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Welcome to Knowledge and Skills a dynamic partnership with lots of experience in designing and delivering employability skills, careers education and work experience. Our shop includes resources in these categories: Careers education for young adults: with modern magazine style images. Careers education for 11-14+ learners: these are the ones with the dogs! Work experience support: projects and guides for self-directed learning. Level 1 maths: popular topics featuring our elephant friends!

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Welcome to Knowledge and Skills a dynamic partnership with lots of experience in designing and delivering employability skills, careers education and work experience. Our shop includes resources in these categories: Careers education for young adults: with modern magazine style images. Careers education for 11-14+ learners: these are the ones with the dogs! Work experience support: projects and guides for self-directed learning. Level 1 maths: popular topics featuring our elephant friends!
My big ambition: Raising aspirations
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My big ambition: Raising aspirations

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“My big ambition” is a self-contained classroom topic with activities that are designed to help students to raise their aspirations and clarify their hopes and dreams which can become goals. Exploring this topic will also help students to realise that they have the resources they need to be happy and successful if they have self-belief and determination. The activities in this topic draw on some basic principles of neuro-linguistic programming such as visualising success and feeling positive about what you have achieved already. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 4 but can be used with a range of groups depending on their needs and abilities, and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes modern and striking imagery to appeal to young adult learners.
Applying for jobs: How to read job adverts
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Applying for jobs: How to read job adverts

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“Applying for jobs” is a self-contained classroom topic that introduces students to how to read and interpret job adverts by picking out the key messages and what they say "between the lines". Students will explore how they can gain some insight to the culture and environment in the organisation from how they advertise for new employees. Students will also consider how they could tailor their response to meet the expectations in two different job adverts. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 4 but can be used with a range of groups depending on their needs and abilities, and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes modern and striking imagery to appeal to young adult learners.
Level 1 Work Experience Project: Hospitality
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Level 1 Work Experience Project: Hospitality

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This work experience project will help students to build a record of achievement, keep portfolio evidence of work-based learning and gain the maximum benefit from work experience in a hospitality setting. The resource s a set of print friendly pages in large A4 size and is intended for students working at around Level 1. The sheets include questions and space for recording evidence of tasks completed, skills developed, information about the organisation, health and safety and environmental management. A detachable employer reference is also included. The project is for use in a workplace setting.
Decisions decisions: Choose with confidence
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Decisions decisions: Choose with confidence

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“Decisions decisions” is a self-contained classroom topic about what influences our decisions – consciously and subconsciously. Young people often feel that they have little or no control over decisions that affect their lives which can lead to stress. It is vital that they are supported to develop the confidence to make rational decisions in their everyday lives and for their future career planning. Students will reflect on decisions they have made in the past, and become more aware of what influences them when they face choices. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 3 and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes engaging and high quality images to add visual appeal.
Peer Mentoring Programme
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Peer Mentoring Programme

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Welcome to the Peer Mentoring Programme from Knowledge and Skills. This guide will help you to take the first steps in planning and implementing a peer mentoring programme in your school or college. This programme support is given in four parts: • An 87-page PowerPoint presentation structured into 10 training sessions covering essential information for trainee mentors • A 58-page training and information guide for teachers/tutors to help deliver the training • A set of optional forms and templates to record key information during the mentoring process such as draft agreements and review sheets • A 30-page Peer Mentor’s reflective journal or diary for trainee mentors to record their impressions, strengths and areas of development. This pack is delivered in simple format (Word and PowerPoint) to allow you to customise or adapt it to your own situation. It is intended as a practical ‘first steps’ guide to setting up a peer mentoring programme in a school or college if you intend to do so. Students who go on to be peer mentors will be helping others, developing valuable skills and generating evidence to add to a CV or personal statement. This pack does not cover the research background or justification for peer mentoring, it is assumed that if have decided to embark on a peer mentoring programme you may be looking for information on what steps to take, and how to avoid pitfalls. You do not need any previous experience of organising mentoring schemes in order to use this guide. The target group for this programme and training is students aged 15+ who will be acting as peer mentors for students of their own age or one or two years younger. It is not intended for primary schools, the language and exercises in the training sessions are aimed at older students, although the general principles apply. The guide and training will also provide evidence to support many qualifications at Level 1 in this area.
Go get that job! Explore your employability skills
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Go get that job! Explore your employability skills

