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Celebrating Full Compliance with the Gatsby Benchmarks

Celebrating Full Compliance with the Gatsby Benchmarks

Outstanding Careers at Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College


Careers Education, Careers Guidance and Work Experience are integral to a students’ development and growth at Haberdashers’ Hatcham College and serve as a preparation for their transition to adulthood.

How we measure and assess the impact of the careers programme on pupils?

Haberdashers' Hatcham College works closely with the Careers and Enterprise company. This is an external organisation that supports schools to ensure they are following the DFEs newly devised Careers Strategy. 

“The careers strategy sets out that every school and academy providing secondary education should use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to develop and improve their careers provision. This statutory guidance has been restructured around the Benchmarks with information on what schools need to do to meet each one. The Gatsby Benchmarks are not a statutory framework but by adopting them, schools can be confident that they are fulfilling their legal duties: the existing duties to secure independent careers guidance and provide opportunities to a range of providers to inform pupils about technical education qualifications or apprenticeships and the new duty to publish information about the careers programme on the school website.”

As an education establishment we ensure we use the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks as a foundation when planning and implementing our Careers Strategy. The effectiveness of our provision is inspected and audited by the Careers and Enterprise Company using the Compass Careers Benchmark Tool.

What Are The Gatsby Benchmarks?

Good career guidance is critical if young people are to raise their aspirations and capitalise on the opportunities available to them, every young person needs high-quality career guidance to make informed decisions about their future.

The Good Career Guidance Report identified a set of eight benchmarks which schools can use as a framework for evaluating their careers provision, the eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

How Does Haberdashers’ Hatcham College Score against the Gatsby Benchmarks?

Please see a breakdown of our school’s Career Education and Guidance provision using the Compass Tool below: 

(The Compass is a tool created by the Career and Enterprise Company.

It helps us plan and evaluate our careers and enterprise work by benchmarking our current activity.) 

Haberdashers’ Hatcham College Career Service fully meet both the Gatsby Benchmarks and the Education Act 2011. Career Practice is an essential part of the transition process at Haberdashers’. The Career Service will support students development and ensure their successful transition with the provision of face to face impartial advice and guidance. The presence of career-related activities provide the connection between learning and earning, you will find these incredibly useful as they will equip you with the knowledge, skills and attributes needed to enter and thrive in the working world.

Our Multi-Award Winning Qualified Careers Lead - Careers Guidance Practitioner, Mr Shenbanjo is the first point of contact for students who are thinking about their GCSE Options, Post-16 decision making or thinking about what their next step is Post-18. Last academic year, he supported more than 627 students in KS3, 4 and 5 and has delivered more than 510hrs of face to face guidance to students. He also helped a number of our Year 13 students secure prestigious apprenticeships at leading UK companies. Mr Shenbanjo provides students with a complete spectrum of information, advice and guidance, with the bulk of the work carried out during face to face consultations He calls on his extensive knowledge of the post-16 / 18 landscape, labour market information, access routes for careers and recommended qualifications to be able to advise, guide and support students so they can decide on and gain access to the most appropriate and realistic next step.

As you can see from the above, the Gatsby Benchmarks underpin the Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham College Career Service strategy and policy.

Getting In Touch With The Hatcham Career Service

For more information about the Hatcham College Career Service, please check out the Hatcham College Career Service website using this link:


If you would like to connect with the career service, book an appointment or find out more about the large number of opportunities available please e-mail t.shenbanjo@haaf.org.uk