We Measure and Assess the Impact of our Careers Programme through a variety of methods including but not limited to:

  • Destination measures
  • Stakeholder Feedback including; Parents, Carers, Students (Pupil Voice) & Staff
  • Employer & Partner feedback
  • Work experience evaluations (Employer & Pupil)
  • Website analytical reviews
  • 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

The Gatsby Benchmarks are reviewed each term by the Careers Leader and supporting staff.  Appropriate actions are implemented and shared with relevant stakeholders.

We use the ‘Careers & Enterprise Company’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 The Lancashire Careers Hub.

In November 2022, The Heights, Blackburn achieved the Gatsby Benchmark award and is currently working towards this Award for the 2022/23 Academic Year.

Collaboration & Partnerships

The school works closely 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.

The school is lucky enough to partner with an number of external partners including but not limited to:

  • Blackburn Rovers Community Trust / NCS
  • New Directions Careers Service
  • Education Business Partnership (EBP)
  • Lancashire Careers Hub

The School Careers Lead and staff continue to develop further partnership through networking and collaboration events. The school has a number of links with a number of FE / HE providers & Employers

Mr Doohan is also 1 of 4 Community of Practice Leads for Lancashire Careers Hub supporting over 156 schools across Lancashire. Mr Doohan is also a Member of the CDI and is a registered Careers Leader with the CDI (Careers Development institute).

Mr Doohan attends the National Careers Leader Advisory group coordinated by the Careers & Enterprise Company

Review of Published information

The next review of published information will take place in Summer Term 2023, this information will be reviewed by Mr R Doohan & Miss H Morris.

This information will be reviewed on a regular basis by the Careers Leader and Designated Careers SLT. Updated information is uploaded to the website throughout the year.

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

Ofsted