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Indigo and the Gatsby Benchmarks

Indigo and the Gatsby Benchmarks

Indigo is our new complete, integrated solution for careers leaders, including modules for exploring careers, choosing university courses, managing work experience and lesson planning.  It has been designed to help Careers Leaders to meet all of the Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance, which schools have been asked to start implementing from this September. Download this PDF… Read more »


Long distance CPD for overseas careers professionals

Keeping up to date with what is happening in professional practice is always a challenge. We all struggle to find time as we try to juggle the competing commitments we have on a day to day basis. Ironically those of us who work helping others to develop and plan their careers are often the worst!… Read more »


From forming to performing – a starting point for the new careers leader

Careers Leader role

By Janet Colledge Mention careers to most teachers and their understanding is that it is a careers interview, perhaps a few CV lessons and a bit of work experience. Outside of the careers profession there is a distinct lack of awareness of CEIAG in its fullest sense. As a newly, or even not so newly,… Read more »


Making links with employers

The benefits of employer encounters have been clear for some time, yet this is one of the Gatsby benchmarks that schools tend to struggle with. According to State of the Nation 2017, only ‘37% of schools report that the overwhelming majority or all of their students have at least one meaningful encounter every year that… Read more »


Every school to have a careers leader?

It’s looking more and more likely that the long-awaited government career strategy will be published in the next couple of months, and that the new statutory guidance will follow early in 2018. The Career Management Quality Alliance (a new sector-wide body who represent Assessment Services Ltd, the Career Development Institute (CDI), Careers England and the… Read more »


Preparing for the new term – key things to consider for your careers provision this autumn

The Y11s have left, the Y13s have gone. Time to put your feet up? Not quite. If you’re involved in career guidance or careers leadership in schools or colleges, the summer term might well include some time for reflection: analysing student feedback, reviewing activities and pondering what worked the previous year. The cycle of supporting… Read more »


Saving the crop – why England needs National Careers Week

Guest blogger Janet Colledge explains the need for cross pollination: For those of us in the sphere of careers education and advice, it’s been a very rough ride into the 21st century. In the past 16 years, we’ve moved from local authorities having careers service departments via Connexions to the school-driven ‘patchy service’ that the… Read more »


The importance of high quality careers guidance

Few, if any, would argue with the assertion that high quality careers guidance is a ‘good thing’, but what is good quality careers guidance? How do we know that careers guidance practice is effective? Since the demise of the Connexions Service in England in 2012, schools have been passed the baton of ensuring good quality… Read more »