Use the Made it in Doncaster follow-up lesson plan to provide an opportunity for pupils to self-assess their own skills set against your school’s values, to learn more about job roles, employers and the world of work in Doncaster and to reinforce the messages shared in the assembly plan.

Use the lesson plan as a guide to deliver the follow-up lesson PPT.

Opening thoughts

  • Recap the assembly and ask pupils to recall key information.
  • Encourage pupils to explore and match the job descriptions on page three of the follow-up lesson PowerPoint resource, either on the board or as a printed resource. Review the answers.
  • Ask pupils to consider how adults make decisions about their jobs. Answers can be written on whiteboards or verbal. Use their thoughts to encourage class discussion. Examples: pursued an interest, listened to careers advice from school staff and adults when they were younger.
  • Pupils to watch the first video link and make notes on mini-whiteboards about how the Alumni figures chose their jobs. Pupils to share these notes in class discussion

Main activity

  • Pupils reflect on what makes adults and themselves successful in their jobs/at school.
  • Pupils use the school’s values to generate a list of all the skills they use in and out of school. Encourage pupils to give an example of each.
  • Pupils vote on/choose eight of the skills they think are the most important to be successful in a job when they are older, then use these to self-evaluate on a radar chart.
  • Pupils present their radar chart to a partner who then shares this in the group discussion.
  • Pupils watch the second video and make notes on mini-whiteboards about which skills the inspirational figures use to be successful in their jobs, then share notes in the class discussion.


  • Pupils reflect on their radar charts, complete the template on page 13 of the follow-up lesson PowerPoint resource and identify ways to improve their weaker skill.
    (Both radar charts and templates (printed on coloured paper) to form a classroom display, e.g. interconnected cogs)
  • Pupils take part in a Silent Gallery, noting/creating a tally chart on mini-whiteboards of which skill has the highest rating across the class and which skill has the lowest rating (using the template on page 13 as a prompt if necessary).
  • Pupils share their findings in a class discussion and staff fill in an enlarged version of the template on page 14 of the follow-up lesson PowerPoint resource to identify which skill is the collective group’s strength and which they are going to work on.
  • Pupils watch the final video and make notes on mini-whiteboards about how the inspirational figures face challenges too!

Additional classroom activities

  • Before watching any of the Made it in Doncaster videos, allocate each pupil a job role based on the bios of the inspirational figures. Ask pupils to draw what they think the figure looks like. Watch the video and draw comparisons.
  • Ask pupils to categories job roles of the inspirational figures into "men's" or "women's" jobs. Watch the videos and use this as an opportunity to address misconceptions.

Additional school-wide activities

  • Pupils come to school dressed as their ‘future self’ in the job they imagine themselves doing in the future.
  • Share your own career journey so far with students, perhaps highlighting a change in career/sector or part-time employment at a younger age.
  • Set up a Careers Club at lunchtime throughout Doncaster Careers Week for pupils to watch the video resources on the Opportunities Doncaster website.

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