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Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks came about in 2013 when research was undertaken on what pragmatic actions could improve career guidance in England and the result was the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks. The Benchmarks are based on international best practices and are challenging but achievable. 

Why is careers guidance so important?

Careers guidance is important for a number of reasons:

  • It raises young peoples aspirations and allows them to take advantage of the opportunities available to them.
  • By providing high quality careers guidance you furnish young people with the tools to make informed careers decisions.
  • Careers guidance is a instrument for social justice: young people without social capital or home support suffer most from poor career guidance. 


The eight Gatsby Benchmarks:

The eight Benchmarks are guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges:

This table was taken from The Careers and Enterprise Company 

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