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Careers lesson plans that cover key stage 3 options through to post 16 opportunities

87 Resources available for download in this subject

Preview of a careers lesson plan

When it comes to preparing careers lessons, where do you start? With the selection of key stage 3 and 4 careers teaching resources below you will be spoilt for choice.

Whether it’s for an enrichment day, off-timetable event, through the curriculum or a form time exercise, the worksheets and activities are flexible and varied, so can be selected to meet your needs.

With the ready-to-use lesson plans, you can login, download, print off and use today in all of your KS3 and KS4 Careers classes.

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Year 9 options lesson plans and worksheets.

KS3 - Options in Year 9 - 4 Lessons

It is crucial for students to fully understanding what options are available to them in Year 9 (Key Stage 3) as it is the chance for them to take control of their education and to decide what they want to learn more about.

Work and wages lesson plan for KS3

KS3 - Work and wages - 4 lessons

4 lessons introducing the topic of work, wages, the minimum wage, and explores the history of children and work.

Careers teaching resources acvitities and lesson plans.

KS3 - Professional Skills and Career Planning - 6 form time activities

These lesson plans for careers at key stage 3 cover vital careers information, from understanding what is expected in employment to how to achieve personal career goals.

Functional skill teaching resources.

KS4 - Skills for Personal Development

Four activities about personal skills, including functional skills, thinking skills and identifying what skills you have, and which you may need to develop as part of your careers planning.

Skills for the workplace lesson plans

KS4 - Skills for the Workplace

These activities are useful for pre-work experience or as part of work-related learning or careers programmes of study.

Careers research skills lesson plans.

KS4 - Research Skills - 3 lessons

Present information on how to research future career possibilities and how to use different research skills.

Missed Opportunities - careers lesson plan and worksheets.

KS4 - Career Opportunities

Two careers activities designed to help students think about their career choices.

Group of people conducting research.

KS4 - Careers Action Planning - 4 lessons

These lessons offer a way of helping students understand what is the best way forward in terms of deciding what they want to do when they leave school.

Using spreadsheets, a careers teaching resource.

KS4 - Labour Market Information

These activities help students to understand the bigger picture regarding the labour market and employment trends.

Transitions to post 16 education teaching resources.

KS4 - Transitions - 4 lessons

KS4 teaching resources which find out what is avaliable to students, and the transition to post 16 education.

Careers gap years lesson plans.

KS4 - Gap Years - 4 lessons

A series of lessons that will explore what a gap year means, what people can do and whether it would be something that would interest them.

Qualifications activities for careers.

KS4 - Qualifications - 3 form time activities

In this series of three short activities, students take a look at the alternative qualifications and pathways available to them.

Society, health and development, diploma and careers resources.

KS4 Society, Health & Development

These lessons include topics such as the future of the sector, daily scenarios, and roles in healthcare.

Careers Teacher Toolkit

Careers Teacher Toolkit

A selection of useful resources including a guide to interviews with students, careers convention materials, students assessment tool and enrichment day resources.

Playwork. An example of a career choice.

KS4 - Enrichment Day Programme

Complete Enrichment Day Programme for key stage 4.

Careers lesson plans, worksheets, activities and teacher guidance

Careers Education

Giving students the knowledge and skills to develop their personal well-being and financial capability can happen both inside and outside school. Giving them a broad range of careers education will help to explore the opportunities they have once they leave school. The Department for Education has amended the responsibility for careers advice and guidance, meaning schools will be responsible for securing access to impartial careers guidance for pupils in years 9-11. It is anticipated that this will be extended to cover careers education in years 8-13. Further information about the new National Careers Service will be included here as it becomes available

Careers Teaching Resources

With careers worksheets and careers teaching resources covering both key stage 3 and key stage 4, there are plenty of lesson plans to choose from. Created by advanced skills teachers (ASTs), the activities are designed so that they can be delivered as part of a structured programme of study, or as discrete modules for use perhaps in a form time or assembly group.

Careers Topics

Topics include, career opportunities, research skills, customer service, health & safety, labour market information, society health & development, skills, sport & active leisure, options in year 9, work & wages, professional skills & career planning, financial capability, interviews, transitions, qualifications and gap years. There are also enrichment day or careers convention resources, assembly plans and a careers assessment tool. In this careers section, you will also find teaching resources from the Sector Skills Councils, covering specific careers including case studies.

Careers Information Advice & Guidance for Teachers

There are a number of organisations that can help to guide careers teachers. The Association for Careers Education and Guidance is a useful source of information, while Cegnet is the website for professionals working in careers education, information, advice and guidance.

Cross Curricular – Work-related Learning and Enterprise

As part of the provision for Economic wellbeing and financial capability, you may also find useful careers teaching resources in the work-related learning and enterprise sections of this website.

Vocational Qualifications

These career lessons can be used to support learning outcomes for Personal and Social Development Qualification - Preparation for Work and Employability from ASDAN. These lessons are also suitable for use with Preparation for Working Life with AQA; Skills Towards Enabling Progression "Step Up" - Employability, Economic Well-Being and Financial Capability from NOCN; Employability Skills - Preparation for Employment from OCR.