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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!
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.
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.
Artificial Intelligence: The future of work
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Artificial Intelligence: The future of work

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“Artificial Intelligence” is a classroom topic about how skills for work are changing in a world of rapidly expanding technology. We all use multiple devices to manage our social lives and entertain ourselves, but our homes and workplaces are also going to see rapid change over the next few years. In this topic students will debate what intelligence and artificial intelligence mean to them, what skills may or may not be replaced by A.I. devices and how this could impact on the future of 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 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.
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.
Discover your employability skills
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Discover your employability skills

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This activity helps learners to understand the concept of employability skills and consider where they can develop these skills in other aspect of their lives. 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
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
Managing me: How to take responsibility for your actions
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Managing me: How to take responsibility for your actions

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“Managing me” is a self-contained classroom topic that introduces the idea of self-management as a skill. Students will consider their own self-management skills and how these could impact on their future career. They will explore not only how to manage their time better but to prioritise what is most important when time is limited. 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.
Understanding Labour Market Information (LMI)
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Understanding Labour Market Information (LMI)

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This lesson helps learners to understand what LMI is and how it can help them in their career search. 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
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.
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.
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.
Who's the boss? The role of the team leader
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Who's the boss? The role of the team leader

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“Who’s the boss” is a classroom topic about the role of the team leader. Students will discuss why teams need leadership and what they think leadership qualities are. They will learn that there is no one fixed model but a good leader will need to be responsive to other people, taking responsibility but respecting the skills and opinions of others. Students will consider how the role of the team leader evolves with a team as they work together, and they will think about their own potential leadership style. 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.
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.
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.
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.
Fantastic form filling: Effective application forms
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Fantastic form filling: Effective application forms

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“Fantastic form filling” is a classroom topic that helps students to understand how to complete application forms and online applications properly. This is essential to any job search. This topic covers some good and not so good practices in completing application forms and online applications to help students maximise their chances of future job success. 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.
Change happens: Plan for change
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Change happens: Plan for change

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“Change happens” is a self-contained classroom topic which helps students to embrace change and the new opportunities it can bring. Our plans rarely come to fruition as we expect them to. The key to success in learning and career planning is to understand that it is a process. Students will gain confidence from understanding that they do not need to have everything worked out to start planning for the future and keeping their plans flexible can be an advantage. This topic uses fictional case studies and activities focusing on the three C’s: Choice, Chance and Change. 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.
Be safe: Recognise hazards and risks
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Be safe: Recognise hazards and risks

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“Be safe” is a self-contained classroom topic that helps students to understand some basic principles about how to keep themselves and others safe in a school or working environment. It includes an overview of recognising hazards and risks and why it is important to manage these in the workplace. An understanding of health and safety is an essential part of learning about the world of work but it can also be applied to their everyday lives. 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.
Find me a job! Find information about careers
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Find me a job! Find information about careers

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“Find me a job” is a self-contained classroom topic that introduces students to searching for specific information about careers and then evaluating the information they find. They will learn what LMI (Labour Market Information) is and how to use it in their career planning. Being able to find and critically evaluate information is an important skill for career development and progression. The topic includes a small scale research project using LMI for which internet access is required (other activities are included which do not require internet 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 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.
Interview tips for the top: Prepare for an interview
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Interview tips for the top: Prepare for an interview

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“Interview tips for the top” is a self-contained classroom topic about how to present yourself well in an interview. Students will explore how their appearance, speech and body language could appear to an interview panel, and why it is important to be aware that personal presentation is a skill they can learn and improve on. They will also reflect on why it is useful to know something about the culture or conventions of the organisation interviewing them in order to make sure they present themselves well. 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.