The Gatsby Benchmarks are the national measure for how well schools are doing with their careers education, and require all teachers to link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects to diverse careers. Talk to Careers Leader Ali Borrell and to Careers Advisor Sarah Rooney about how to do this in your subject. One easy idea is to spend five minutes at the start of class talking about jobs relating to the topic, as a warm up. Inviting a local employer or former student to visit the class – face to face, or online – will also bring the topic to life. Sarah and Ali can advise you on how to go about this.  You can also use subject noticeboards to display colourful and inspiring posters about related jobs and the careers journeys of celebrities and former students who studied your subject or have (or had) a related occupation. Sharing your own career journey is also a good ‘way in’ to conversations about careers, which will help prepare students for their own career decisions and the world of work. For more ideas see the Careers East Sussex website. Do let Ali and Sarah know about any careers activity that you are delivering, which will help boost the school’s Gatsby Benchmark score.

 Tip of the Week


Put a picture up and give students 2 minutes to come up with as many different jobs they can think of to do with the picture.
Compare list with partner/ class and get a reward point for each job they have thought of that their partner/ class hasn’t.









Careerometer: A tool to compare jobs

Use the Careerometer to compare different jobs — salary, working hours, etc.

Click the dotted square. Type in the first career that you think you might be interested in and select from the drop-down list, then add your second and third choice to see the comparison.