Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has teamed up with the EY Foundation to deliver the Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot.

Working with and supporting 70 primary schools from across the North East LEP area to build careers aspiration and inspiration from an early age, the Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot is a key part of the LEP’s Strategic Economic Plan and forms part of North East Ambition, which aims to support each and every young person in the region to make informed decisions about their future careers.

The Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot builds on the success of the North East LEP’s Good Career Guidance Benchmark Pilot, delivered in partnership with the Gatsby Foundation, and 16 secondary schools and colleges from across the region. This initial pilot was recognised as transformational and championed by government. It now forms part of statutory guidance for schools and colleges, with the benchmarks providing the framework for delivering high quality careers education, information and guidance across England.

The North East LEP is determined that Primary Schools in the region are at the forefront of national developments in creating a similar framework for delivering high quality careers related learning that is suitable for children in primary education.

The pilot is designed to sow the seeds of ambition from an early age by supporting schools to use an adapted set of Good Career Guidance Benchmarks as a framework to strategically develop an age-appropriate careers programme. This will enable the schools to help broaden pupils’ horizons, raise their aspirations and support them to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to be successful in the next stage of their education and beyond, regardless of their starting point.We’ve recently published the North East Ambition Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot.

Year 1 report - highlighting what’s been achieved so far and how it’s helping primary-age children to learn about the full range of possibilities open to them in the future.

You can read the report here.

The Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot is supported by funding from the European Social Fund, EY foundation and the Local Growth Fund.

For more information please contact Louise Liddle ([email protected]) or Phil Graham ([email protected]) in the North East LEP Skills team.