A new online resource bank to support
your delivery of effective careers provision

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Career-Learning-homepage-laptop 480 pixelsThis ready-made programme of study for career learning at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 provides schools with a comprehensive online bank of resources that will support effective careers provision.

Ideal for use by both specialists and non-specialists, the programme offers complete teaching support for the planning and delivery of your careers curriculum, including:

  • More than 60 detailed lesson plans
  • Engaging student activities
  • Clearly structured learning objectives
  • Background information to enable teachers to confidently explore issues raised
  • Worksheets, PowerPoints and links to supporting videos
  • A framework to publish on the school websiteCDI-Affiliate Organisation-logo

Career Learning helps you to achieve the Gatsby Benchmarks for good careers guidance
and is available for just £149 per year for a whole-school subscription!

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Career Learning will help you to deliver a comprehensive careers programme across your school.

With easy online access for all your teachers, you can download complete lesson plans and worksheets, access videos and any other resources needed to plan and deliver engaging careers lessons at the click of a button.

Take a walkthrough of the site

Click below to watch a brief walkthrough of the Career Learning website:

Try out a FREE sample lesson

This lesson from Year 10 investigates what aspiration or ambition means and encourages students to reflect on the qualities needed to achieve their ambitions.

Download Aspiration in Practice lesson from Year 10

And don’t forget …

Following the DfE’s statutory guidance on principles for good practice in CEIAG, our programme offers a coherent programme of activities that inform, inspire and motivate young people, preparing them for work and helping them to understand where different education and training choices could take them in the future.

  • Offers a clear framework linked to outcomes for pupils
  • Helps to develop a range of character attributes, including aspiration, resilience and awareness
  • Inspires students and encourages them to consider a broad and ambitious range of career options
  • Encourages schools to connect with employers and includes lesson plans that prepare schools and pupils for employer visits
  • Covers the full range of options available post-16, including apprenticeships, entrepreneurialism or other vocational routes alongside the more traditional A levels and university route
  • Includes lessons on NEET young people and all forms of stereotyping

Hear from other teachers

Career Learning is already successfully being used in several schools across the south west, where the authors run a Careers Collaborative group. Here’s what teachers who are already using the resource are saying:

Anne Chant
Centre for Career & Personal Development, Canterbury Christ Church University:

‘Career Learning is easy to use, clear, comprehensive and coherent and can be used with confidence that it has been put together by experienced professionals who understand the complexities of this subject area.’


Mandy Weyers
Avon Valley College, Wiltshire:

‘We are loving the Career Learning site. I have managed to write the whole school’s scheme of work for Careers through using the lessons plans.’


Andy Rogers
Head of PHSE, Devizes School, Wiltshire:

‘A perfect resource to build our careers curriculum, inspire our students, and give them key information. I cannot recommend it enough.’


Joyce Rendell
Head of Year and Careers Co-ordinator, Thomas Keble School, Stroud, Gloucestershire:

‘The lessons include activities which students of all abilities enjoy as well as straight forward lesson guidance for teachers which has been appreciated. Links to film clips and follow up activities generate much discussion. This scheme of work is excellent for the busy Careers Coordinator and lends itself to easy adaption to meet the needs of the careers teacher who may not be a specialist. I would recommend these lessons to all other secondary schools.’


Karen Heppleston
Work Related Learning Co-ordinator, Cheltenham Bournside School and Sixth Form Centre, Gloucestershire:

‘As a Careers Co-ordinator, the lessons are the best money I have ever spent. Our Heads of Year, who deliver a lot of our Careers programme, have been really impressed and the content of the lessons go down well with students. They are easy to adapt if you want to and you can use just what is right for your school as many of the lessons are independent of each other.’


Wendy Dixie
Work Related Learning Co-ordinator, The John Bentley School, Calne, Wiltshire:

‘The variety of skills, knowledge and understanding that these resources help to instil in the students is fantastic. Easy to use, they encourage students to take responsibility for their own career learning. Cohesive and developmental in their approach right the way through from Year 7-13, we would highly recommend them to other schools.’


About the authors

Andy Midwinter
is an Ofsted Inspector, and until recently was Head of Faculty (including Careers and PSHE) and a member of Strategic Board in a large secondary school in Wiltshire. Other previous roles include an Advanced Skills Teacher; 13-19 Adviser for LA; CEIAG Consultant, and Career Mark assessor. Andy has produced a number of  DVDs, including: “NEET: In their own words” and “Post 16: Next Steps”.

Jo Brown
is a Careers Adviser and quality award assessor, working in the south west, with 25 years’ experience of providing career learning.

The authors’ introduction to Career Learning:

Much careers education in the past has lacked ambition, being focused on a choice (of job or course) and inevitably simplistic models of decision-making (that may need to fit into a one-off lesson). Our experience of working with students over many years has indicated that decision making is often more circuitous than that acknowledged by the curriculum; it may be lengthy, be highly personal, and subject to a kaleidoscopic range of influences. This programme seeks to respond to these observations, by providing opportunities for students to reflect – the lessons are dominated by the question ‘what does this mean for me?’

