While not statutory, the eight benchmarks are based on research by the charitable Gatsby Foundation and form part of the government’s 2017 Careers Strategy. They are also built into the Department for Education’s statutory guidance for schools (2018).
In its annual State of the Nation report, the Careers and Enterprise Company (CEC) – the government body set up in 2015 to help link schools and colleges to employers – reports that 37 per cent of schools and colleges are now meeting at least half of the benchmarks. This is up from 20 per cent in 2018.
Furthermore, seven per cent are meeting seven or all eight, up from two per cent last year. A total of 99 schools and colleges have achieved all eight, compared to 21 in 2018.
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