Gatsby Benchmark Support

In the downloadable resource, you will find links to a short video series with Alex Nightingale and Debbie Boon that looks at each of the Gatsby Benchmarks. In each section there are a number of links that take you to some resources mentioned in the videos.

Download the support guide here


What are the Gatsby Benchmarks? 

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a set of guidelines which help Careers Leaders to plan the careers strategy for their school or college. There are eight benchmarks covering a range of themes. 

The benchmarks are used by Ofsted to assess the quality of careers education and provision. 

It has been proven that if a school or college meets all 8 of the Gatsby Benchmarks, students from that institution will be nearly 10% less likely to be NEET (not in education employment or training) upon leaving formal education. 


The Careers and Enterprise Company

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) is a government funded organisation that works with all Local Enterprise Partnerships in England. Its role is to support education establishments and businesses to work collaboratively, and shape careers activity in schools and colleges. The CEC uses the Gatsby Benchmarks as a means of assessing careers activity in a school/college. The CEC is a therefore a key partner for the Greater Lincolnshire Enterprise Adviser Network (EAN).


You can access this Gatsby Benchmark toolkit provided by The CEC designed for schools:

School toolkit 


Alternatively, you can access this Gatsby Benchmark toolkit provided by The CEC designed for colleges:

College toolkit