icould free teaching resources
icould free teaching resources
Easy ways to integrate careers across the curriculum with icould.
Inform and inspire young people’s career ideas with:
- Real-life career videos
Explore career videos by job type, theme or subject, with personal insights into work, career paths, and choices.
- Detailed job data
Find job descriptions, salary stats, and more labour market information (LMI), in an easy-to-understand format below each video.
- Practical tips
See advice and guides on choosing GCSE options and pathways post-16, plus revision, exams, and finding work.
- Downloadable resources
Scroll down for student worksheets and ideas on using icould in the classroom.
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icould career video student worksheet
General questions which can be used with all icould videos to demonstrate student learning, supporting Gatsby benchmark 4.
Learning outcome: to increase awareness about jobs and skills and how they link to school subjects and to consider how career routes and other factors can impact career choices.
Adaptations: ask students to respond to selected questions or use to prompt group/class discussion.
Ten quick and easy icould activities
Short activities ideal for lesson starters or homework – scale up by including more videos or expanding discussions and questions – or group different activities together to create a whole lesson.
Learning outcome: introducing or developing student knowledge and understanding around key career concepts including gender stereotypes, sectors, skills, mindset, work experience and self-discovery.
What are you like?
Self-reflection exercise, encouraging students to see how personality, strengths and preferences can shape careers.
Learning outcome: To increase students’ self-awareness of their skills and strengths and consider how they link to jobs; to see how real people’s jobs link to certain personality traits; and to consider how personality can influence career choices and aspirations
Time: 20+ minutes
Using the power of personal video stories
Personal video narratives bring careers to life in a relatable way – they help spark ideas, make information accessible and easy to absorb, and provide a great starting point for wider discussion.
The videos offer a simple way to embed careers provision little and often into teaching practice, without the need for detailed planning.
Use icould to engage students with your careers strategy and:
- Increase awareness of pathways and opportunities – and how they can form
- Link school subjects with jobs
- Build personal reflection and career exploration
Watching icould videos also encourages young people to recognise:
- Careers are individual – many influences and motivations shape choices
- There is no set path – people with similar jobs often take different routes
- Careers evolve and change – being able to adapt is a valuable life skill
“Students like this approach and enjoy the stories. Other people’s experiences can be safer and using multi-media in sessions helps to engage students more effectively.”
How can I use icould in school?
icould supports a range of learning objectives through a mix of individual, group and whole-class learning.
With direct, free access you can use in careers, PSHE and subject teaching:
- As starter activities, and in form times and assemblies
- As homework or as an independent student activity for home-learning
- To support student learning before and after employer encounters
- In off-timetable careers events and one-to-one careers sessions
- With alternative curriculum students
We’ve put together some short activities above – or you can simply find or explore videos to reflect your needs. Use to support learning across a block of lessons or on an ad hoc basis, create a weekly ‘Careers Tuesdays’ slot in form times or subject lessons, or just to give your students a regular dose of inspiration.
You can also use icould to help you meet the Gatsby benchmarks.
Watching a single pre-selected video will take around four minutes; asking students to choose and watch a video will take a little longer.
“The films help students to identify with the individuals on the films and different areas which they have previously not considered. They have also been used to help some students who go out on placement to focus on their own experiences and to capture their learning more effectively.”
Inspiring the Future
icould is part of the Inspiring The Future, a service run by the Education and Employers charity which connects secondary schools with volunteers from the world of work.
icould resources are a great way to support student learning before and after encounters with volunteers.Plan your activity
Find out more
See our Information for parents page for details of how parents can use icould.
Find out how icould is use by a wide range of practitioners in the report Making use of icould: learning from practice by Nicki Moore and Tristram Hooley from the University of Derby.