essential new resource for careers leaders in schools and colleges.  Booking form below. Wednesday 27 March 2019 09.30 – 16.00 Jurys Inn, Broad Street, Birmingham The Government’s new strategy for careers requires all schools and… Read more »


7 questions to find out where you are now with your careers programme

Careers Leader

by David Andrews and Tristram Hooley Your most important role as a careers leader is to oversee the whole careers programme and help to organise everyone involved in it. The first of the Gatsby Benchmarks is focused on this and provides some useful guidance which will help you to ensure the coherence and effectiveness of… Read more »


Preparing to talk about University choice at the personal guidance interview

Careers Advisor

The Careers and Enterprise Company published a report last month called ‘Personal Guidance: What Works?’ written by Julia Everitt, Siobhan Neary, Marco Antonio Delgardo Fuentes and Lewis Clark. In this report, the personal guidance interview is discussed and it is suggested that preparatory worksheets or workbooks would be useful to help students get the most… Read more »


The Careers Leader Handbook launch

The Careers Leader Handbook launch

Last week saw the book launch event for The Careers Leader Handbook, the practical guide to creating an outstanding careers programme for your school or college. This new title is designed to support careers leaders in response to the new statutory guidance for every school to have a named Careers Leader from September 2018, and to… Read more »


Primary careers why, who and how?

Primary careers

By Janet Colledge In November the CDI announced a new UKCDA award category, Primary School Careers Activity/Programme, sponsored by National Careers Week. Also, the Careers and Enterprise Company will be announcing their fund for development of primary school programmes and activities. This is in response to the provision of a £2m pot of money to… Read more »


Meeting Gatsby Benchmark 1 – catch up on the webinar

Meeting Gatsby Benchmark 1

Every school and college should have a careers programme that is coherent, which supports young people to move through their education and on to the next stage of their life and equips them to manage their future progression through learning and work.  This programme is not just a collection of activities but a progressive pathway… Read more »


Whose CPD is a careers leader responsible for?

By David Andrews and Tristram Hooley Careers leaders in most schools will probably have at most one or two colleagues who they line manage: the careers administrator and, where schools employ their own internal careers adviser, the careers adviser. The situation is different in schools that have developed a ‘distributed leadership’ approach, with a senior,… Read more »


The Careers Leader Handbook, a one-day workshop – London and York

Careers Leader Handbook workshops

by David Andrews and Tristram Hooley Join a one-day workshop, led by the two authors, to introduce The Careers Leader Handbook, the essential new resource for careers leaders in schools and colleges.  Booking form below. Thursday 15 November 10.00 – 16.00 The Wesley Hotel, Euston, London Tuesday 20 November 10.00 – 16.00 DoubleTree by Hilton, York The… Read more »