This new page contains useful information and resources relating to the careers strategy and statutory guidance for schools and for further education colleges and sixth form colleges.

We will be adding new resources to this page as they beome available. This page also contains materials developed by the CDI. 

Careers Strategy and Statutory Guidance

Careers strategy: making the most of everyone's skills and talents - (December 2017)

Careers guidance and access for education and training providers. Statutory guidance for governing bodies school leaders and school staff - January 2018

Careers guidance: for further education colleges and sixth-form colleges - February 2018

Careers Framework - Framework for careers, employability and enterprise education

Framework for careers employability and enterprise education (March 2018)  

Careers Leaders

Sample job description - The role of a Careers Leader

Sample job description 2 - The role of a Careers Leader

Careers Leaders in Colleges (Careers & Enterprise Company) - July 2018

Quality assurance of career development interventions

1. How to Use the Recommendations for Quality Assurance Criteria Career Development Intervention Observation or Self Reflection

2. QA of career development interventions proforma (June 2018)

Gatsby, sixth forms and FE Colleges

Following the successful piloting of the Gatsby benchmarks in schools and colleges in the North East, and further consultation with colleges across England, Gatsby has worked with DfE to produce the Benchmarks for Colleges. This revised set of eight benchmarks keeps the core principles of the original benchmarks but the detail has been adjusted to meet the needs of colleges. See:, with an accompanying article at

Useful publications

Careers Guidance in Schools and Colleges: A Guide to Best Practice in Commissioning Independent Career Guidance Services - published by the CDI (June 2018) Annex A and Annex B

Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit - published by the Careers & Enterprise Company, updated March 2018

SEND Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit - published by the Careers & Enterprise Company, 2018

Personal Career Guidance - An Explanation - published by the CDI

Equipping the young people of today for the career choices of the future personal career guidance - an explanation of personal career guidance published by the CDI (May 2018)