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This lesson introduces the concept of employability skills and helps learners to consider their own skills development. It is one of 50 interactive topics in the My Career Development programme for career and work-related learning from Knowledge andSkills* The entire programme is mapped to the (ACEG) 2012 framework for career and work related learning at KS4 and complies with Ofsted recommendations for good lesson planning. Each topic includes instructions, a whiteboard-friendly slide show to structure your lesson and worksheets. Learning goals and reflective questions are included at two levels (increasing in complexity from green to amber) to allow for differentiation. *www.knowledgeandskills.co.uk
TEAM: The value of teamwork
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TEAM: The value of teamwork

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“Together Everyone Achieves More” is a whole lesson plan about developing teamwork and team skills. Students will discuss why teamwork is highly valued by employers and what makes a good or bad team. Activities focus on identifying the characteristics of a well-functioning team and learning to respect and value the different roles that everyone can play in a team. A good team draws on a range of skills and this topic will help to reinforce listening to and accepting different points of view. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 4 but can be used with a range of groups depending on their needs and abilities, and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes modern and striking imagery to appeal to young adult learners.
My Work: Understanding Employability Skills
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My Work: Understanding Employability Skills

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“Understanding Employability Skills” is a 20 page A4 workbook for students to complete on their own, working independently, with the support of a teacher or tutor. It is one of a series of modules that make up the My Work programme, aimed at young people who want to learn about how to improve their knowledge of how to get a job. It has been written by a team with many years of experience in designing and delivering employability skills resources. The design is well presented and colourful, and includes learning aims, a range of information and exercises, space for recording answers and a reflective log at the end to review learning. This module introduces the main employability skills valued by employers as defined by the Confederation of British Industry (CBI). Students will go on to explore the difference between skills and tasks and consider the value of transferable skills. They will then go on to look at motivation at work and what motivates them personally. There is an optional extension activity exploring two theories about what motivates us at work in more detail, and how this impacts on our happiness and success. This workbook will be of value to any programme that includes employability, work readiness and general careers education. It can be used for whole lessons or as part of a tutorial or enrichment session. NB: The workbook is presented in PDF Format.
Prepare for work experience: Get the most from your placement
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Prepare for work experience: Get the most from your placement

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“Prepare for work experience” is an introductory session that encourages students to start thinking about what work experience is for and what they would like to achieve by completing it. They will explore some basic laws that apply to work experience students, think about setting learning goals and discuss how to plan ahead for reporting any concerns that they may encounter at work. The activities will help students get the most from their placement and will contribute to a comprehensive preparation programme for any type of work experience. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 4 but can be used with a range of groups depending on their needs and abilities, and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes modern and striking imagery to appeal to young adult learners.
Interview me! Make a good first impression
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Interview me! Make a good first impression

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“Interview me” is a self-contained classroom topic which explores image. The earlier students understand the significance of the image they portray, the more this impacts positively on their personal development including their self-confidence and self-esteem. This topic helps students to understand why the image they portray in a competitive situation such as an interview is important and why they need to differentiate between the image they portray with friends or family from a more formal setting. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 3 and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes engaging and high quality images to add visual appeal.
Plan for Success: Presentations or Assemblies
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Plan for Success: Presentations or Assemblies

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Attractively produced PowerPoint presentations to introduce learners to a range of strategies and tools for effective exam preparation. These may be used as stand-alone presentations, or with accompanying workbooks (available separately). They will provide a good basis for assemblies introducing exam preparation and study skills. If you teach an exam year, or learners embarking on linear A Levels this is of particular interest to you. It can also benefit students in a wide range of settings who need to work towards a specific goal. The resource includes four PowerPoints which can be adapted for your own situation: ‘Make Your Dreams Happen’ includes how to develop realistic goals, how to develop a positive mindset and the value of personal resilience and learning from experience. ‘Use Your Time Well’ encourages learners to identify where their time goes, recognise their own blockers to effective study and how to deal with them. Also included is the power of good sleep habits to maximise learning potential. ‘Plan Your Revision’ gives learners a wide range of strategies to use from the start of an academic year to embed good study and revision habits and make these as part of a routine. This will help them to avoid last minute panic and trying to capture a year’s learning or more at the last minute. ‘Feel Confident With Exams’ helps learners to recognise situations where they are likely to feel stress and plan to deal with these – focusing on exam preparation. All presentations are attractively produced with strong images and engaging quotes for impact.
Lifestyle choices: Take care of yourself
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Lifestyle choices: Take care of yourself

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“Lifestyle choices” is a self-contained classroom topic that introduces the idea of self-regulation or applying limits to your own behaviour and asks students to consider how some poor lifestyle choices could affect their ability to work. The topic focuses on two aspects of self-regulation – diet and substance use. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 4 but can be used with a range of groups depending on their needs and abilities, and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes modern and striking imagery to appeal to young adult learners.
Magnificent mock interviews:  Complete a successful mock interview
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Magnificent mock interviews: Complete a successful mock interview

