1.0 Introduction

Skills development

The activities emphasise skills development:

At the start of each phase, students are reminded to think about how they can develop their personal, learning and thinking skills (PLTS) as they work. Each phase provides broad and flexible opportunities that you can tailor to suit your students.

Refer to your awarding body specifications and to the specific needs of your students – you can then embed PLTS in the most effective way.

Prompts within the activities help students to use and develop specific elements of their functional skills.

The activities offer a variety of tasks but are deliberately biased towards discussion, research, exploration and role-play. These demand that students:

  • absorb, organise and use information
  • present facts and ideas to their peers.

Students can therefore share their learning and insights with their peers. They develop important communication skills that they will use in the workplace, and experience some of the many contexts that make these skills so vital.

The activities provide opportunities for students to use visual, auditory and kinaesthetic modes of learning.

You don’t have to deliver every role-play in that format: each one can also be used to stimulate a whole-class or small group discussion, where students consider the different perspectives of the people involved.

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