Complete Careers LLP January Newsletter 2018

January Newsletter 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to our Newsletter! Happy New Year and welcome to 2018, a year that is likely to be significant to all the careers community!  In the first Newsletter of 2018 we bring you the main developments in careers at a national level, as well as summarising what is happening locally plus events Complete Careers are planning for 2018.

Recent Quality in Careers Standard Achievements

• Brookfield Community School • Thorpe Andrew School • Deepings School •  Tenbury High School
Congratulations to all the above schools for receiving their Career Mark Award.


National Updates:

After waiting over 2 years and experiencing delays, from the referendum, to Brexit and the Snap General Election the Department for Education has now published its Careers Strategy and has revised the Statutory guidance for careers for schools.  These documents are significant and have new requirements schools must now adhere. to as well as strong recommendations such as; schools to meet all 8 Gatsby benchmarks by 2020 and for schools to work towards the Quality in Careers Standard (which Career Mark is a Licensed Awarding Body).  Our national update therefore focusses on these documents as well as helping us to understand just what are the Gatsby Benchmarks!?

1) Careers Strategy - The Careers Strategy was launched by the Department for Education on 4th December 2017.  The strategy provides an all age vision to improve careers provision in England. The strategy details several significant factors affecting secondary schools and colleges based around the 8 Gatsby Benchmarks.  The strategy also provides an outline to explore good practice career development in key stage 2 primary settings.  Please use the following link for our summary of the document: Careers Strategy

2) Statutory Guidance - Careers guidance and access for education and training providers; the revised statutory guidance was published on 6th January 2018 by the Department for Education.  The document links directly to the recent Careers Strategy and provides a timeline for schools to introduce and publish key elements, such as details of their careers leader and their career programme.  The document includes an expectation for schools to meet the Gatsby Benchmarks by 2020 as well as strongly recommending schools to use the Quality in Careers Standard (for which Career Mark is a Licensed Awarding Body) to externally validate the quality of their career programme.  Please see the following link for our summary of the statutory guidance.  Statutory Guidance

3) The Gatsby Benchmarks - These benchmarks are now a key element of government careers strategy. The link below answers the questions: What are they? Where have they come from? and What do they mean?  providing a comprehensive summary of the Gatsby Benchmarks

Career Mark Update:

We are delighted that the DfE strongly recommend that all schools work towards the updated Quality in Careers Standard, incorporating Compass, to support the development of their careers programme’.  Statutory guidance January 2018.  In its ‘State of the Nation Report in 2017 the Careers and Enterprise company reported that schools who have the Quality in Careers Standard meet on average 2.63 of the Gatsby Benchmarks (compared against 1.87 for schools without the Quality in Careers Standard.) We are confident that the robust and comprehensive Career Mark criteria exceeds the Quality in Careers Standard average figure. We would therefore invite all Career Mark award holders to share with us how many of the Gatsby Benchmarks they currently meet.  Schools can find out how many of the benchmarks they meet by completing the free Compass Tool assessment here.  Once you have your score please send it to us before 9th February 2018 at

Submit your score and you will be entered into a draw to receive free membership of Career Mark for a further year. 

Free Training Day We are pleased to now offer access to a free Career Mark training day for all Career Mark members to help you work towards the standards and prepare for assessment.  The first training day will take place on Thursday 19th April 2018 from 9.30 am – 3pm we are looking for an organisation to host this event.  If you may can provide a room, or if you would like to book your place please contact Claire at

Free Webinars In addition to the training days we have teamed with Inspiring Futures to provide members with access to a free webinar to help work towards the Quality in Careers Standard provided by Career Mark.  Members will be able to choose from 2 different webinars 1) aimed at people new to Career Mark and seeking their first accreditation and 2) aimed at people who hold the Quality in Careers Standard provided by Career Mark and are looking to revalidate their award.  To book you place please follow the links below:

Webinar 1

Webinar 2 (Revalidation)

Career Mark Platinum – Since introducing the Career Mark Platinum award we have now awarded this to 3 organisations who have upheld excellence in career development for close to 2 decades!  Career Mark platinum is awarded on the 6th successive validation (gold is awarded after the 3rd) and has now been awarded to:

  • Leicester Grammar School
  • Shirebrook Academy
  • The Deepings School
Many Congratulations to each organisation and their Career Leaders on a remarkable achievement.

Career Mark Developments:

Career Leaders Training

Both the Strategy and revised Statutory Guidance have highlighted the need to have a Careers Leader in each school and has introduced a fund for training for up to 500 Careers Leaders.  Clearly these funded training places are going to be highly sought after – so watch this space to see when details of how to apply are released.  Complete-Careers Partners John Ambrose and Janet Hutchinson currently work with Futures Advice Skills and Employment to provide the Level 6 Leadership in Careers and Enterprise course – an accredited 3 module course.  If you would like to know more, please do get in contact with John Ambrose –

The Bonkers Book of Jobs

We now have a number of ‘pre-release copies of the Bonkers Book of Jobs’.  Written by Complete-Careers Partners John Ambrose and Mark Wilkinson the book is targeted at an audience of 9 -13-year old to learn about careers in a fun and engaging way, similar to the style of Horrible Histories.  The book will be officially released in May 2018 as the publishers need lead-in time to generate interest from retailers and wholesalers.  You can however get exclusive ‘pre-release’ copies of the book now for £7.99 each plus postage and packaging by contacting Lucy at  for more information please see here.


Building Better Opportunities Steps forward programme

Complete-Careers in now fully engaged in this project which helps those at the fringes of the economy if you want to know more or can offer opportunities for work tasters please contact

2018 Complete-Careers Conference

With so much happening locally and nationally our Complete-Careers conference has never been more relevant!  Save the date of 25th April 2018 and reserve your place at the early bird discounted rate of £95 (with 25% discount for multiple attendees from the same organisation) before 9th February 2018.  

Finally Complete-Careers continue to review its service offer and is exploring introducing a video CV service to schools/post 16 providers and to individuals and parents and carers.  If you would like to know more, please contact John –