To achieve Gatsby Benchmark 1, every school and college should have an embedded and progressive programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
Why is Benchmark 1 important?
Benchmark 1 provides the foundation for careers provision across your school, special school or college and supports you to link careers provision to your vision, priorities and to school or college improvement
Developing a progressive careers programme shaped and driven by a strategic careers plan, enables your students to make well informed decisions about education, training, apprenticeship & employment opportunities and supports then to cope with challenging labour market conditions.
What good looks like
The Kotter Model is a popular tool used by leaders to help drive change within an organisation. Like the careers strategy template, it provides you with a framework to make small changes that can make a big difference. It helps you shape the questions you are trying to answer and enables you to influence the people you work with. Carrie, Careers Hub Lead, has recorded a short film to introduce you to the model and how it can be used. If you would like for us to support you to deliver the eight-step plan to lead change, then give us a shout!
What do you have that you can utilise to help make the case? Data and evidence, hearts and minds and school priorities, what’s so different now?
What is it? Why do you need it? What key roles and individuals would you identify to become part of the coalition?
What is a vision and why is it important? Understanding the why (purpose or intent), the how (the process or implementation) and the what (impact).
It is too much for an individual to deliver!
Develop a reporting structure and embed activity within your curriculum
Highlight where your making a difference and utilise the voice of students and key stakeholders and increase engagement
With clear infrastructure and sustainable delivery models that continually review and monitor progress
A whole school approach to careers with staff, students, parents and employers connected and engaged in the journey
Watch a short video featuring Carrie Childs, Hub Lead explaining the use of the Kotter Model. HERE
There is an example Access Policy statement at the top of this page that is taken from page 39 of the ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers’. This document can also be found on this page of the website.
Access the communication sent earlier in the summer of 2022 HERE.
The main purpose of the CDI’s Career Development Framework is to clarify the skills, knowledge and attitudes that individuals need to have a positive career. A ‘positive career’ will mean something different to everyone, but it will typically include being happy with the way you spend your time, being able to make a contribution to your community and being able to have a decent standard of living.
Career development skills are the learning outcomes that career development programmes and interventions should be aiming to bring about. They need to be developed alongside academic skills and knowledge and employability skills (the skills that you need for work and employment)
Access the framework on this link.
(scroll down to the bottom of the page for the downloads).