“Gildredge House aspires to have embedded and focussed relationships with a wide range of partners in business and industry in order to assist students in developing clear, ambitious and realistic plans for their future”. Mr Stuart Reeves, Head Teacher
Longitudinal research studies suggest that the way in which teenagers think about their futures in education and employment has a significant impact on their future as working adults. Conversely, teenagers who have underestimated the education required for their desired profession are statistically more likely to end up as not in education, employment or training (NEET). Careers education: international literature review July 2016.
Following on from review and analysis, as well as six international visits, The Good Career Guidance Report, which identifies a set of eight benchmarks that schools can use as a framework for improving their careers provision, was published. These benchmarks have been well received by schools, government and a wide range of stakeholders. They are called the Gatsby Benchmark of Good Career Guidance.
The eight Gatsby benchmarks of Good Career Guidance are:
- A stable careers programme
- Learning from career and labour market information
- Addressing the needs of each student
- Linking curriculum learning to careers
- Encounters with employers and employees
- Experiences of workplaces
- Encounters with further and higher education
- Personal guidance
Gildredge House is working alongside these benchmarks and is working towards achieving Investors in Careers (ICC). The school has an appointed Careers Coordinator, Mrs Sara Bray, as well as an Enterprise Advisor, Julian Perrott.