Brownhill Learning Community

Brownhill Learning Community

Information for Staff

The government has created a framework of guidelines that as a school we should look to implement.  These are known as the Gatsby Benchmarks, a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in schools and colleges.

The Careers Strategy is built around them, and they make a great place to start for planning or improving your programme.

The eight Gatsby Benchmarks are:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance.

Click the logo below for more information on the Gatsby Benchmarks


What can I do to support careers?

As a community we have a responsibility to ensure that all our students can benefit from the experience of hearing and seeing first-hand about the world of work.

Therefore, from as early as primary age right through to year 11 we need to be working with employers to make sure that our students are building up a picture of what is to come in their futures and what they need to do to get there.

Next Steps.......The future.......

Curriculum subjects needs to have an element of CEIAG embedded into lessons putting a focus on why our students need to know this and how it will help in the future. 

Some tips for how to do this:

  • Create a 'Careers' display to show routes and progression in your subject
  • Create posters to show courses and apprenticeships in your subject
  • Create a display in your room to show why your subject is vital for careers and the world of work
  • Invite a guest speaker from one of our Local colleges or universities to promote and raise aspirations
  • Invite a local business employee/employer to discuss how they use your subject in your lesson
  • Arrange a visit to a workplace related to your subject area.  Careers can be part of the focus
  • Discuss pathways with your subject, and how it could be taken further at Post 16, degree level or through an apprenticeship, discussing the careers and jobs it could lead to

Careers is now embedded in with the PSHCE curriculum and will be accessed by Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 pupils in the way of the AQA unit awards.  These lessons will take place in the Spring Term supported across the sites by the CEIAG team.  Primary students will continue to have Life Skills lessons.

Student Progression

Supporting the progression of pupils onto suitable post-16 and post-18 options is a team effort and it is important as a team of staff to work collaboratively for the benefit of our leavers.

To this end, please find links to the various resources that you might require to support the young people in your various roles as Subject Teachers, Form Tutor, and/or Teaching Assistants.

Please see resource links below that could support our team effort

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