Careers Leadership and Self-Evaluation
The government’s new careers strategy requires every school to have a ‘Careers Leader’ by September 2018, someone who has the energy and commitment, and backing from their senior leadership team, to deliver the careers programme across all eight Gatsby Benchmarks.
This Careers Leader will need to put in place a new plan to develop and improve careers provision. The strategy recommends that leaders use Compass , the online self-evaluation tool developed by the Gatsby Foundation and the Careers & Enterprise Company. Compass works by asking schools to answer a series of questions about what careers provision they offer. On completing the questions, your school will receive a confidential report showing how you compare to the Gatsby Benchmarks. Over time a school can return to the tool, see their previous results and repeat the assessment as provision develops. The most recent analysis of the Compass data found that the overwhelming majority of schools (79.4%) achieve at least one Benchmark and most (51%) achieve at least two. While only a small number of schools report excellent provision, many schools are partially meeting the Benchmarks. This analysis suggests that careers leadership, clear strategy and resourcing are all going to be key to achieving the Benchmarks.