Find out about information and resources that support CEIAG and the Quality in Careers Standard. There are a few national sources of information, guidance and legislation that underpin the performance criteria for the nine units.


OfSTED (England) and the Education Training Inspectorate (Northern Ireland)

OfSTED Inspectors make judgements about how well students are prepared for the next stage of their education, employment, self-employment or training. Inspectors will also compare the institution against the national average for all pupils progressing on to a range of higher and further education establishments, apprenticeships, employment or training which strongly support their career plans.

Inspections of Post-primary schools in Northern Ireland includes specialists who will look at whole-school areas, including CEIAG. The specialist inspector will evaluate both the extent to which the curriculum offer ... meets the needs, aspirations and career goals of the pupils and the extent to which the pupils receive high quality, impartial careers education, information, advice and guidance, are well informed about progression pathways and make sound subject and careers-related choices.

Statutory Guidance

The Government in England has published guidance and advice about how institutions must ensure a quality CEIAG offer to all students (including statutory guidance that institutions must have regard to). The Government recommends that all schools should work towards a quality mark for careers education, information, advice and guidance as an effective means of carrying out a self-review and evaluation of the school's programme.

The Gatsby Benchmarks

The Gatsby Foundation commissioned Sir John Holman to research which actions and guidelines could improve career guidance in secondary schools. The influential report "Good Career Guidance" was published in 2013 and includes 8 benchmarks against which an institution can measure their CEIAG provision. The Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Ixion (part of the Shaw Trust Group) has been fully mapped against the benchmarks. The mapping document is available to all registered institutions.  The Careers and Enterprise Company along with the CDI have also produced further materials to support institutions in meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks.

The Gatsby Report: Good Careers Guidance

The Gatsby Benchmark Toolkit

The Career Development Institute (CDI)

The CDI is the professional body for the careers sector. The Framework, published in 2020, includes learning outcomes for careers, employability and enterprise education at Key Stages 2, 3, 4 and post-16. The framework will support institutions to plan, deliver and evaluate high quality careers work. The Quality in Careers Standard awarded by Ixion (part of the Shaw Trust Group) has been fully mapped to illustrate which areas of the framework correspond with the performance criteria in each of nine units of the award. The mapping document is available to all registered institutions.

The Framework for Careers, Employability and Enterprise Education 7-19 from the Career Development Institute (CDI)