• Gatsby Benchmark 7 Encounters with Further and Higher Education


      All pupils should understand the full range of learning opportunities that are available to them. This includes both academic and vocational routes and learning in schools, colleges, universities and in the workplace.


       Here you will find links and resources that endeavor to support schools to meet 100% in Gatsby Benchmark 7


      General information

      In this webinar David Andrews, co-author of the Careers Leader's Handbook, discusses how to work with colleges, apprenticeship providers and universities to help students make the best choices. He also covers the statutory duty placed on schools by the so-called ‘Baker Clause’ to create opportunities for other providers to speak to pupils in years 8 to 13.

      Aspire: Free resources enable Year 12 and 13 teachers to deliver an effective and engaging assembly or lesson about  post-18 options, from university to school leaver programmes and apprenticeships, as well as careers advice and inspiration. 


      Every school and college with students in years 10 – 13 is entitled to access a fully funded, bespoke apprenticeship support package. The Apprenticeship Support & Knowledge for schools and colleges programme (ASK), is funded by the National Apprenticeship Service, part of the Department for Education, to inform students, parents, teachers and governors about the wonderful opportunities that apprenticeships offer. All activities have been mapped to the Gatsby Benchmarks.The full brochure outlining the support available can be downloaded. To book support for your school click here
      Further Education
      T Levels

      Supported Employment

      For information about supported employment for young people with SEND, please see this page.

      Higher Education 

      • Unitaster Days has a directory of university events for schools and individual students.
      • Guide for Schools from the Office for Students.
      • Brilliant Club  Provides resources for students, teachers and parents preparing for highly selective universities
      • The University Choice Journal: Session plans for tutors
      • Sutton Trust : Provides summer schools and courses for very able students. Actively works to reduce educational inequality.
      • CPD and resources for teachers and careers leaders to support progression to leading universities and help them guide learners making decisions at 14, 16 and 18.
      • Have a look at 'The Results Day Guide', with features: 
        • A Guide to A Level Results Day
        • A Guide to GCSE Results Day
        • UCAS Clearing
        • UCAS Adjustment
        • CV Writing
        • Alternative options to going to uni
        • How you can boost your life this summer
        • Digital Degree Apprenticeships
        • The Future of Mobility
        • Clean Growth
      • University of Sussex Physics Outreach Programme: The Department of Physics & Astronomy at the University of Sussex has a large and well established Outreach Programme. Their aim is to encourage more students to study physics at A-level and beyond, and to offer support to those teaching physics.