To test the eight benchmarks identified in the Good Career Guidance Report and collect evidence on the impact of the framework, Gatsby funded the North East Local Enterprise Partnership to run a Good Career Guidance Benchmarks Pilot across 13 state-funded secondary schools and 3 colleges in the UK.
After the publication of Sir John Holman's Good Career Guidance Report, which identified eight good practice benchmarks, we began working with the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (North East LEP) to pilot the framework in 16 schools and colleges (including an outstanding school and a pupil referral unit). The pilot challenged the 16 institutions to work towards all eight benchmarks over two years, with an evaluation tracking impact for two further years until 2019. The pilot is identifying the enablers and barriers in each school and college and modelling a sustainable and replicable approach to delivering good career guidance in a region. This good practice will be used to help us support schools and colleges across the country improve their career guidance.
Since the inception of the pilot in September 2015, the Good Career Guidance Benchmarks Pilot has resulted in transformational changes to schools’ career programmes across the North East. The rapid improvements seen in the pilot have been due to; prompt reprioritisation by senior leaders, improved school and college career leadership and strong regional coordination from the LEP. We have seen that both institutional leadership and regional leadership are needed for there to be a significant improvement in career guidance.