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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!
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.
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.
Image therapy: Positive people progress
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Image therapy: Positive people progress

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“Image therapy” is a self-contained classroom topic that helps students to build a positive self-image. In a supportive environment, students are asked to take part in three different activities that involve giving and receiving positive feedback and then describe this experience. The activities in this topic will help to build confidence and self-esteem which are important factors in good decisions making including making career plans. 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 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.
Think outside the box: Explore creative thinking
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Think outside the box: Explore creative thinking

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“Think outside the box” is a self-contained classroom topic about creative thinking. Employers value creativity. It can help businesses to stay competitive, develop new products, solve problems and predict future growth areas. Creativity in business means being able to find a clever solution to a problem, especially a problem no one has seen before. This topic helps students to understand that creative thinking is a skill they can develop and work on themselves. 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 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Plan For Success: Study and Revision Skills
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Plan For Success: Study and Revision Skills

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Four individual A4 workbooks for learners to complete on their own, or with the support of a teacher or tutor. Each topic also comes with a teacher/tutor PowerPoint to introduce the topic and generate discussion. Each workbook is 18-22 pages of design-rich content with engaging activities and opportunities for thought provoking reflection. Target age 15+. The whole set makes up a comprehensive programme to help learners who will be taking exams or formal assessment and want to maximise their chances. It will be particularly valuable to students taking linear A Levels. The purpose of this programme is to help learners to develop embed effective study and revision habits at the start of the academic year and build these into a routine – avoiding the last-minute panic and stress. An overview of each topic is: • “Make your dreams happen” helps students to focus on how to visualise their goals and get their mindset right to achieve their goals. This might not be obvious to many students as a ‘study skill’ but their state of mind and sense of purpose are crucial to how they approach their studies, revision and exams – includes tips and techniques to help stay positive! • “Use your time well” asks students to consider their actual level of commitment to their studies, how they are using their time and where they are losing it along the way. This workbook helps students to analyse and improve their time management with a focus on how to maximise the value of their independent study time. They will consider the main ‘blockers’ that are impacting on their time and how to deal with them. • “Plan your revision” asks students “How do you study and revise for exams?” Many students are unaware of what study and revision skills they have and which they need to work on to deal with exams in a range of subjects. Getting a better understanding will help them to be more effective and ultimately to improve their chances of exam success. Includes a range of activities, tips and techniques for summarising and revision. • “Feel confident with exams” introduces students to the idea of self-confidence and self-worth in relation to their exam success. This innovative resource will help students to see their ability to study and pass exams as part of their self-belief and confidence for life. They will consider what makes them give up and how a lack of confidence could undermine their chances. This resource also includes useful strategies for exam preparation and dealing with stress and panic. Help your learners to get ahead of the exam season and maximise their chances.
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.
Who am I? Understand yourself and what matters to you
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Who am I? Understand yourself and what matters to you

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“Who am I?” is a self-contained classroom topic that helps students to think about their identity and how they define themselves. Understanding yourself is the basis of building self-esteem and making good career choices. This topic will help students to think about how their own identity matters if they want to make good career choices and stay true to themselves when faced with peer pressure or other uncertainties. 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.
Don't judge me! Identify and recognise discrimination
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Don't judge me! Identify and recognise discrimination

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“Don’t judge me!” is a self-contained classroom topic that includes discussion on how equality, diversity and inclusion benefits everyone in society by opposing the damage caused by stereotyping, discrimination and prejudice. A strong commitment to equality at work from employers also helps employees to respect the talent and individual contribution made by everyone in building a positive and successful working environment. This topic helps students to understand what discrimination is and how it can impact on individuals 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.
My role at work: Understand common job roles
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My role at work: Understand common job roles

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“My role at work” is a self-contained classroom topic that explores some frequently found job roles in many organisations. It encourages students to think not just about a company they want to work for but the role they may take within it and the skills required for these roles. This topic also introduces the concept of job progression from entry level to higher roles within the same area. The topic includes a small scale research project into job roles and progression for which internet access is required. 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.