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Careers guidance: what you need to know

Extract from statutory guidance ‘Careers guidance and access for education and training providers’
(January 2018)

Quality assurance and feedback
This statutory guidance has been restructured around the Gatsby Benchmarks with information on what schools need to do to meet each one. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties.


The quality of the school careers programme

Compass is an online self-evaluation tool for schools to use to assess how their careers support compares against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national average. Schools should baseline themselves using this tool, consider the opportunities to improve their careers programme based on their confidential results, and track their progress against the Benchmarks over time.

The quality of independent career providers
Both co-ordinated external support and an appropriately skilled and experienced leader in school are important to help schools meet the Gatsby Benchmarks. Schools should use a qualified careers professional to provide personal guidance interviews.

The Careers Development Institute (CDI) has developed:
• A set of professional standards for careers advisers
• Guidelines on how advisers can develop their own skills and gain higher qualifications and
• A Professional Register for advisers who hold a Level 6 or higher qualifications.

Registration shows that a careers adviser is professionally qualified and abides by the CDI Code of Ethics.

Professional Development Placements

Professional development placements and work experience are significant education business link activities. Placements can refresh and update a teachers professional knowledge, act as a stimulus for classroom material, provide opportunities for sustainable links with business, and address personal training requirements and develop management and leadership skills. We are be able to help plan and deliver placements around individual, group, or sometimes whole schools requirements.

Once we have identified your needs we will:
• Identify suitable placement opportunities
• Negotiate a placement with the business and agree a suitable timetable
• Set up a pre-placement meeting to discuss and finalise your programme
• Support and evaluate the placement
• Help identify any future training and curriculum needs

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