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LifeSkills aims to help everyone in the UK, whether that’s a young person preparing for their first job or someone wanting to progress in their career. Since 2013, the LifeSkills programme has been raising the confidence, aspirations, and motivations of millions of young people to help them succeed in work.

LifeSkills free resources help address the skills gap and youth unemployment challenge, so young people leave education with the skills that businesses need. They are also designed to support all schools in developing their careers strategies, including meeting the Gatsby Benchmarks in England. All our content is mapped to curriculums for England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland for students aged 11-19 in the LifeSkills Content Guide.

Helping educators make the most of student time

As educators and families adapt to a mixture of online and school based learning, LifeSkills content has also evolved to support those currently learning from home, and is available online for educators, parents and young people to access. The Remote learning hub is dedicated to helping educators easily and efficiently set activities for students to enable them to continue building their employability skills. Encourage colleagues to visit the website to explore the most relevant content for their current teaching environment, including lesson plans, toolkits and activities for those back in the classroom. Get started by watching our top tips video full of advice from other educators on delivering effective, engaging remote sessions with LifeSkills.

Supporting families with blended learning

For families creating home learning plans and looking for more inspiration, our online lessons provide an engaging and on-demand activity for young people. They are complemented by a range of new independent learning worksheets, adapted from key existing LifeSkills lesson plans. The worksheets focus on a range of skills for now and the future such as problem solving, staying positive, self-confidence, as well as practical activities on CV writing and interview skills. These interactive and reflective activities can also be done with a parent or carer, who can find helpful information for working through the steps in our Families hub.

Resources to prepare students for the world of work

Signing up to LifeSkills provides educators with access to a wealth of inspirational tools for the classroom. Young people can also sign up to access these tools themselves and explore content tailored for their needs independently. This includes the popular ‘Virtual interview practice’ which provides students with an opportunity to practise and improve their interview technique. Another practical tool for students is the ‘Wheel of strengths’, which helps students map their skill set with job roles that may suit them. As well as providing a range of aspirational job roles, students can explore how to develop their existing skills and learn new ones. These tools all come with lesson plans so educators can help their students make the most of them through teamwork tasks and reflective activities.

LifeSkills resources are also designed to provide support for you and pastoral teams in addressing the needs of individual pupils, including those with special educational needs and those who have left care. The content adapted for young people with special educational needs are designed to be flexible, and have been adapted with the expert support of Talentino. There is also content available for educators working with care leavers on topics from financial risk and the cost of living independently to borrowing, credit and debt. In partnership with the Care Leavers Covenant, twelve activity packs have been created to support care leavers with building the confidence to achieve financial stability.

CPD for teachers to help embed employability skills

LifeSkills have partnered with tes to develop a free online CPD course, to help educators plan tailored lessons and embed employability skills across the curriculum. Within the course, you and your team can learn more about core transferable skills, including problem solving, communication and leadership, and explore how you can best prepare young people for the world of work through the day to day teaching at your institution.

This CPD course also includes practical ways to embed employability skills into lesson planning across your school’s curriculum going forward.

How to access free LifeSkills resources

Encourage your career leaders and subject leads to sign up and discover LifeSkills resources to support student wellbeing and build CV and interview skills, as well as the core transferable skills that students will need throughout their education and in the workplace. The LifeSkills 2019 Impact Report revealed that 88% of students using LifeSkills said they felt more motivated to achieve in academic and vocational studies. Why not join more than 95,000 UK educators by registering with LifeSkills to gain access to this wealth of free resources and insight today.

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