The Gatsby Benchmarks

Click here to view our March 2024 Gatsby benchmark evaluation

Date of next review: September 2024
If you would like to submit feedback on our Careers Provision, please contact the Careers Lead directly.

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges. Our careers strategy and programme is built around these benchmarks, and every subject now embeds them within their curriculum or extra-curricular activities

Research tells us that careers education is the linchpin for school improvement – pupils are motivated when they know what they want to achieve in their lives and how to go about it.

The publication of Careers Guidance and Access for Education & Training Providers in January 2018 clearly states:

“A successful careers guidance programme will also be reflected in higher numbers of pupils progressing to positive destinations such as apprenticeships, technical routes, sixth form colleges, FE colleges, university or employment.”

OBA is committed to the Government’s Careers Strategy to provide a high quality careers programme for all students and to fulfil the following benchmarks by 2025:

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance