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.


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 Careers Leaders and Faculty Heads to carry out an audit of Careers education activity to inform future plans. Cross curricular audit tool [Word document]
Careers Leader audit tool We have developed this audit tool to support Careers Leaders in a provision audit to inform the strategic planning process. Careers Leader audit tool [Word document]
Makematic Skillsumo

Skillsumo is a growing collection of bite-sized videos and animations for young people in KS5 entering the world of work.

Skillsumo KS5 Videos [website]

BBC Bitesize

BBC Bitesize has a collection of careers related resources to help young people understand the world of work from people who have found the right path for them and provides resources and guidance to help them to plan their career.

BBC Bitesize [website]

icould uses the power of personal stories to inform and inspire young people’s career choices. Free and simple to use, the site features over 1000 videos of real people talking about their careers – explaining their job role, career path and how different factors have shaped their choices.

icould [website]

Maths Lesson plans

This series of lessons cover topics within the national curriculum but links them to the world of work. Developed by the team in Stoke these lessons really bring Maths to life.

Maths Lesson Plans [Word document]

Meaningful learning experiences toolkit

This toolkit is provided by Forum Talent Potential CIC, which enables teaching professionals to create meaningful learning experiences in partnership with local employers, helping to equip young people for life beyond school.

Meaningful learning experiences Toolkit [website]

WOW Show Guides  The Careers Guides aim to give students a real encounter and insight to what it means to take up a career and become part of the army of Allied Health Professionals in the NHS who make a real difference to people’s lives. WOW show Career Guides [website]
Allied Health Website and Webinar Allied Health are bringing you some great content on health careers to share with pupils considering their options. Join them as they explore the benefits of careers in professions such as podiatry, therapeutic radiography, orthoptics, and prosthetics and orthotics. Careers in Allied Health webinars [website]
BeReady In today’s technological age, students are used to having easily accessible, engaging content at their fingertips. BeReady translates this into vital skills learning, thanks to online micro-learning modules designed to build up their CVs and confidence with every click. BeReady [website]
SkillsBuilder Hub  The Skills Builder Hub is a free-to-use online platform hosting all the resources and impact measurement tools for building the eight essential skills as outlined by the Skills Builder Universal Framework Skills Builder Hub [website]
Panjango Online  Panjango Online gives learning context and purpose by directly linking the curriculum to the real world. The platform gamifies career exploration making it more exciting for young people to explore the world of work while helping them develop the knowledge, skills and experience needed to thrive in life after school. Panjango Online [website]




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.

Hear from Careers Leaders delivering this benchmark

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