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DSTC Careers Strategy

The government’s Careers Strategy, launched in December 2017, and statutory guidance updated in October 2018, set out a range of new requirements for schools and colleges.

What are the key points of the Careers Strategy?

1. The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines about what makes the best careers provision in schools and colleges.

The 8 Gatsby Benchmarks are:

At DSTC we evaluate the impact of our Careers Programme against the Gatsby Benchmarks using the Compass Tool. This evaluation is completed in February each academic year, with an interim evaluation taking place during the Summer term.

You can find a copy of our most recent Gatsby Benchmark evaluation below:


The next full review of our Careers Programme will be in February 2022

2. A Careers Leader

All schools and colleges must have a named Careers Leader in place, responsible for running the careers programme.

At DSTC our Careers Leader is Mr Allen, Assistant Vice Principal. You can contact Mr Allen by emailing or by phoning 01322 224309.

3. Enterprise Coordination

DSTC is committed to develop our relationships with an Enterprise Coordinator and Enterprise Advisor, enhancing careers provision and opportunities for our students. Working closely with an Enterprise Coordinator includes working with local businesses and receiving advice on careers delivery within the curriculum. Our partnership with an Enterprise Advisor supports us with utilising expert knowledge and industry expertise.

As a “Network School”, DSTC will also receive offers of support from our Enterprise Coordinator in meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks. 

4. At least one employer encounter every year, for every student in Years 7-13

Our plan shows our intent for every young person to have at least one careers-based experience, every year during school years 7-13.