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Gatsby Benchmark - Maps and Statutory Guidance

Frameworks, statutory guidance and evaluation tools to support careers planning

Careers strategy: making the most of everyone’s skills and talents December 2017

The new Careers Statutory Guidance Oct 2018

You can view the statutory guidance here

Ofsted inspectors will take account of the quality of independent advice and guidance provided in schools

The Gatsby Benchmarks and Compass Evaluation Tool

The Gatsby Report recommended eight benchmarks for good careers guidance in school.

This was adopted by government and forms the basis of the government's current careers strategy

See the summary of the report here

Below is a link to the Compass evaluation tool that the pilot project used.


Many schools are using Compass, a free self-evaluation tool developed by the CEC for schools and sixth forms in England that gives you an immediate confidential evaluation of how your school is performing against the eight benchmarks. Compass can help you focus on what you need to do next to achieve all 8 benchmarks. 

The Career Development Institute Framework

A useful framework for careers, employability and enterprise education 7-19 was developed by the Careers Development Institute to support the planning, delivery and evaluation of careers, employability and enterprise education for schools and colleges in England.

This is currently being reviewed - with a new framework expected in 2021.

See the framework