What is Gatsby Benchmark 4?

Linking curriculum learning to careers

In detail

  • By the age of 14, every pupil should have had the opportunity to learn how the different STEM subjects help people to gain entry to, and be more effective workers within, a wide range of careers.

Hear from Careers Leaders delivering this benchmark

Careers Leaders speak about ways they have approached Gatsby Benchmark 4.


We have worked with Careers Leaders from across the sector to identify useful online resources that are freely available:

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]

Subject in a box Subject in a box, provides insight into degree-levey study with engaging curriculum linked lessons suitable for Key Stage 4 level learning. Developed by Loughborough University.  Subject in a box [website]
LifeSkills created with Barclays LifeSkills provides educators with access to free online interactive resources, curriculum linked lessons and work experience opportunities and includes lessons adapted for students with SEND. Commended by City and Guilds.  LifeSkills [website]
Lesson plans for embedding careers Lesson plans that support teachers of maths, science and English to embed careers within their subjects. Developed within the Tees Valley network. Lesson plans [website]
Cross curricular audit tool Developed by the team in the Black Country, this document can be used by Career Leaders and Faculty Heads to carry out an audit of Careers education activity to inform future plans. Cross curricular audit tool
Careers Leader audit tool This audit tool has been developed by the CEC to support Careers Leaders in a whole provision audit to inform the strategic planning process Careers Leader audit tool


Key reports from our research on this Benchmark:

Careers in the curriculum. What works?
Provides examples and resources for best practice when it comes to careers in the curriculum.