Gatsby Benchmark 4: Linking curriculum learning to careers

All teachers should link curriculum learning with careers. For example, STEM subject teachers should highlight the relevance of STEM subjects to a wide range of future career paths.

These resources support schools in meeting Gatsby Benchmark 4. Scroll down to find your subject.

Ask your Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser for further advice and support and consult the Careers and Enterprise Company's resource directory.

Getting started

Careers Leaders can audit subject staff to find out what careers activity is already happening  - you might be pleasantly surprised! Use this CDI audit form to help you.

All staff can reference careers in schemes of work and report  careers activities to the Careers Leader, or record them using Compass Plus. Speak to your Careers Leader for support.

Here are some quick easy ideas to get careers into the curriculum:

  • On your subject noticeboard, display careers posters and photos and bios of former students who took your subject at HE, or did a related apprenticeship or job.
  • Ask your Careers Leader or the Careers Hub to arrange for a local employer to visit the class – face to face, or by MS Teams/equivalent.
  • Link a project to careers e.g. year 10 students can write about their work experience week during an English or Modern Foreign Languages lesson.
  • Invite a former student to talk to the class about studying or working in your subject – again, this can be face to face or virtually. 
  • Watch videos about people doing related jobs. East Sussex employer videos can be found at Get Career Confident, Culture Shift and on the East Sussex County Council’s careers playlist. Nationally, iCould and BBC Bitesize Careers have more videos, by careers subject or job type.
  • Integrate stories of successful or famous people who studied the subject.
  • Use your careers history to exemplify change and choices in career. You could invite your students to interview you and other teachers.
  • Task your students with finding labour market information on occupations relating to your subject.
  • Deliver this lesson plan on the future of work, based on NESTA's latest statistics
  • Use these Equality and Human Rights Commission lesson plans to challenge preconceptions about who does what job.
  • Advice from Gildredge House School on how to implement Gatsby Benchmark 4 - please credit Gildredge House when you use their copyrighted material

Starter ideas 

Posters

Tutorials

Webinar on Careers in the Curriculum

In this webinar, Matt Brill from the East Sussex Careers Hub teaches educators how to bring careers into the curriculum with simple lesson ideas to help your school reach 100% in Gatsby Benchmark 4. 

 

Students With SEND

  • Lesson plans and resources to support teaching employability skills to students with SEND: LearningDisabilities

 

Careers Resources By Curriculum Subject

All / Multiple Subjects

  • Videos and information about jobs in all sectors, in A-Z order: BBC Bitesize Careers
  • More videos about a wide array of jobs, including labour market information, and the Buzz personality/career quiz: iCould
  • Job profiles for 400+ jobs, aimed at undergrads, but useful for secondary students too: prospects.ac.uk
  • More job profiles with related courses: Planit
  • Information about Higher Education in all subjects: TheUniGuide
  • Information to support teaching careers in KS3 Maths, English and Science curriculums: PanjangoOnline
  • Lesson plans and materials to support teaching KS4 subjects: Tunnelworks
  • Lesson plans and materials to support teaching KS2, KS3 and KS4 subjects: TeachingIdeas
  • Lesson materials and activities to support teaching KS4 subjects: GSK
  • 'Careers In Curriculum' lesson plans and materials to support teaching eBacc subjects: CECResourceDirectory
  • Resources to support teaching English, Maths, Media Studies, Business Studies, Design and Technology and ICT: SPARKS
Art & Design
  • Information to promote learning art: TATE
  • Information and resources to promote learning GCSE art and design and careers: data.org.uk
  • Information about careers in art and culture: TheCreativeIndustries
  • Challenge and activities exploring careers in Architecture: CrackTheCode

Biology - See 'Science / STEM'

Chemistry - See 'Science / STEM'

Citizenship, PSHE & Employability

  • Lesson plans and activity to support teaching employability: C360
  • Online employability programme, tools and resources, with SEND specific content: BarclaysLifeSkills
  • Careers activities and games to support teaching employability: FUTUREGOALS
  • Information and worksheets to support teaching employability: What Employers Want
  • Resources, training and posters to support teaching employability: YouthEmployment
  • Programme to support teaching employability for young people and adults with SEND: LearningDisabilities
  • Lesson plans and activities to support teaching KS5 employability: Indigo

