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Citizenship and Careers Resources developed by ACT


These resources form part of a suite of materials that link secondary curriculum subjects with careers education AND support the aims of the national curriculum As well as their unique contributions to young people’s development, there are many links between the content of the Citizenship programme of study and learning through Careers

In considering this relationship the following documents are most useful:

  • The programmes of study at key stage 3 and 4 for Citizenship
  • The new (October 2009) Statutory Guidance: Impartial Careers Education’ document which outlines 6 key principles of effective careers education.
  • The programmes of study at key stage 3 and 4 for PSHE Education: Economic Wellbeing and Financial Capability
  • Career, work-related learning and enterprise 11-19: A framework to support economic wellbeing.

The revised Secondary curriculum provides a brilliant opportunity for teachers, young people and community partners to consider more creative ways of working. The materials developed here will satisfy the requirements for both subjects equally, enable young people to practice the common skills of group work, advocacy, reflection decision making, using information effectively and being an active citizen.

Importantly they will be be fun and challenging, be flexible in terms of delivery style and length of time needed and be user friendly for the teacher who may be a non-specialist but also ambitious and innovative. The two Introductory downloads below for teachers and LA advisers are also supported by a QCDA advice document on IAG and Careers practice. Teachers might also like to work on the related ACT resource on government support for job seekers by using the Challenge Toolkit that is available from ACT on request by email to

Teachers may find the following web links may be of use. They provide generic support and advice on IAG-

Revision Tips for GCSE

TDA subject pages


Careers association

Personal Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) resources


Engaging in this work will strengthen the key processes across subject barriers. Most critically, these processes support young people in gaining a sense of agency and taking action in their community

• Effective decision making and active participation relating to and working with the local partners in the community and environment

• Diversity, stereotyping, equal opportunities, rights and responsibilities

• Economic understanding at local and global level

• Critical thinking and enquiry, the use of information effectively, debate and exploration of topical, sensitive and controversial issues

The ACT developed resources are below as FREE downloads

Activity 1 Enterprise to benefit all

This activity focuses on planning a social enterprise located in a vacant unit of a high street. It includes learning about enterprise skills and qualities in the context of ethical, environmental, community and social issues.

Activity 2 Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

This activity explores the relevance of studying Citizenship to a range of occupations and sets learners a careers challenge.

  Activity 3 Young Mayor for Westbury

This activity is based around a mock recruitment scenario in which three candidates have applied for the position of Young Mayor. Using decision making and negotiation skills, the group have to find the best person for the job.

  Activity 4 My career, my financial rights

This activity focuses on the financial rights and challenges that most people face along their career path. It looks at financial rights and benefits including pensions. Pensions were first introduced in 1910 and have become a controversial topic. You may wish to read the articles included in the Links section.

  Activity 5 Jobs are changing

This activity explores the relevance of studying Citizenship for the future world of work. Learners consider some of the growing career areas and consider the skills that will be needed. This activity uses short film clips of real people at work.

  Activity 6 Equal or not?

This activity focuses on discrimination at work and the legal rights that people have to be treated equally and fairly. Learners discuss a range of statements about equality and diversity before taking part in a debate.

    EMPLOYMENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES   A teachers resources from the Department for BIS

Starting Out: your employment rights and responsibilities is a new resource from BIS designed to raise young people’s awareness of their employment rights and responsibilities. Created for Key Stage 4, Starting Out encourages learners to engage with work-related issues at a significant stage in their lives. Many young people will undertake work experience or part-time work from the age of 14, and also begin exploring their longer-term career plans. Through a combination of pre-filmed scenarios and classroom-based activities, Starting Out examines legal requirements, anti-discrimination rules and health and safety principles in an informative and entertaining way. Starting Out directly promotes the Every Child Matters programme by helping learners to achieve economic well-being and stay safe in the workplace. In addition, it supports the provision of PSHE, Citizenship and Work-related Learning and the development of PLTS and Functional Skills in English and ICT.

The resource can be found at the BIS web site

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