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Tools for career leaders and teachers

Understanding your role

Career Leaders are responsible and accountable for the delivery of their school’s careers advice and guidance programme. You should manage and have a clear overview of your school’s careers plan and provision, aiming for your school to meet all eight Gatsby Benchmarks by the end of 2020.

The role involves working with local employers, providers, and education establishments (such as colleges and universities). Search our opportunity directory or contact us for help connecting.

Training opportunities

The Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) offers a variety of training courses for Careers Leaders. Schools and colleges can now register their interest for the training here.

The Career Development Institute’s (CDI) Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership consists of the following three QCF units:

• Plan and design career-related learning programmes;

• Lead and manage career development work in an organisation;

• Continuously improve career development work in an organisation.

No previous qualification is required, but appropriate workload, academic ability and commitment to study at Level 6 are needed.

Level 6 Certificate in Careers Leadership is offered by:

  • Open University - £1350 – Distance learning
  • CDI – £1098 - required to attend 3 training days in Birmingham, London or Manchester
  • Futures - £1080 - Nottingham

Auditing your school’s provision

Establishing your school’s performance against the Gatsby Benchmarks and comparing your results to other schools is a great place to start in planning or improving your programme. 

  • Compass is a free online self-evaluation tool for schools to assess their careers support against the Gatsby Benchmarks and the national average. Schools should baseline themselves using this tool, highlight improvement opportunities and track progress against the Benchmarks over time. Read more.
  • Members of the Enterprise Adviser Network can gain access to the Tracker careers planning tool. Tracker can be used to record and plan careers activities, and identifies how to improve Gatsby Benchmark scores from your Compass evaluation with the activities that you plan.
  • Grofar, developed with the CDI, provides a comprehensive student database and records and tracks career education. The database is linked with SIMS to make implementation simple. Grofar offers a free demo for interested schools and colleges. Find out more.

Other tools

  • Our opportunity directory can be used to search for work-related learning schemes, employer encounters and events happening in Somerset.
  • The Study Up Somerset website showcases and provides information about all the Higher Education courses on offer in Somerset by our Colleges and Training Providers including information about funding, how to apply for HE and FAQs.
  • Founders4schools provides free resources, event advice, recommended encounters and a searchable directory of businesses willing to connect.
  • Navigate supports schools by providing a work experience platform and offer on-site one day work-related learning audits.
  • South Somerset 14-19 Partnership Work Experience Database allows signed-up schools access to a wealth of employers with work experience offers. Requested placements are health & safety checked by appropriately trained officers as part of the membership fee (approx. £12 per pupil). Contact us for more information.
  • National Careers Week offers free resources including booklets, posters and infographics.
  • CareerPilot is a useful website for your students – giving information about choices at 14, 16 and 18, qualifications and job sectors.
  • Spark Careers is online platform for careers professionals and schools and colleges. Using live streamed careers event, Spark helps schools deliver free employer engagement and enables employers to engage with and recruit young people.


  • Teachers, bring the Year of Engineering to life in the classroom. Take a look at Year of Engineering lesson ideas, professional development pieces for teachers, and testimonials from schools that have benefited from STEM enrichment activity here.
  • National Careers Week is a celebration of careers guidance and free resources in education across the UK. The aim is to provide a focus for careers guidance activity at an important stage in the academic calendar to help support young people leaving education. Free resources can be found here.
  • iCould free teaching resources - including career videos, career path worksheets and a considering higher education exercise.

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