Good career guidance ensures that all young people, whatever their needs, background or ambitions, know the options open to them and can make the informed choices needed to fulfil their potential. This is particularly important for the more than one million young people in England recognised as having SEND. Far too often, these young people can be held back by negative stereotypes and assumptions about their limitations.
A group of specialist practitioners and national advocates for SEND, formed during the pilot of the Gatsby Benchmarks, gave the clear message that it would not be appropriate to define a separate set of Benchmarks for students with SEND. But we recognise that some of the Benchmarks may be implemented in a different way in special schools and colleges, alternative provision, and for some students with SEND in the mainstream.
Gatsby has produced Good Career Guidance: Perspectives from the Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Sector, in partnership with The Careers & Enterprise Company and Disability Rights UK. It brings together the views of leading practitioners and national experts on the importance of career guidance for students with SEND. They each describe how they, or those they support, have successfully used the Benchmarks to deliver better career guidance for students with a wide range of needs and disabilities.