Gatsby Benchmarks and Local Market Information - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Gatsby Benchmarks and Local Market Information

Gatsby Benchmarks and Local Market Information

A Stable Careers Programme

  • We have a published careers programme published on our website
  • There are several logged activities available for all of our young people, with additional activities available for specific groups of students
  • Our Academy Council and Senior Leadership team scrutinise the work of the careers team, with regular reporting and accountability in these forums
  • Careers Advisors are qualified with a Level 6 Diploma in Careers Advice and Guidance
  • All staff work together to ensure careers information is delivered throughout school, in subject areas; careers education is everyone’s responsibility at St Wilfrid’s

Learning from Career and Labour Market Information

  • Displays and digital media on careers and Local Market Information are available in key areas of school
  • Staff work alongside the Leeds Enterprise Partnership to ensure effective delivery of varied activities.
  • St Wilfrid’s is matched with an Enterprise Advisor from a local business, to help promote the LMI
  • Careers maintain their understanding of the local market to offer accurate and up-to-date information
  • Assemblies are delivered from both internal and external sources
  • All staff undertake yearly training with regards to LMI, to better inform their schemes of learning, with the most recent taking place in March 2020

Addressing the needs of each student

  • Students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities have bespoke guidance
  • Students are identified to receive one-to-one support and will help to formulate a student action plan, detailing the discussion and the actions needed
  • Destination data is collected at regular points throughout the year, to inform target lists for intervention
  • All our young people are offered opportunities to consider apprenticeships, through assembly and individual meetings
  • CV writing and application support for all students who require this
  • At St Wilfrid’s we pay for external independent advice and guidance from Prospects, who work with young people and families on an intensive level

Linking the curriculum

  • Careers information is given through Form Tutors, PSCHE, and assemblies
  • St Wilfrid’s careers staff have mapped the subject curriculum to identify areas where subjects linked their teaching to carers
  • Subject staff are developing schemes of learning to incorporate explicit links to careers and local market information
  • All staff are fully aware of Gatsby benchmarks and their obligations to deliver subject-led careers guidance, through training
  • Bespoke Further and Higher Education visits and activities are provided for groups of students, where a need is identified by curriculum leaders
  • Our Open Events – Year 8 pathways, careers information evenings, Sixth Form and Higher Education Progression Evenings, incorporate aspects of careers, planning, progression and local market information

Encounters with Employers and employees

  • There is an annual St Wilfrid’s Careers and Higher Education Fair in the summer term
  • In 2021, planning is underway for an additional Careers and Higher Education Week through a series of virtual sessions during Careers Week in March, with local providers and Higher Education institutions
  • There are several bespoke visits to local employers such as West Yorkshire Police
  • Our collaboration with Go Higher West Yorkshire, helps to fund several events for our young people to ensure they are well informed
  • For identified students, there are opportunities to visit local Careers fairs and support to attend open events
  • St Wilfrid’s has established many links with local industry and employers through a successful work experience programme – this is under review in the current COVID-19 restrictions

Experience of Workplaces

  • There are two opportunities for work-related learning in years 10 and 12
  • Students in specialist subjects, such as Health and Social Care and Child Development, undertake forms of work-related learning

Encounters with Further and Higher Education

  • Our established and successful partnership with Go Higher West Yorkshire, from the beginning of the programme, has resulted in significant university-led partnership in recent years
  • The progression rates of students to university has been consistently over 80% of the sixth form cohort
  • A visit to the UCAS Higher Education Fair takes place annually for all Year 12 students
  • Identified students are supported and given the opportunity to attend the Year 10 taster day to Wakefield College, with trained members of staff
  • The careers department is a vibrant part of school, centrally-located, it is a hub of information including a library of prospectuses
  • St Wilfrid’s prides itself on our bespoke workshops and talks in specialist fields, such as Medicine, or for Oxbridge applications

Personal Guidance

  • Ensuring a personalised approach to advice and guidance is the foundation of the work in the careers team
  • Individual Year 11 Careers interviews, take place
  • All students are able to ask for a careers interview at any point in their education
  • Students apply to the sixth form online, allowing for early identification and appropriate independent guidance for those who wish to apply elsewhere
  • Group sessions are available for Year 11 &13 – applying for apprenticeships
  • A trained careers advisor is on hand at parents’ evenings and open events
  • Careers Advisors work closely with Heads of Year, tutors and SEND team
  • All Year 11 students take part in the Progression Module, to help guide them in their progression choices, whether that be university or any other route, ensuring that our young people are well informed
  • Drop-in sessions are available for help to complete a CV, job applications or interview preparation

Responding to initial Disclosures


It is important to stay calm and keep the environment you are in as relaxed as possible, this will help to support the young person. Remember, issues around sexting are a safeguarding issue, and you should therefore ensure you follow your setting’s safeguarding policies and processes.

