The Gatsby Benchmarks & CDI Framework
The careers and employability programme at Lees Brook Community School consists of a range of activities in the following areas:
Careers Education: Planned programmes in the curriculum giving students knowledge and skills to help them to plan and manage their own career.
Career Information: Including qualifications, skills, occupations, labour market information (LMI), pathways and progression routes.
Careers Advice and Guidance: Independent and impartial careers advice and guidance provided by qualified careers advisors.
Work Related Learning: Experiences within and outside the curriculum to help students learn about specific careers and work place behaviours.
The programme ensures coverage of the Gatsby Benchmarks and the CDI framework.
A stable Careers Programme – Every school and college should have an embedded programme of career education and guidance that is known and understood by students, parents, teachers, governors and employers.
Learning from career and labour market information – Every student, and their parents, should have access to good quality information about future study options and labour market opportunities. They will need the support of an informed adviser to make best use of available information.
Addressing the needs of each pupil – Students have different career guidance needs at different stages. Opportunities for advice and support need to be tailored to the needs of each pupil. A school’s careers programme should embed equality and diversity considerations throughout.
Linking curriculum to careers – All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects for a wide range of future career paths.
Encounters with employers and employees – Every pupil should have multiple opportunities to learn from employers about work, employment and the skills that are valued in the workplace. This can be through a range of enrichment activities including visiting speakers, mentoring and enterprise schemes.
Experience of work places – Every pupil should have first-hand experiences of the workplace through work visits, work shadowing and/or work experience to help their exploration of career opportunities, and expand their networks.
Encounters of further and higher education – All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.
Personal guidance – All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.