Welcome to Real life, your life, a suite
of activities for 14-16 year old learners.
There are over 350 different careers in
today’s NHS and we want to let young
learners in school know that it is not
all like they see on hospital dramas.
The real world of the NHS is so varied and we’ve designed ten flexible activities which use
real life situations to make young learners think about their future lives and careers. We’ve
used familiar scenarios to bring making decisions to life. The activities are progressive and
can be delivered as part of work in citizenship, PSHE, english, drama, careers guidance and
the new society, health and development (SHD) diploma which begins in September 2008.
However, the content of each activity is generic and so other subject areas will find the
material useful. The activities are addressed to the young learner and to keep it interactive
there are short video clips, quizzes and short tasks. In many of the activities there are
opportunities for individual, pair and small group work. Students can do as many or as few
activities as they choose. The activities vary in length but there is an indication of how much
time each would require in the classroom as a guide for teachers. In addition, many of the
activities could be undertaken independently as part of a personalised learning or extension
programme for young learners.
At the start of each activity is:
• an information box which provides an indication of the amount of time required
to complete the activity
• a summary of the ways in which the activity meets the new QCA Personal,
Learning and Thinking Skills (PLTS) Framework
• appropriate subject links.
For more information about the QCA PLTS
please go to the QCA web site.
Real life, your life?
Introduction to the activities
The appropriate subject links include the new society, health and development
diploma which will begin in September 2008. The SHD diploma follows four
occupational areas. Young people will have gained a wide range of skills and
knowledge directly relevant to fu