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“Magnificent mock interviews” is a lesson and preparation pack for students who need to take part in simulated interviews. Getting feedback on a mock interview can help students to know what to expect in a real interview situation. The interview can be arranged for every student at a time to suit them; however holding a group introduction and discussion is an effective way of helping students to prepare. This topic will need to be completed over more than one session in order to carry out preparation, interviews and feedback sessions. Briefing notes and feedback sheets have been included for students and interviewer(s), and a preparation checklist for the organiser. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 4 but can be used with a range of groups depending on their needs and abilities, and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes modern and striking imagery to appeal to young adult learners.
Level 2 Work Experience Project: Hair and Beauty
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Level 2 Work Experience Project: Hair and Beauty

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This work experience project will help students to build a record of achievement, keep portfolio evidence of work-based learning and gain the maximum benefit from work experience in a hair or beauty setting. The resource is a set of print friendly pages in large A4 size and is intended for students working at around Level 2. The sheets include questions and space for recording evidence of tasks completed, skills developed, information about the organisation, health and safety and environmental management. A detailed skills log is also appended as an optional extra, which includes more evidence gathering appropriate to this subject at Level 2. A detachable employer reference is also included. The project is for use in a workplace setting.
My dream job: Explore career values
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My dream job: Explore career values

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“My dream job” is a self-contained classroom topic that encourages students to think about the values they associate with certain careers and how these relate to their own goals and aspirations. Finding a job role that fits our values is a key aspect of being happy and fulfilled at work. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 3 and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes engaging and high quality images to add visual appeal.
My decisions and choices: How to make a well informed decision
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My decisions and choices: How to make a well informed decision

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“My decisions and choices” is a self-contained classroom topic for students approaching the key transition stage at 16. It helps them to explore how to make a well informed and realistic decision at this critical stage. Students will discuss how they make decisions, and the pitfalls of making a choice without all the information they need. They will try using a decision matrix, and then try out an exercise in choice involving the main progression opportunities available to them: sixth form college, full time FE college, apprenticeship or a job with training. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 4 and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes modern and striking imagery to appeal to young adult learners.
Work Experience Guide for Schools
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Work Experience Guide for Schools

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This guide is for school staff who have a responsiblity for organising Key Stage 4 work experience. It includes an overview of key issues and a suggested annual cycle for administrative processes. It will be particularly useful for staff who are new to this role. Whilst many details are a matter of local agreement, this guide constitutes a sound basis of best practice on which to build your own school manual for managing work experience.
Going for gold! Plan for your future goals
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Going for gold! Plan for your future goals

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“Going for gold” is a classroom topic about how to plan for short and long term goals. It helps students to understand that planning for their goals is an important step in achieving them, and that breaking down a long term goal into smaller steps will help to keep them on track and make their more complex goals achievable. Students will try out a goal planning exercise and reflect on how this could be useful to them in the future. This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 4 but can be used with a range of groups depending on their needs and abilities, and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes modern and striking imagery to appeal to young adult learners.
The customer is always right: The value of customer service
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The customer is always right: The value of customer service

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“The customer is always right” is a complete classroom topic that helps students to understand what customer service is and why it matters. Customer service is a highly valued skill at work. In this topic students will consider occasions when they feel they have been treated well or poorly in a customer service situation and how this affected their opinion of the organisation. They will identify some characteristics of good and bad service and reflect on ow they could develop good customer awareness themselves. This topic includes one small scale research activity that requires internet access (other activities are included which do not require internet access). This topic supports the learning outcomes in the Association for Careers Education and Guidance (ACEG) framework for career and work-related learning at Key Stage 4 but can be used with a range of groups depending on their needs and abilities, and provides good evidence of lesson planning. Two files are included with this topic. The first file is a lesson plan, worksheets and suggested running order for the activities. The lesson plan also includes differentiated learning goals, reflective questions and a “before and after” review of learning relating to this topic. The second file is a slide show presentation which can be used with a whiteboard or pc/laptop and projector, to add structure to the lesson for students. The slideshow has the same running order as the lesson plan, and includes modern and striking imagery to appeal to young adult learners.
Values and Expectations
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Values and Expectations

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This lesson looks at personal values and goals. Learners are asked to explore how their values relating to self and work will change over time, and how this impacts on traditional roles. There is an updated version of this resource on our My Career Development programme: 50 interactive topics for PSHE and careers education. Each topic includes whiteboard-friendly slide shows, worksheets and instructions. Complies with Ofsted recommendations for good lesson planning! More information and another free topic from www.knowledgeandskills.co.uk or hello@knowledgeandskills.co.uk