Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

“Whenever you feel like criticizing any one . . . just remember that all the people in this world haven’t had the advantages that you’ve had.” Nick’s father from The Great Gatsby

Jay Gatsby could have done with proper career advice. Ok, so he made a fortune after emerging from humble beginnings, but any adviser worth their salt would tell you, bootlegging always ends in tears.

Career guidance is crucial for social mobility. Young people make choices based on what they know and what they think is available to them. In short, their choices are ripe for misconception. After all, ‘you don’t know what you don’t know.

A young person’s knowledge depends on the careers guidance received at college or at home and this is very inconsistent. It means that someone who goes to a school or college in a ‘cold spot’ or does not have access to ‘social capital’ at home will make poorer career choices. This is unfair.

If young people knew what careers options were available to them, then they would be able make more informed choices about which qualifications and routes to take. Instead, children from less advantaged backgrounds tend to make choices based on limited options, believing that family, gender or ethnicity are restricting factors, in turn, conforming to this false ideology.

So, what is Gatsby?

In 2013 Sir John Holman was commissioned by the Gatsby Foundation to research individuals are less likely to make the wrong choices at the beginning of their career preventing difficulties later down the track. It also means that with the right advice, young people can be aspirational and believe that they can achieve their dreams.

There are 8 benchmarks which constitute ‘good practice’ in career guidance. Schools and colleges should use the benchmarks when setting their careers programmes.

The Eight Gatsby Benchmarks of Good Career Guidance

  • A stable careers programme
  • Learning from career and labour market information
  • Addressing the needs of each pupil
  • Linking curriculum learning to careers
  • Encounters with employers and employees
  • Experiences of workplaces
  • Encounters with further and higher education
  • Personal guidance

Few schools meet the benchmarks

The table below shows the percentage of schools currently meeting Gatsby Benchmarks. As you can see, a little over 2% of schools and colleges hit more than 5 of the benchmarks. This illustrates the difficulties schools face when trying to implement these recommendations.

Kloodle Fig1

How can Kloodle help?

At Kloodle, we are finding that more and more colleges and schools across the UK are adopting the Gatsby Benchmarks; partly as a way of satisfying Ofsted that the career guidance offered by the institution is sufficient to meet their standards, but also because it offers a framework through which the organisation can help their students meet their potential.

Kloodle Fig2

 

Colleges which adopt Kloodle can meet the requirements of all of the benchmarks in one fell swoop. With Kloodle, you will be well on the way to raising your learners’ career aspirations, prompting social mobility and preparing them for the future world of work.

Confusion around Careers Advice

On our regular visits to schools and colleges up and down the country, careers departments have raised concerns about how up to date they are with an ever-shifting commercial marketplace. They have cited anxieties about how well learners are being prepared for a C21st workplace. Kloodle addresses this problem with its badge system.

Employers set their own criteria and employment related activities that are relevant to the roles in their organisation. If a role prioritises organisation and initiative, the badge will set this as a task. Badges reduce the confusion surrounding careers advice; information couldn’t be any more current or relevant—it comes straight from the horse’s mouth.

Common Mistakes

Linking curriculum to careers is the major struggle we’ve encountered in our work with schools and colleges. For decades, careers support has been strategically set up within education as an ‘add-on’. Core curriculum studies and exam preparation are viewed as paramount. Careers sessions and careers weeks are then ‘shoe-horned’ into the academic calendar to occupy ‘down-time’ or the time when exams have finished.

This in itself completely undermines the significance of employability skills to students. They are indoctrinated into believing skills are less important than exam results.

To employers, both are as fundamental as each another. The truly outstanding centres we’ve worked embed their employability programme into their curriculum. Skills are accrued on a daily basis inside and outside of the classroom.

At Kloodle we promote a ‘Skills Week’ programme which runs throughout the year, where all teaching staff get involved. Over time students gain knowledge and understanding that skills are inherent in every learning activity. They begin to rationalise and articulate how these skills transfer into professional environments. They understand that the process of working towards an exam is equally as valuable as the end result.

School and college leadership must incorporate positive outcomes for students at the heart of everything they do. For some it’s a test result, for others it’s the opportunity to be exposed to a professional role they might never have dreamt of. At Kloodle, embedding employability into the curriculum underpins everything we do. This is the single most important cultural change within education that leads to great results.

Neil Wolstenholme, Chairman, Kloodle

Book a "Getting to grips with Gatsby" webinar with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

You may also be interested in these articles:

Register, Login or Login with your Social Media account:


Advertisers

Advertiser Skyscrapers

Video Advert

Newsroom Activity

Ahlan Safety commented on 5 ways to keep your Company safe 10 hours 24 minutes ago

Workplace health and safety is very important part for every business. I read these 5 steps, So I...

Ahlan Safety commented on 5 ways to keep your Company safe 10 hours 25 minutes ago

Workplace health and safety is very important part for every business. I read these 5 steps, So I...

I really enjoy to read this article. I want to...

