How to meet the statutory careers requirements (secondary)

Find out how to meet your requirements for careers guidance, including how to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks in full.

updated on 22 September 2022
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School types: All · School phases: Secondary, 16 Plus
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  1. Who this applies to
  2. Changes from September 2022
  3. What you need to do
  4. How to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks

Who this applies to

The DfE's statutory careers guidance applies to:

  • All maintained schools, including maintained special schools and pupil referral units in England
  • Academies and free schools in England (including alternative provision (AP) academies and free schools) 

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

Changes from September 2022

Please note: we've asked the DfE to clarify inconsistencies in its statutory guidance - page 5 states that you must provide careers advice for pupils in years 7 to 13, but later says you must give education and training providers access to all pupils in years 8 to 13. We'll update this article as soon as we hear more. Click