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The government’s Careers Strategy published in December 2017 sets out guidance for schools and colleges regarding careers provision and best practice expectations.

The Heart of the South West Careers Hub plays a central part in supporting schools and colleges to help deliver the government’s Careers Strategy here in the Heart of the South West. Established to create sustainable relationships between education and business, the Heart of the South West Careers Hub, facilitates schools and employers to work together to inspire and prepare young people for the fast-changing world of work.

The Careers Hub supports schools and colleges to implement high quality careers guidance by matching establishments with a named volunteer from business, an Enterprise Adviser (EA).  Working school leaders, careers professionals and supported by a dedicated Heart of the South West Enterprise Coordinator, an EA uses their strategic experience, industry knowledge and business contacts to help to develop a careers plan and create opportunities for pupils in line with the Statutory Guidance for School Leaders


The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Benchmarks are a framework of 8 guidelines that define the best careers provision in secondary schools.

Click here for more information about the Gatsby Benchmarks

Compass+, Compass and Tracker (tools for recording and reviewing progress)

Compass is a free tool for schools and colleges in England that quickly helps you to evaluate your careers activity against the eight Gatsby benchmarks. Once you’ve completed a Compass evaluation for your school or college, you can use Tracker, a careers planning tool, to record and manage your careers plan for the year.

Compass+ is the Careers and Enterprise Company’s new tool, which helps manage, track and report on the school’s career programme. All eligible schools can now upgrade to Compass+ by logging into their Compass accounts and completing the onboarding process.

Click here for The Compass Tool and Tracker Tool


These videos give you a quick tour of these tools.

Introducing Tracker

Introducing Compass

A Tour of Compass+