What is Gatsby Benchmark 1?

A stable careers programme

In detail

  • Every school and college should have a stable, structured careers programme that has the explicit backing of the senior management team.
  • There should be an identified and appropriately trained person responsible for it.
  • It should be published on the school’s website and accessible to pupils, parents, teachers and employers.
  • The programme should be regularly evaluated with feedback from pupils, parents, teachers and employers.

Hear from Careers Leaders delivering this benchmark

Everyone’s experience of working on Gatsby Benchmark 1 is different. Hear from a few Careers Leaders who have already achieved this benchmark in their secondary schools.


We've worked with Careers Leaders from across the country to identify useful, freely available online resources to help you:

Resource Description Access resources
Gatsby Benchmark toolkits Our practical toolkits focus on the Gatsby Benchmarks. They are designed to help schools and colleges identify what 'good' looks like across the eight benchmarks.

Toolkit for Schools [PDF]

Toolkit for Colleges [PDF]

Toolkit for SEND [PDF]

A guide for secondary school governors This guide helps governors to support Careers Leaders. Governing bodies have a key role in ensuring schools meet their legal requirements and equip pupils with the tools and knowledge to make informed choices about their futures.  A guide for secondary school governors [PDF]
Example Careers Policy template This resource is an example CEIAG policy from the Bridge, Greater Manchester team. The policy covers elements of the statutory guidance and includes an example programme, provider access policy and details around key stakeholder responsibilities. Example CEIAG policy
Website Guidance document This was developed by the team at Bridge, Greater Manchester to support schools when designing their careers website.  It offers support around statutory requirements and content to support an effective careers education offer. What to include on a school/college careers website
Website Audit document This was developed in the Liverpool network to support an audit of a careers website in a school/college.  It covers all elements of an effective website and supports Careers Leaders to identify any areas for development and top tips.  Careers Website Audit template
Strategic Careers Plan An example of a strategic Careers plan. Written by the Careers Lead at Walker Riverside Academy, it includes sections on vision, strategic leadership, action plans and evaluation. Example Strategic Action Plan
Strategic Plan Guidance Document This Strategic Plan template follows guidance from Teach First and from the free online ‘Introduction to Careers Leadership’ modules available on the Careers & Enterprise Company website Strategic Plan Guidance Document
Compass Support Prompt Questions These prompt questions are designed to support a review process, enabling every school to feel confident they have achieved all eight benchmarks securely.  Please note that these questions are prompts to encourage further good practice rather than add additional sub benchmark questions Compass Support Prompt Questions 
Annual Review Checklist This checklist can be used by the Careers Leader as an annual review of provision to support planning for the following year. It takes into account all stakeholders views and provides evidence of impact. Annual Review Checklist