Latest Education News

Further Education News

The FE News Channel gives you the latest education news and updates on emerging education strategies and the #FutureofEducation and the #FutureofWork.

Providing trustworthy and positive Further Education news and views since 2003, we are a digital news channel with a mixture of written word articles, podcasts and videos. Our specialisation is providing you with a mixture of the latest education news, our stance is always positive, sector building and sharing different perspectives and views from thought leaders, to provide you with a think tank of new ideas and solutions to bring the education sector together and come up with new innovative solutions and ideas.

FE News publish exclusive peer to peer thought leadership articles from our feature writers, as well as user generated content across our network of over 3000 Newsrooms, offering multiple sources of the latest education news across the Education and Employability sectors.

FE News also broadcast live events, podcasts with leading experts and thought leaders, webinars, video interviews and Further Education news bulletins so you receive the latest developments in Skills News and across the Apprenticeship, Further Education and Employability sectors.

Every week FE News has over 200 articles and new pieces of content per week. We are a news channel providing the latest Further Education News, giving insight from multiple sources on the latest education policy developments, latest strategies, through to our thought leaders who provide blue sky thinking strategy, best practice and innovation to help look into the future developments for education and the future of work.

In May 2020, FE News had over 120,000 unique visitors according to Google Analytics and over 200 new pieces of news content every week, from thought leadership articles, to the latest education news via written word, podcasts, video to press releases from across the sector.

We thought it would be helpful to explain how we tier our latest education news content and how you can get involved and understand how you can read the latest daily Further Education news and how we structure our FE Week of content:

Main Features

Our main features are exclusive and are thought leadership articles and blue sky thinking with experts writing peer to peer news articles about the future of education and the future of work. The focus is solution led thought leadership, sharing best practice, innovation and emerging strategy. These are often articles about the future of education and the future of work, they often then create future education news articles. We limit our main features to a maximum of 20 per week, as they are often about new concepts and new thought processes. Our main features are also exclusive articles responding to the latest education news, maybe an insight from an expert into a policy announcement or response to an education think tank report or a white paper.

FE Voices

FE Voices was originally set up as a section on FE News to give a voice back to the sector. As we now have over 3,000 newsrooms and contributors, FE Voices are usually thought leadership articles, they don’t necessarily have to be exclusive, but usually are, they are slightly shorter than Main Features. FE Voices can include more mixed media with the Further Education News articles, such as embedded podcasts and videos. Our sector response articles asking for different comments and opinions to education policy announcements or responding to a report of white paper are usually held in the FE Voices section. If we have a live podcast in an evening or a radio show such as SkillsWorldLive radio show, the next morning we place the FE podcast recording in the FE Voices section.

Sector News

In sector news we have a blend of content from Press Releases, education resources, reports, education research, white papers from a range of contributors. We have a lot of positive education news articles from colleges, awarding organisations and Apprenticeship Training Providers, press releases from DfE to Think Tanks giving the overview of a report, through to helpful resources to help you with delivering education strategies to your learners and students.

Podcasts

We have a range of education podcasts on FE News, from hour long full production FE podcasts such as SkillsWorldLive in conjunction with the Federation of Awarding Bodies, to weekly podcasts from experts and thought leaders, providing advice and guidance to leaders. FE News also record podcasts at conferences and events, giving you one on one podcasts with education and skills experts on the latest strategies and developments.

We have over 150 education podcasts on FE News, ranging from EdTech podcasts with experts discussing Education 4.0 and how technology is complimenting and transforming education, to podcasts with experts discussing education research, the future of work, how to develop skills systems for jobs of the future to interviews with the Apprenticeship and Skills Minister.

We record our own exclusive FE News podcasts, work in conjunction with sector partners such as FAB to create weekly podcasts and daily education podcasts, through to working with sector leaders creating exclusive education news podcasts.

Education Video Interviews

FE News have over 700 FE Video interviews and have been recording education video interviews with experts for over 12 years. These are usually vox pop video interviews with experts across education and work, discussing blue sky thinking ideas and views about the future of education and work.

Events

FE News has a free events calendar to check out the latest conferences, webinars and events to keep up to date with the latest education news and strategies.

FE Newsrooms

The FE Newsroom is home to your content if you are a FE News contributor. It also help the audience develop relationship with either you as an individual or your organisation as they can click through and ‘box set’ consume all of your previous thought leadership articles, latest education news press releases, videos and education podcasts.

Do you want to contribute, share your ideas or vision or share a press release?

If you want to write a thought leadership article, share your ideas and vision for the future of education or the future of work, write a press release sharing the latest education news or contribute to a podcast, first of all you need to set up a FE Newsroom login (which is free): once the team have approved your newsroom (all content, newsrooms are all approved by a member of the FE News team- no robots are used in this process!), you can then start adding content (again all articles, videos and podcasts are all approved by the FE News editorial team before they go live on FE News). As all newsrooms and content are approved by the FE News team, there will be a slight delay on the team being able to review and approve content.

 RSS IconRSS Feed Selection Page