Dance - See 'Drama & Performing Arts'

Design & Technology

  • Information and resources to promote learning GCSE design and technology and careers: data.org.uk
  • Information and guidance to support teaching careers in design and technology: TomorrowsEngineers
  • Advisers, resources and lesson plans to support teaching careers in the Automotive Industry: AutoCity
  • Resources and videos to support teaching design and technology: stem.org.uk
  • STEM Ambassador Programme to promote careers in design and technology: stem.org.uk
  • Resources to support teaching careers in design and technology and STEM subjects: data.org.uk
  • Resources to support teaching design and technology and STEM subjects: AllAboutSTEM
  • Resources to support teaching ICT and challenge gender stereotypes: Finding Ada Network
  • Careers resources and activities to support primary, secondary and sixth form engineering: ice.org.uk
  • Information about careers in design and technology: TheCreativeIndustries
  • Information about careers in design, craft and technology: TheCreativeIndustries
  • Information, resources and training opportunities for careers in design and technology in film and TV: ScreenSkills
  • Lesson plans and activities to support teaching carers in design, technology and construction: GoConstruct
  • Challenge and activities exploring careers in Architecture: CrackTheCode
  • Lesson plans and materials to support teaching GCSE design and technology: stem.org.uk
  • A series of podcasts about careers in design and technology: DATA and ApplePodcasts

Drama & Performing Arts

  • Resources and lesson plans to support teaching careers in drama and theatre: GetIntoTheatre
  • Information about careers in drama, film and TV: TheCreativeIndustries
  • Information, resources and training opportunities for careers in drama, film and TV: ScreenSkills

English

Enterprise, Business Studies & Economics

  • Advisers, resources and lesson plans to support teaching careers in the Automotive Industry: AutoCity
  • Interactive resources, videos and activities to support teaching economics: YoungEnterprise
  • Careers information and resources for virtual and home learning: BritishCouncil
  • Challenge to support teaching business studies: School Enterprise Challenge
  • Challenge to support teaching careers in business studies: YoungEnterprise10X
  • Information about careers in Business Studies: YoungEnterprise
  • Resources, lesson plans and interactive activities by NatWest to support teaching economics: MyMoneySense
  • Challenge and activities exploring careers in Business: CrackTheCode

Food Technology / Food Science

  • Resources and programme to support teaching careers in food science and technology: igd.com
  • Lesson plans and resources to support teaching careers in food science and technology: TastyCareers

Geography

Health & Social Care

  • Information about careers with the NHS: StepIntoTheNHS
  • Video by the NHS to support teaching Health and Social Care: YouTube
  • Video by the NHS about apprenticeships in Health and Social Care: YouTube
  • Resources to support teaching KS3 and KS4 Health and Social Care: HealthCareers
  • Information about care workers and carers: Handbook
  • Lesson plans and presentations to support teaching careers in Health and Social Care: TheWOWShow

History

ICT & Computer Science

  • Lesson plans for students, particularly girls, about careers in ICT and technology: TechWeCan
  • Resources and videos to support teaching ICT: stem.org.uk
  • STEM Ambassador Programme to promote careers in ICT: stem.org.uk
  • Resources to support teaching ICT and challenge gender stereotypes: Finding Ada Network
  • Events to promote careers in ICT and technology: CreaTech
  • Resources, videos and activities to support teaching and promoting careers in ICT: TheCreativeIndustries
  • Case studies to promote careers in ICT: ScreenSkills
  • Resources and lesson plans to support teaching KS4 ICT and Computer Science: stem.org.uk

Languages

Maths - Also See 'Science / STEM'

