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Skip to 0 minutes and 1 second GEMMA: In England, statutory guidance from the Department for Education on careers learning in schools and colleges set an expectation for the Gatsby Careers Benchmarks to be used to improve careers provision. Your teaching, regardless of STEM subject, plays a key role in enabling your school or college to reach the 8 Gatsby Careers Benchmarks, supporting the delivery of effective careers learning and in doing so preparing students for their next steps into employment or further study. Teachers are a window into the world of work and, after parents, often have the biggest influence on a student’s choices and decisions.

Skip to 0 minutes and 40 seconds STEM sectors can be rapidly changing and therefore there is a need to keep pace with these changes to ensure the guidance we offer reflects the current world of work, progression pathways and training options. If you are from another country, we look forward to you sharing what is happening in your local context.

What is your contribution?

For our final group discussion, we’d like to revisit one of the questions we posed at the start of Week 1. What is your role as a teacher supporting students with their careers learning?

In your country, you may have specific careers guidance or strategies that are being implemented. This ‘bigger picture’ view can sometimes feel distant from what is happening in your classroom, however through this course you have learnt approaches to make careers learning relevant and inspiring to the students you teach.

UK context

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers (Oct 2018) sets out the UK Department for Education statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff. There is an expectation that every school and college in England should begin using the Gatsby Benchmarks to improve and measure careers provision. Additionally, the Careers and Enterprise Company offers schools and colleges external support through a range of partnerships.

If you are not familiar with these documents, or the guidance for your country, then approach your careers leaders who will be able to indicate how careers strategies are being implemented within your school or college.


We’d like you to reflect on your role in providing career learning for students. Make some notes now on how you see your role as a teacher in contributing to students career learning as a result of your participation on this course.

Revisit step 1.3 and compare your thinking now to your original response. Share your thoughts below on any changes in view.

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