Last reviewed on 17 September 2021
School types: All · School phases: Secondary, 16 Plus
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Find out how to meet your requirements for careers guidance, including how to achieve the Gatsby benchmarks in full.

Who this applies to

The DfE's statutory careers requirements apply to:

  • All maintained schools, including maintained special schools and pupil referral units
  • Academies and free schools, if their funding agreements include this requirement. If not, they're still encouraged to follow the guidance as a statement of good practice

The requirements do not apply to non-maintained special schools and independent schools.

What you need to do

If these requirements apply to you, follow the steps below.

Meet the 8 Gatsby benchmarks in full

You're expected to meet these. We explain them in more detail below. 

Publish details of your careers programme on your website

You should make this information available for young people and their parents.

See examples of what schools have included in the careers programme, in our article on careers guidance policies.

Give providers of technical education and apprenticeships the opportunity to talk to all pupils in