We Measure and Assess the Impact of our Careers Programme through:

  • Destination measures
  • Student, parent and staff voice
  • Employer feedback
  • Visiting partners feedback
  • Work experience evaluation
  • Website analytical review
  • Gatsby Benchmarks

Gatsby Benchmarks

The eight benchmarks are a framework for good career guidance developed to support schools in providing students with the best possible careers education, information, advice, and guidance:

  1. A stable careers programme
  2. Learning from career and labour market information
  3. Addressing the needs of each pupil
  4. Linking curriculum learning to careers
  5. Encounters with employers and employees
  6. Experiences of workplaces
  7. Encounters with further and higher education
  8. Personal guidance

We use the ‘Careers & Enterprise Ccpmany’s Compass Plus’ self evaluation tool that gives us an immediate confidential read-out of how our own career guidance performs against the Gatsby eight benchmarks. This is supported by Inspira  who provide impartial guidance to schools throughout Lancashire.

In July 2020, The Heights, Blackburn achieved the Gatsby Benchmark award and is currently working towards this Award for the 2020/21 Academic Year.

Collaboration

The school works with local schools within the area and the EPT, to support the development of the Careers Programme and share ‘Good Practice’. The School continues to work closely with representatives from Blackburn with Darwen’s New Directions, Lancashire Careers Hub and the Careers and Enterprise Company.

Review of Published information

 The Next review of published information will take place in July 2021, this information will be reviewed by the Careers Leader and the Careers SLT Link. This information will be reviewed annually.

“The culture and ethos of the school encourages a caring and supportive environment in which learning and good behaviour can flourish.”

Ofsted