  • Resources to support teaching maths and STEM subjects: TomorrowsEngineers
  • Free employability programme to support employability skills: BarclayLifeSkills
  • Resources and videos to support teaching maths and STEM subjects: stem.org.uk
  • STEM Ambassador Programme to promote careers in STEM subjects: stem.org.uk
  • Resources, events and activities to support teaching maths and STEM subjects: AllAboutSTEM
  • Resources to support teaching maths and STEM subjects and challenge gender stereotypes: Finding Ada Network
  • Interactive resources, videos and activities to support teaching maths: YoungEnterprise
  • Resources to support teaching KS3 and KS4 maths: stem.org.uk
  • Videos about careers in maths with presentations and resources: amsp.org.uk
  • Presentations to support teaching maths: amsp.org.uk
  • Resources by AET and Pinewood Studios to support learning maths: CareersAndEnterprise

Media Studies / Film Studies

  • Videos and resources about careers in Film: IntoFilm
  • Lesson plans, videos, and competitions to support teaching careers in media and journalism: BBCYoungReporter
  • Information, videos, case studies and resources about careers in Film and TV: TheCreativeIndustries
  • Online training, mentoring and opportunity programmes to support learning careers in media: ScreenSkills

Music

  • Information, videos, case studies and resources about careers in Music: TheCreativeIndustries
  • Information packs, videos and job profiles about careers in Music: UKMusic

P.E & Sport

  • Information and job profiles about careers in P.E and Sport: FutureActive
  • Workshops and information about careers in Sport: Careers In Sport
  • Challenge and activities exploring careers in Sport Management: CrackTheCode

Physics - See 'Science / STEM'

Religious Studies / Education

Science / STEM

  • Virtual careers talks, resources and events to support teaching science and STEM subjects: STEM Hub
  • 'Make a Difference' Careers in Biology posters: Royal Society of Biology
  • Careers resources and activity sheets covering STEM, STEAMM and the social sciences for ages 11-19: futurumcareers
  • Lesson plans for students, particularly girls, about careers in science and technology: TechWeCan
  • Teaching resources, information, videos and competitions about careers in the NHS: StepIntoTheNHS
  • Teaching resources, activities, information and guidance about careers in science and engineering: TomorrowsEngineers
  • Workshops for KS3 science students about careers in science, particularly physics: ConnectPhysics
  • Outreach programme and activities to support students studying physics: University of Sussex
  • STEM Careers toolkit, including information and videos about careers in science: stem.org.uk
  • STEM Ambassador Programme to promote careers in STEM subjects: stem.org.uk
  • Teaching resources, videos, competitions, information and guidance about careers in the NHS: HealthCareers
  • Resources, events and activities to support teaching science and STEM subjects: AllAboutSTEM
  • Careers resources to support teaching science: Royal Society of Brighton
  • Resources to support teaching science and STEM subjects: The Association for Science Education
  • Resources to support teaching science and STEM subjects and challenge gender stereotypes: Finding Ada Network
  • Careers resources to support teaching science and STEM subjects: hs2.org.uk
  • Resources and videos to support primary, secondary and higher education science: edu.rsc.org
  • Challenge and activities exploring careers in Physics: CrackTheCode
  • Careers resources and activities to support primary, secondary and sixth form engineering: ice.org.uk
  • Videos, activities, job profiles and information about careers in chemistry: Royal Society of Chemistry
  • Lesson plans and resources to support GCSE STEM subjects: ISeeTheDifference
  • Resources, activities, videos and resources to support GCSE STEM subjects: SussexSTEM
  • Lesson plans and materials for KS3 STEM subjects: stem.org.uk
  • Lesson plans and materials for KS4 STEM subjects: stem.org.uk
  • Resources, videos and activities to support STEM subjects: The Royal Society
  • Resources and videos to support KS3, 4 and 5 STEM subjects: Imagine-X
  • Resources, lesson plans and an annual competition to teach KS3 and KS4 about making cosmetics: Society of Cosmetic Scientists
  • Eight posters of female STEM role models illustrated by women artists.

 

Help with Gatsby Benchmark 4

Ask your Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Adviser for further advice and consult the Careers and Enterprise Company's resource directory.

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