The Gatsby Benchmarks - A term that’s being thrown around and spoken about a lot in the education sector right now. But what are they?
The Gatsby Benchmarks have been adopted by the government in their recent careers strategy and statutory guidance for careers. They consist of eight guidelines that promote high-class careers guidance so students can make informed decisions about their future.
They act as a skeleton and base for schools to shape and propel their careers education, information and guidance – and have been seen as something necessary for the UK’s schools and colleges due to CEIAG often criticised for being inadequate and lacking.
At Springpod, we want all students to discover their future career and believe that effective and high-class CEIAG is at the heart of everything we do. Take a look at how a free partnership with Springpod can help you meet those all-important Gatsby benchmarks.
1. A stable careers programme
By bringing together the student, the school and the employer all on one network, Springpod offers a holistic and free solution that enables you to solidify a careers programme that helps inform students about future options, enables interaction with industry ambassadors and facilitates connections with live opportunities. Our reliable destination data stimulates informed CEIAG and creates a stable careers strategy for your institution.
2. Learning from career and labour market information
Springpod offers students access to reliable and relevant information in a slick and easy-to-consume form. Through data from LMI For All and a library full of careers pulled from the National Careers Service, Springpod is bursting at the seams with pertinent, interesting data to allow students to throw themselves into the nitty-gritty. And more importantly, understand the roles in more detail.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
Every student's Springpod experience is tailored and personalised, right from the get-go of creating a personal digital profile all the way to granular destination data that enables you to understand your student body better than ever before. You are also able to interpret student interest data, thereby gaining information on the career paths and companies that the students are keen to engage with.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
Through curriculum-focussed careers broadcasts and collaborative lesson plans with top companies, Springpod helps build the bridge between academic structure and the world of work. These innovative solutions offer every student on the Springpod network get a much better understanding of what it's really like to be doing their dream roles.
5. Encounters with employers and employees
Springpod supports this benchmark by facilitating company ambassador encounters within the virtual world. Company ambassadors on the platform add testimonials and answer questions from students, thereby establishing connections. Our broadcasts, hosted through Springpod Live, also offer opportunities for students to get one step closer to their role models and employers within the world of work.
6. Experiences of workplaces
Through Springpod, students can search for and apply for work experience placements. Through their Career Progress Tracker, students are prompted to apply for work experience in career paths and companies they are interested in when the opportunities pop up. Students can also record work experience they have found outside of the platform, onto the platform, becoming a comprehensive overview of their workplace involvement.
7. Encounters with further and higher education
At Springpod, we're constantly innovating to make it easier for students to discover their future career. Connecting students with higher education opportunities is something we're working on. Students will soon be able to use the Springpod network to explore universities and further study options just as they are able to do with apprenticeships and similar early career pathways.
8. Personal guidance
Using Springpod, one-to-one meetings can be much more personalised and productive using our data and stats based on your student’s interaction with our network, enabling bespoke CEIAG with click of a button.
To learn more about Springpod and joining our free schools partner programme, book a demo - we'd love to have a chat.