Lesson activities: 14 – 16 year olds

Use our activities and tools to inspire your 14 – 16 year old students to think about their futures, understand their choices, and help them make the right decisions.

Our resources can help you achieve your Gatsby benchmarks, as outlined in the table below. 

Activity Gatsby benchmark

Careers planner for 14 – 16s 

Looking for new ideas to get your students engaged in thinking about their future? Our downloadable planner has 18 activities for students and teachers to explore together and a wealth of resources to inspire.

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Making informed subject choices

Our student worksheet and teacher notes will help your students make informed decisions about which subjects to study.    

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Using the UCAS Hub in the classroom

Use our entertaining and informative lesson plans to get your students inspired about their futures. They’re flexible to allow you to adapt them to your students' needs, and so you can dip in and out to fit in with your timescales.   

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Truths and myths about university

This worksheet-based activity aims to help dispel some of the myths surrounding university. Students can complete the activity individually, in pairs, or as a group. 

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Four teaching activities to prepare your students for work experience

Covering research, behaviour, role-play interviews, and keeping a work experience diary, these handy tasks can be used as one-offs or a series of activities.

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Work experience diary print-out

Our work experience diary print-out gives tips on creating the right impression in the workplace and prompts students to reflect on what they've learned.  

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Three activities: Reflection after work experience

Self-reflection, partnering to think about what they've learned, and writing a thank you letter. These activities can be standalone or broken down into shorter sessions. 

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Supporting students with EAL: Careers ideas and activities

Students with English as an additional language (EAL) can face obstacles centred around communication and cultural differences. Use our practical tips and activities to help engage them with their future.

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We all have the power to make a difference 

This PSHE resource from the Blueprint for All charity explores some of the key issues around race that have recently dominated the media, with links to further resources to support age-appropriate conversations and learning.