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KS3 - Work and wages - 4 lessons
8 Resources available for download in this module
An introduction to work and wages for students at key stage 3.
In these 4 lesson plans, we look at the history of children in employment. Students study the reasons children worked and their working conditions. These are compared to the modern day.
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Below are the lessons in this topic. Click ‘View these lessons’ to download resources
A introduction for young people to they type of work they can do at school age
The law relating to the employment of young people.
The minimum wage and how it effects young workers.
The World of Work Teaching Resources
Some students will already take part in some kind of paid work. In these lessons they look at the type of work that has been carried out by children throughout history and also study the financial issues of the minimum wage etc.
Lesson 1 – What Was Work Like In The Past?
In these activities, pupils discuss the subject of child labour, using evidence about working conditions in the past.
Lesson 2 – What Kind of Work Can Children Do Now?
Students review and present information in relation to the Children and Young Persons Act 1993. This is a group activity with a class presentation to summarise.
Lesson 3 – What Kind of Work Can Children Do Now ? – Part 2
Using the information they have learnt so far, they must now apply their knowledge in a creative exercise.
Lesson 4 – Work and Wages
In the final session, students take part in an activity to understand the different levels of minimum wage and other financial issues relating to work including highest paid jobs and benefits.
These work and wages lessons can be used to support learning outcomes for Preparation for Working Life - Economic and Financial Aspects of Life from AQA. These lessons are also suitable for use with Personal and Social Development Qualification - Managing Own Money from ASDAN; Key Skills and Workplace Core Skills - Managing your Own Money from City & Guilds; Skills Towards Enabling Progression "Step Up" - Personal Budgeting, Economic Well-Being and Financial Capability - Budgeting and Money Management, Developing Skills for Employment - Financial Literacy and Money Management, Work Related Aspects of Citizenship from NOCN; Employability Skills - Financial Capability from OCR.