If you are not a DSL, you should refrain from asking for further information about the imagery.

Remember not to use language that implies blame or judgment. Recognise the courage it has taken to speak up and reassure them that they have done the right thing by raising their concern. Let them know that you will need to pass on this information to the DSL and be clear that this is so that you can provide the best possible support for them.

You can find out more about how to handle a sexting incident with our downloadable guidance.

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Responding to a Sexting Incident as a non-DSL


The 2020 guidance from the UK Council for Internet Safety (UKCIS) shares the following guidance on how to respond to an incident involving sexting.

  1. Report it to your Designated Safeguarding Lead (DSL) or equivalent immediately, your setting’s child protection policy should be followed, and the young person should be reassured about the reporting process and support available from DSLs.
  2. It is illegal to view, share, save, or request that the young person share or download the imagery. If you do see the imagery by accident, you should report this to the DSL and seek support.
  3. Do not interfere with the imagery by deleting it or asking the young person to delete it.
  4. Do not request further information regarding the imagery from the young person.
  5. Do not share information about the incident to other members of staff, any young people involved, or parents and carers.

For further information, read the UKCIS guidance overview here.

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Responding to a Sexting Incident as a DSL


Every instance of sexting is different, and there are many factors to consider when responding to a sexting incident, including aggravating factors such as:

  • Adult Involvement
  • Intent to Harm: Instances of abuse, blackmail, and coercion.
  • Reckless Misuse: Images sent without consent or without thought, but without intent to cause harm.

To find out the full guidance on how to address and assess a sexting incident with consideration of any aggravating or experimental factors, DSLs should read 1.6 ‘Understanding motivations and behaviour' of the UKCIS Guidance.

As a DSL, it is important to gather as much information as possible, including:

  1. Information on whether the incident involves images, videos, or messages.
  2. Who is featured in the content.
  3. Who sent the content.
  4. If any adults are involved
  5. Where the content is located.

It is essential to record all decisions and steps taken during a sexting incident. Any documentation should explain why certain actions were or were not taken. Examples of this include explaining why it was not necessary to report an instance of sexting to the police, and why it can be handled internally. Remember, your approach should be child-centric and all decisions need to be justifiable and taken in the best interests of the child.

Once a sexting incident has been addressed, it is essential that your organisation reviews the case to see where procedures and responses can be improved or learned from. In line with your setting’s safeguarding policies and practices, you should ensure the child is provided with appropriate post-incident support as required.

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Reporting to the Police and/or Local Authorities


There are occasions where sexting incidents do not need to involve the police, such as when an incident is ‘experimental’ rather than ‘aggravated.’ An experimental incident involves the sharing of nudes or semi-nudes without adult involvement and with no apparent intent to harm or reckless misuse.

Aggravated or abusive incidents of sexting should always be reported to the police through the Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH).

Once an incident has been reported to the police, they will be able to ensure a thorough investigation through the collection of all evidence. Any incident reported to the police will be recorded as an incident on their crime systems.

If a device needs to be passed on to the police, the involved devices should be disconnected from Wi-Fi and data and turned off immediately. The device should be locked in a secure place until the police are able to collect it.

To find out more information about the reporting process, you should read 1.9 ‘The Police Response’ of the UKCIS Guidance.

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Informing Parents


Generally, when incidents are disclosed, it is best to tell the parents or guardians of any young person involved. Exceptions can include when there is a risk or harm to the child by doing this, or if the young person expresses that this could cause a genuine problem.

Whether to tell the guardians or not is ultimately up to the DSL's discretion, however, they should always ensure to record and justify their decision within the establishment incident logs.

If the parents are informed, it is usually best to support the young person and involve them in deciding how to approach the conversation, by finding out what would make it easier for them (e.g. being present at the time or not).

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Reporting CSAM


Any incident that includes CSAM content online should be reported to the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF), who can identify and remove any content that includes child sexual abuse imagery.

You can also encourage children under the age of 18 to use Report Remove to help get an image or video of themselves taken down online. Report Remove is provided by IWF and Childline, and keeps the young person informed at each stage of their report, whilst providing further support when necessary.

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