The programme is also inspired by a sense that careers lessons have the potential to be doing more to prepare young people in the long term, for increasingly complicated progression routes and less employment predictability. The Department for Education argues that career guidance in schools has a role in fostering character traits such as resilience and aspiration. The word ‘learning’, rather than ‘education’, seems to better reflect the scope of our programme, since we seek to develop these traits, and in a way that will be sustained. We would add that this responsibility largely falls to the curriculum, because traits can only be developed over time. A recent evidence based review of careers work echoes this emphasis on developmental learning, arguing that while activity based approaches (visits, careers fairs etc) and work with individuals are both important, they should be considered as additions to provision that is very firmly ‘led’ by the curriculum.

What do I get?

Career Learning is an online resource bank that provides a ready-made programme of study for careers education in your school.

The site includes more than 60 lesson plans for use from Year 7 to Year 12/13.

Each lesson plan, along with all the supporting resources needed to deliver it, can be accessed on screen or downloaded as word documents for easy use in class.

A subscription to Career Learning will allow ‘anytime, anywhere’ access for any number of staff within your school. It can be used from home for lesson planning and preparation, as well as in class for easy access to the video links and lesson resources.

What does a lesson include?

  • Full teacher guidance to support you in delivering the lesson
  • A sequence of connected student activities on the lesson’s theme
  • A plenary review to embed learning
  • Clearly defined aims, learning objectives, key vocabulary and evaluation points
  • Links to video clips
  • Differentiated worksheets, activity cards, discussion points, feedback forms + all other resources needed to deliver the lesson

The lesson plans are arranged in year groups. They have no lesson number attached to them, although the suggested sequence is given in the Programme of Study plan. The year 11 lessons focus on post-16 options and applying for them, so are designed for the autumn term. Similarly, the year 9 lessons need to be timed before KS4 choices.

How much does a subscription to Career Learning cost?

Career Learning is available on subscription with unlimited online access for all members of staff – either throughout your school or from home. It can be accessed on both PCs and tablets.

Choose the subscription type that’s right for you:

Key Stage

whole-school subscription

whole-school subscription
KS3, 4 and 5 £149 + VAT £500 + VAT
KS3 and 4 £99 + VAT £320 + VAT
KS5 £79 + VAT £240 + VAT

To order, go to the product page and add the subscription that you would like to your basket.
You can then checkout as normal and pay either on account or by credit card.

Alternatively you can call us on 01225 584950.

Summary of lesson plans by Year Group:

Year 7

  1. What is Careers Education?
  2. Inviting a visiting speaker to talk about their job (1): The invitation
  3. Inviting a visiting speaker to talk about their job (2): Preparing questions
  4. Inviting a visiting speaker to talk about their job (3): Body language
  5. Inviting a visiting speaker to talk about their job (4): Hosting and reflection
  6. What am I good at? (1): Skills and personal qualities
  7. What am I good at? (2): Multiple Intelligence Theory, Howard Gardner

Year 8

  1. Job families; how and why jobs are categorised
  2. Using careers information (1): Value of research
  3. Using careers information (2): Resources/websites
  4. Self-reflection; selling yourself
  5. What influences me? (1): Decisions and character
  6. What influences me? (2): Shaping the future

Year 9

  1. Stereotyping (1): Impact on planning
  2. Stereotyping (2): Influences on subject choice
  3. Knowing my KS4 options (1): Making informed choices
  4. Knowing my KS4 options (2): Qualification options
  5. Finding good careers information and advice
  6. Who can help me?

Year 10

  1. Aspiration in practice
  2. Employability; what skills and qualities do employers look for?
  3. Work experience; introduction and diary
  4. The importance of a positive attitude in the workplace
  5. Work experience; contacting an employer
  6. Health and Safety in the workplace (1): Awareness of hazards
  7. Health and Safety in the workplace (2): Speaking up about issues
  8. Work experience; debrief – what did I gain?
  9. Competition for jobs
  10. Not in education, employment or training (NEET)
  11. Careers research
  12. Why do we dismiss some job opportunities?

Year 11

  1. Writing a CV (1): Identifying skills and qualities
  2. Writing a CV (2): The personal statement
  3. Writing a CV (3): Creating the CV from a template
  4. Interview skills
  5. Entrepreneurship (1): Understanding business
  6. Entrepreneurship (2): Attributes of entrepreneurs
  7. Post-16 options (1): What do I want to know?
  8. Post-16 options (2): Researching options
  9. Post-16 options (3): Student presentations and planning
  10. Job hunting; some successful approaches
  11. Job hunting for apprenticeships
  12. Choosing A levels

KS5: Sixth Form/College

  1. Options and timeline
  2. What else can I get involved in?
  3. Making decisions (1): Planning with confidence
  4. Making decisions (2): Reflecting through case studies
  5. Making decisions (3): Personal priorities
  6. Employability
  7. Higher Education options
  8. River (1): Managing challenges
  9. River (2): Understanding the changing labour market
  10. Apprenticeships at 18
  11. Gap year
  12. What might this lead on to?
  13. Applying to HE (1): What do admissions tutors look for?
  14. Applying to HE (2): What makes a good personal statement?
  15. Applying to HE (3): Developing writing skills
  16. Knowing yourself (1): Strategies for self-reflection
  17. Knowing yourself (2): Self-reflection in practice
  18. Is ‘follow your passion’ good career advice?
  19. The philosophy of ‘success’

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