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

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

Brooke Weston Academy follows the advice and guidance supplied by 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 following information is an extract taken from this guidance.

“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 our Careers Strategy. The effectiveness of our provision is inspected and audited by the Careers and Enterprise Company using the Compass Careers Benchmark Tool. This tool is used by schools and colleges in England to support the analysis and evaluation of careers activity against the eight benchmarks of best practice (known as the Gatsby Benchmarks). The Careers and Enterprise Company and South East Midlands Local Enterprise Group (SEMLEP) coordinate and audit this information.  This ensures the development of our career’s strategy is ongoing to ensure best practice. Brooke Weston works closely with SEMLEP who regularly support and provide the academy with up-to-date LMI information, assembly presentations and advice and guidance to our Careers Leader. Below is the list of our termly deadlines for the completion of our termly audits until the end of 2023.


Brooke Weston Compass audit deadlines for 2022-23

Term 1 Friday 14th October 2022

Term 2 Thursday 22nd December 2022

Term 3 Friday 3rd March 2023

Term 4 Friday 12th May 2023

Term 5 Friday 21st July 2023

In line with the recommendations set out in Gatsby Benchmark 1, we as a school plan to review the published information on an annual basis, inviting feedback from key audiences. This includes both parental and student voice feedback from our wide-ranging initiatives throughout the year, such as year group work shadowing, guest presentations and career meeting interviews.

We review & add content to this page on a regular basis. The next full audit will take place in September 2023

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