Gatsby Benchmarks

What are they?

The Gatsby Benchmarks were developed on behalf of the Gatsby Foundation by Sir John Holman, which aimed to highlight what ‘good careers work’ looked like. They provide a clear framework for organising the careers provision at a school or college and are used in order to develop and improve the careers provision

These benchmarks have been accepted as best practice by the Government and it is the school’s responsibility to oversee the implementation of the benchmarks within their provision. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties.

The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are:

1. A stable careers programme

2. Learning from careers and labour market information

3. Addressing the needs of each student

4. Linking curriculum learning to careers

5. Encounters with employers and employees

6. Experiences of workplaces

7. Encounters with further and higher education

8. Personal guidance