Gatsby Benchmark 3 – Addressing the needs of each pupil.

Careers Adviser giving students careers guidance

What is Gatsby Benchmark 3?

Gatsby Benchmark 3 focuses on ‘Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil’. It aims to challenge stereotypical perceptions, provide tailored career activities, and support students in their unique career journeys. Afterall we are all beautifully unique, and so should the careers education and guidance be that young people receive.

Why is Gatsby Benchmark 3 important?

Gatsby Benchmark 3 holds the utmost significance in fostering a comprehensive career guidance ecosystem. This benchmark helps young people by providing advice and support that matches their own goals and own abilities. It promotes a culture of togetherness and equity, enabling each student to raise aspirations and explore a range of possibilities.

Whether it’s a learning difficulty or a unique vision that isn’t ‘the norm,’ Gatsby Benchmark 3 is all about schools and colleges embracing the diversity and individualism of young people, and building a careers programme that allows for these individualisms to be recognised and supported, after all, one size does not fit all.

Gatsby Benchmark 3

The Importance of Destination Data

Tracking where students go after leaving school is valuable for helping schools to plan their career programmes in school effectively. It shows how well schools prepare students for their future and helps improve career programmes.

Collecting Destination Data

Maintaining accurate and comprehensive destination data is paramount. Schools and colleges must regularly collect, maintain, and report on records of where students progress onto after leaving their provision. This information helps in assessing the effectiveness of career guidance and adjusting programmes accordingly.

Using Destination Data

Destination data is not only about tracking career paths but also about assessing the impact of career provision. By analysing this data, institutions can gain insights into areas of success and improvement. It facilitates evidence-based decision-making, enhancing the overall quality of career guidance.

What are the Gatsby Benchmark 3 questions on the Compass evaluation?

To fully understand Gatsby Benchmark 3, the Compass evaluation asks questions to assess how well a school meets students’ individual needs. These questions guide institutions in aligning their practices with the benchmark’s principles, ensuring holistic support for every student.

As Gatsby Benchmark 3 focuses on “Addressing the Needs of Each Pupil,” the Compass evaluation asks about how well a school meets students’ needs and gives career guidance. Some potential questions could be:

  • How do you identify the specific needs and aspirations of each pupil in your institution?
  • Describe your process for tailoring careers guidance to individual students, taking into account their strengths and interests.
  • Can you provide examples of how you challenge stereotypical career choices and encourage students to explore a diverse range of options?
  • How do you ensure that students with different learning styles and abilities have equal access to careers guidance?
  • Describe any initiatives or programs you have in place to support students with additional needs or specific career aspirations.
  • How do you involve parents, guardians, and mentors in the careers guidance process to ensure a holistic approach?
  • Provide examples of how you collaborate with external organizations or professionals to provide specialized support for certain student groups.
  • Can you share success stories of students who benefited from your tailored careers guidance programs and had their aspirations nurtured?

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How Progress Careers can help you to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks

Our dedicated careers app, iProgress, offers career leaders access to a plethora of tools and resources to help track their careers provision by student, year group and demographic to name just a few. We work closely with our schools to understand the key year groups and identify students who will require differentiated approaches. We work closely with SENCOs, Inclusion Managers, referral partners and external agencies, as well as parents/carers to make sure that the guidance we provide is tailored to each individual student’s needs.

Through iProgress, we track aspirations, intended destinations, applications, offers of places and final destinations whilst also keeping detailing narratives of the conversations we have with young people.

Gatsby Benchmark 3 is important for careers and education, as it focuses on each student’s specific needs. Institutions can offer a comprehensive and inclusive career program by customizing career activities, supporting student goals, and using destination data. This programme prepares young people for success in their individual career paths. Embrace Gatsby Benchmark 3 and embark on a journey of personalised growth and success.

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