First school in England to complete the new criteria for the Quality in Careers Standard

First school in England to complete the new criteria for the Quality in Careers Standard

St Cuthbert’s Catholic High School in St Helens is the first school in England to complete the new criteria for the Quality in Careers Standard fully incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks.

These benchmarks include the curriculum being linked with careers, students having encounters with employers and employees, personal guidance and learning from career and labour market information.

At the end of June, the Department for Education received the results of 2,880 self-evaluation responses from schools and colleges. The results showed that on average, schools, colleges were hitting only 2 of the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.

The report confirming the award highlights our strength in delivering careers education at St Cuthbert’s emphasising that we provide an excellent, comprehensive programme of Careers Education, Information, Advice and Guidance provision, which will continue to evolve and meet the 8 Gatsby benchmarks.  The report acknowledges that we have worked exceptionally hard in developing an excellent programme of support that is mapped clearly against Gatsby and that we have developed a high quality programme of activities which helps to support student progression towards successful destinations.  The report concludes that we have now set in motion a well-managed cycle of CEIAG improvement and evaluative practice, with both the school and students benefiting from:

  • A wide range of CEIAG opportunities and activities
  • A whole school approach to Careers Education and Labour Market Information delivery
  • Effective partnerships with stakeholders and opportunity providers including HE, FE, employers and local networks and forums
  • Clear structures and lines of accountability towards a whole school approach.
  • St Cuthbert’s provides a comprehensive CEIAG programme, with a wide range of learning opportunities for students.


Mrs Catherine Twist, Headteacher commented "Achieving this coveted award in itself is a major achievement for us, but we are thrilled that we are the first school in England to achieve this award under the new criteria for the standard fully incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks.  Young people should have the excellent careers guidance they deserve and need. This is about changing the lives of the young people we work with, giving them the chance of a rewarding and fulfilling life."

Ms Nikki Hannah, CEIAG Lead said “We are delighted to have been awarded the Quality in Careers Standard.   The knowledge about future careers is embedded in all that we do, with local employers being an integral part of that learning. St Cuthbert's staff and students have worked hard to ensure careers information, advice and guidance is embedded into their daily routine. It has been imperative that staff have embraced the vision of CEIAG to educate and prepare students for lifelong learning and successful employability. The opportunities provided for the students have enabled them to understand and make the right choices throughout their time here and beyond.”

Ms Kath Wyke, Career Connect said "Career Connect, as a licenced awarding body of the Quality in Careers Standard are delighted that St Cuthbert’s have achieved the Quality in Careers Standard under the new criteria, fully incorporating the Gatsby Benchmarks. This Award provides a great opportunity for St Cuthbert’s to demonstrate their commitment to excellence in careers guidance and to gain recognition and formal accreditation aligned to the Gatsby benchmarks –keep up the excellent work and well done!"





Notes for Editors

The Quality in Careers Standard is the national quality award for careers education, information, advice and guidance (CEIAG) in schools, colleges and work-based learning. It is fully aligned with the eight Gatsby Benchmarks for "Good Career Guidance" and fully complies with the Department for Education's 'statutory guidance'.

To gain the national Quality in Careers Standard, organisations must provide sufficient current evidence to demonstrate that they meet all the national quality assessment criteria in their overall CEIAG provision.

Only with external assessment of the quality of CEIAG, through the Quality in Careers Standard, can they be confident that they are providing the quality of the best for all their students/learners.

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