Essential 14-16 resources

Motivational teaching materials for vocational learning

On this page you will find essential resources to help motivate and engage students who are studying practical alternatives to GCSEs.

With up-to-date workplace settings and real-life topics our titles are designed specifically to fit around the needs of you and your students. You'll discover that our resources are adept in giving your students the skills they need to progress and develop and that they also embed vocational learning.

Our resources get results too. They have proven to be a valuable support for pupils not expected to pass GCSE's. Melior Community School in Scunthorpe used our Everyday maths, Functional Skillbuilders and Money management titles to motivate and engage students - and they entered the school's weakest group for GCSE Maths a year early - the entire group passed the exam.

Below you will find details on our award winning resources for tackling literacy, numeracy, life skills and employability for 14-16-year-old learners.

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Functional Skillbuilders

Functional Skillbuilders

Functional Skillbuilders

Functional Skillbuilders

Helping you build and apply literacy and numeracy skills

Functional Skillbuilders titles help you cover every aspect and level of the Functional Skills standards and the Adult Core Curriculum (Entry Level 1 through to Level 2) and build skills based on work-related learning tasks.

These teaching materials will encourage your students to transfer literacy and numeracy skills to other areas of learning. They are perfect for supporting the literacy and numeracy needs of adult learners and are ideal preparation for the national tests.

The 32 photocopiable Functional Skillbuilders volumes each have over 50 worksheets, together with answers and practical teaching notes.

The three workplace contexts – retail, leisure and manufacturing – are key to this series’ success. The workplace emphasis provides you with task-based learning opportunities ideal for the explicit teaching of literacy and numeracy.

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WorkScenes

Vocational contexts to boost literacy and numeracy

WorkScenes provides you with a huge bank of photocopiable, contextualised literacy and numeracy resources in vocational contexts to motivate your students.

WorkScenes offers your students the chance to develop the skills they need to get on in the workplace while practising basic literacy, numeracy and ICT skills. The exercises are suitable for Level 1 key skills support for students on vocational programmes as well as for general Skills for Life learners.

Each manual follows the work and study experiences of a pair of young people and covers a range of problem-based scenarios based in workplace settings to enhance students personal, learning and thinking skills as well as boosting literacy and numeracy skills.

Written by experienced vocational education co-ordinators in collaboration with industry specialists, WorkScenes feature an average 150 photocopiable worksheets with answers, plus a separate bank of literacy and numeracy support activities.

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To download sample worksheets - simply register your email address here, find the title(s) you are interested in and click "Information Sheets" on the right of the page.

WorkScenes

WorkScenes

WorkScenes


nasen 2009

Basic skills for work

Basic skills for work

Basic skills for work

Communication skills for the workplace

Help workers communicate effectively, solve problems creatively, and work as a team while improving the basic reading and writing skills most needed for quality work performance.

These photocopiable resources will help your students develop these essential skills needed to keep a job. The series contains useful tips and reading and writing exercises that guide your students through how to handle all sorts of work situations including:

  • the first day on the job
  • dressing appropriately
  • getting along with supervisors and co-workers
  • dealing with customers
  • improving listening and speaking skills, and more.

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Job skills and Social skills for work

Prepare your students for today’s job market

These photocopiable titles prepare your students for the challenges they will face in today’s job market! Written in our trademark, down-to-earth style, the Job skills titles will help your students find and secure the right job for them.

The books provide step-by-step guidance for each stage of getting a job and include real-life activities that simultaneously build numeracy and literacy skills. What’s more, students can also take advantage of our free Job skills website to help improve their IT and verbal communication skills.

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To download sample worksheets - simply register your email address here, find the title(s) you are interested in and click "Information Sheets" on the right of the page.

Job skills

Social skills for work


ERA 2008 winner

Money management

Money management

Award winning resources for economic wellbeing

Money management provides you with cross-curricular motivational materials for the financial capability framework and the new programme of study for PSHE at KS3 and KS4.

The entire series scooped the Best Secondary Resource award at the Education Resources Awards 2008 and titles have recently been awarded the pfeg Quality Mark. The judges praised the Money management series for being ‘an impressive resource, uniquely and attractively tackling a difficult subject for most non-specialist teachers’.

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Signs and symbols

Use everyday contexts to motivate your students

Signs and symbols use puzzle-style activities to teach learners the meanings of common signs and symbols found in the workplace.

The tasks provide your students with essential health and safety information in an engaging, totally non-threatening way. The worksheets capture student interest and are suitable for anyone preparing for the world of work.

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Signs and symbols skills

Signs and symbols skills

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