Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot

We teamed up with the EY Foundation to deliver a pilot scheme to support 70 schools across the North East, aiming 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. It forms part of North East Ambition, which supports young people in the region to make informed career choices.

Building on past success

The Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot builds on the success of the North East LEP’s Good Career Guidance Benchmark Pilot, which was delivered in partnership with the Gatsby Foundation and 70 secondary schools and colleges from across the region.

Transformational and championed by government, the benchmarks are today part of statutory guidance for schools and colleges and provide a framework for delivering high quality careers education, information and guidance across England.

Creating a national framework

We now want to stay ahead of national best practice by introducing a similar framework suited to children in primary education.

This will enable our schools to broaden pupils’ horizons, raise their aspirations and support them to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding to be successful, regardless of their starting point.

Read the report

Our Year 1 Report highlights what’s been achieved so far, and how it’s helping primary-age children learn about the wide-ranging possibilities open to them in future. You can read the report here.

Read the Year 2 report here. 

Further information

The Career Benchmarks: Primary Pilot was supported by funding from the European Social Fund, EY foundation and the Local Growth Fund. For more information, please contact our primary team at