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 by Andrew Cooper
, posted On 13 Sep '19
 Schools and Colleges Account Manager at Liverpool John Moores University

The Great Gatsby’s - how universities can support schools with the Gatsby Benchmarks

It’s an exciting time for university outreach teams now that the Gatsby Markers are starting to be built into school curriculums. For years universities have supported schools and colleges with raising aspirations and careers advice and they now can support staff with Gatsby across the different markers, not just benchmark 7 as well.

A stable careers programme?

The best way to ensure that you have a stable careers programme is to have a wide range of events and speakers. Universities deliver a series of sessions that can support you with this. These include study skills, writing a personal statement for UCAS (that can also be used for jobs), personal finance, budgeting etc. Staff also regularly take part in mock interviews either on site or at the university.

Bringing in more than one university throughout the year also gives students multiple perspectives.

Taster Sessions can be more than just a university experience

A taster session from a tutor not only ticks off Gatsby Benchmark 7, but quite often tutors will highlight where their courses can lead to. Even academia itself is a profession students may wish to take. Therefore a taster visit could help you with Gatsby 2, 4, 5 and 6. Why not ask if a university can also support work experience placements for students which is another way to support these markers as well?

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Every student matters

Gatsby Marker 3 is to address the needs of each pupil. Individual support for students can include mock interviews and personal statement checks. Sessions that outreach teams deliver ultimately support all individuals so can also be supporting evidence for Gatsby 3. There are a variety of different schemes that universities run which can offer personal guidance. Some may start when students pick GCSE’s and run throughout until they leave college with reflective journals that can be used as evidence of completion. Others may use online platforms to do informal careers sessions which can also support Gatsby 8 (Personal Guidance).

And of course Gatsby 7 – Interactions with HE

By the end of year 11, students should have had at least one interaction with HE and by the end of year 13 they should have had at least 2 interactions. With so many great universities and outreach teams, contact as many as possible to see how we can support you, either at your institution or by visiting the university. By engaging multiple universities, you can evidence a strong careers programme and provide as many opportunities to your students as possible. The best way to find out what we offer is by getting in touch, look at our websites and of course see what’s on UniTasterDays (where you are now!).



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