Here you will find a selection of resources which we have found helpful. They are organised by age group and target audience. Also check out Career Sectors for information on routes, qualifications and jobs directly from the professional bodies that represent the careers in each sector.

We have resources for 7-11 year olds, 12-16 year olds, post 16 year olds and for parents.

Click here to go straight to our guide to the National Curriculum stages.


Online safety

It's important to be safe when browsing websites. Because there's no one controlling what is on the internet some things are not safe for you to look at. Check out Insafe's guidelines, for young people, parents and for teachers.

Insafe also organise 'Safer Internet Day' each February - see what events are going on and download their toolkit.


7-11 year olds

Channel 4 Learning

Channel 4 Learning

Have a look at some of the jobs you could do on these websites:


12-16 year olds

Associations of Colleges (AOC)

The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of Colleges and provide members with professional support services. AoC provides lots of good information on colleges

Channel 4 Learning

Channel 4 Learning

Edge

Edge is an independent education foundation, dedicated to raising the stature of practical and vocational learning. 

Guiding Lights

Guiding Lights brings together two groups of people - inspirational role models from a variety of industries, areas and backgrounds, and 13-19 year olds who can benefit from information, advice and guidance as they make important choices about their education. There are insider tips on a range of career options through the inspirational stories of people who've been there and done it. 

The Transformation Trust

The Transformation Trust provides extra-curricular activities for young people. Projects have been on formula one racing, making music and theatre to name just a few.

Post 16 year olds

Associations of Colleges (AOC)

The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of Colleges and provide members with professional support services. AoC provides lots of good information on colleges, including videos and success stories. They also have useful links to other sources of information. 

Brightside Trust

The Brightside Trust provide a wealth of easily accessible information and support a range of projects for students. Their resource Bright Knowledge will help you on your way, with information about careers, education and student life. Also check out their student calculator to find out which loans and grants are available to you to help you get where you want to go. 

Edge

Edge is an independent education foundation, dedicated to raising the stature of practical and vocational learning. 

Getting In

University and College Advice – information on all universities and colleges in the UK, including courses, open days and more.

Revision Guides – with outstanding information and guides from GSCE to A Levels.

Personal Statements – close to 1000 example personal statements and helpful guides on completing UCAS applications including everything your students need to know for a successful application.

Guiding Lights

Guiding Lights brings together two groups of people - inspirational role models from a variety of industries, areas and backgrounds, and 13-19 year olds who can benefit from information, advice and guidance as they make important choices about their education. There are insider tips on a range of career options through the inspirational stories of people who've been there and done it. 

Job profiles (National Careers Service)

Want to have a look at the different job areas out there? Job profiles on the National Careers Service website can tell you more, whether you have no idea which direction to go in or if you want to look at  jobs in particular.

National Citizen Service

Say yes to NCS this year and join other 16-17 year olds in a programme of activities, including a trip away from home, that will boost your confidence and give you experience essential for your future. All opportunities (and there are thousands) are capped at £50. Check out NCS on Facebook.

Push

Push provides a profile of every university in the UK, covering important topics such as sex ratio, cost of living, average housing cost, percentage of graduates unemployed after 6 months and the percentage of students who drop out. They provide information on how to get into university, tell you how to make your application shine and use (and abuse) the system to get the edge on getting in.  They also provide  useful information on student life

The Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS)

UCAS are who you apply to when you have chosen a course at a college or university. You can search all the courses available in the UK, apply for courses and track your application on this site.


For Parents

Associations of Colleges (AOC)

The Association of Colleges (AoC) exists to represent and promote the interests of Colleges and provide members with professional support services. AoC provides lots of good information on colleges, including videos and success stories. They also have useful links to other sources of information.  

Aspire Academy

Aspire Academy offers free webinars and advice/strategy to help secure apprenticeships, jobs and top university or college places.

Career Circus

"Your Career. Your Life" That's the Career Circus' philosophy. Take a look at their site for coaching, interactive workshops and master classes for people aged 18-35 at all career development stages.

Edge

Edge is an independent education foundation, dedicated to raising the stature of practical and vocational learning. They provide a useful Know Your Options resource, which covers courses, careers and other areas. Use it to check out the alternative routes into a professional career. 

Frugal Dad (for Higher Education in the U.S.)

This site provides an open-access resource to promote access to higher education in America, allowing you to search for affordable colleges throughout the nation. Find out how much college costs in the different American colleges by going to Frugal Dad's Cheap Colleges page.

Guiding Lights

Guiding Lights brings together two groups of people - inspirational role models from a variety of industries, areas and backgrounds, and 13-19 year olds who can benefit from information, advice and guidance as they make important choices about their education. There are insider tips on a range of career options through the inspirational stories of people who've been there and done it. 

Rathbone

Rathbone offers a flexible range of education and training programmes – Youth Choices (Pre-16) - designed for young people aged 11 – 16 (Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4) who are experiencing difficulties in mainstream education, in particular:

  • pupils who have been permanently excluded
  • pupils excluded more than twice from mainstream schools
  • those subject to Education Supervision Orders
  • pupils returning from secure accommodation
  • young people who have not engaged in formal education for more than 12 months


The National Curriculum key stages 

The National Curriculum is organised into blocks of years called 'key stages'. There are four key stages as well as an Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The EYFS covers education for children before they reach five (compulsory school age).

Age Year Key Stage (KS) Assessment

3-4

4-5


Reception   

EYFS                


5-6

6-7

Year 1

Year 2

KS1



Teacher assessments in English, maths and science

7-8

8-9

9-10  

10-11     

Year 3

Year 4

Year 5

Year 6

KS2





National tests and teacher assessments in English, maths and science

11-12

12-13

13-14

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

KS3

Ongoing teacher assessments

Ongoing teacher assessments

Teacher assessments in English, maths and science and the other foundation subjects

14-15

15-16

Year 10

Year 11

KS4


Some children take GCSEs

Most children take GCSEs or other national qualifications


More information about key stages and assessments at each level.
 
Following these stages, the main phrases used are post-16 and post-18.

The Parent Motivators Guide

Download the Parent Motivators Guide

This new guide for parents of recent graduates, written by award winning career coach Denise Taylor, aims to help parents support graduates in their search for work and understand the support available. It includes advice on how to motivate your son/daughter, understand the available options, find work experience, internships and paid work. It also includes case studies, an ‘ask the experts’ section and information on other sources useful to graduates.