We are really pleased that three of our Investor in Careers clients have featured in case studies in the recent State of the Nation Report by the Careers & Enterprise Company. Harrogate Grammar School, The Bourne Academy and St Peters Catholic School have featured in case studies linked to Gatsby Benchmarks 2, 5 and 6 respectively and we wish to congratulate them on this.This highlights the excellent quality of their careers provision and are leading the way with meeting all the Gatsby Benchmarks through using Compass Tool as a key part of the requirements in the revised Quality in Careers Standard.They have also contributed in the past to case studies and audio visual content for Investor in Careers which is available on our website.

The State of the Nation report makes a strong case for the benefits of doing the Quality in Careers Standard and pg. 54 states “institutions that have achieved the Quality in Careers Standard achieve 13.1 percentage points better on the Overall Benchmark Score than those schools and colleges that do not have a Quality in Careers Standard…. It is unsurprising that the Quality in Careers Standard is strongly correlated with performance on the benchmarks as it is a measure of the quality of careers provision.”

There is a clear push for learning providers to meet the Benchmarks however in doing the Quality in Careers Standard with Investor in Careers not only do providers receive external assessment demonstrating that they meet the Benchmarks they also have a framework to help embed their approach to review and evidence based evaluation that will help demonstrate impact from their careers programmes and support continuous quality improvement.

Our model for supporting learning providers towards demonstrating how they meet the revised Quality in Careers Standard is now live and supported by our new e-portfolio system.

Click here to view the Careers and Enterprise Company State of the Nation 2018 Report.