The Gatsby Benchmarks
Gatsby Benchmarks at Atlantic Academy
1. A stable careers programme
With our careers programme, which is delivered in PSHE lessons, students learn about a range of different careers, about how to prepare and apply for jobs. They also have the opportunity to complete work experience.
2. Learning from career and labour market information
Half termly visits from employers grant students access to labour market information. One annual visit has a particular focus on this. Parents and students are also invited to attend an annual careers fair with stalls from a range of industries.
3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
Pupils aspirations and ambitions are identified by their coaches during their careers education sessions. Students use career pilot to help guide them to suitable careers choices, where additional, impartial advice is required, we work closely with advisors from Careers SW to support students on an individual basis.
4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
Subject teachers regularly make explicit links to careers within lessons. These links are weaved into the curriculum, with teachers making links where appropriate within the lesson content. STEM teachers make links to STEM careers within their lessons. For example, in a maths lesson on Pythagoras’ theorem, the maths teacher gives the example of a job in the engineering industry where this vital knowledge would be applied, to help students see the relevance of the subject content and understand careers available to them.
5. Encounters with employers and employees
Every half term, employers from a range of different industries are invited into school to deliver talks to all students. Examples of industries include:
Hair and beauty
6. Experiences of workplaces
Our annual Y10 work experience programme enables our students to spend one week in the workplace. PSHE lessons are used to introduce students to work experience, support them in reaching out to employers and support them with followup to guarantee a placement.
7. Encounters with further and higher education
We hold a careers fair every year, which all students visit as part of their PHSE lessons. The event is then open to parents and carers after school. Local employers, colleges and sixth form establishments are represented at this event. Students have access to a virtual tour of a local college and learn about the college application process. They all also attend live talks from local colleges and sixth forms.
8. Personal guidance
Through our careers programme and follow-up conversations with coaches and subject teachers, students are provided personal guidance about careers.