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Gastby Benchmarks

Benchmark Requirements





1. A STABLE CAREERS PROGRAMME  Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers. 


2. LEARNING FROM CAREER AND LABOUR MARKET INFORMATION  Every student, and their parents, should access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information. 


3. ADDRESSING THE NEEDS OF EACH STUDENT  Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each student. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout. 


4.LINKING CURRICULUM LEARNING TO CAREERS  All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths. 


5. ENCOUNTERS WITH EMPLOYERS AND EMPLOYEES  Every student should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes. 


6. EXPERIENCES OF WORKPLACES  Every student should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks. 


7. ENCOUNTERS WITH FURTHER AND HIGHER EDUCATION  All students should 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. 


8. PERSONAL GUIDANCE  Every student should have opportunities for guidance interviews with a career adviser, who could be internal (a member of school staff) or external, provided they are trained to an appropriate level. These should be available whenever significant study or career choices are being made. 


Compass Evaluations against Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby Benchmark 2020 2019 2018
1. A stable careers programme 100% 88% 64%
2. Learning from career and labour market information 100% 100% 0%
3. Addressing the needs of each student 100% 100% 85%
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers 100% 100% 50%
5. Encounters with employers and employees 100% 100% 100%
6. Experiences of the workplace 100% 100% 100%
7. Encounters with further education and higher education 100% 100% 100%
8. Personal guidance 100% 100% 100%

Gatsby Benchmark Evaluations

We at Cockshut Hill are leading the way amongst other Birmingham Schools providing quality information, advice and guidance for all our students during 2020-2021.

In 2020, we were nominated as a Career Champion