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Setting Targets and Monitoring Progress for Students with Special Needs

Price: £25.00
Age Range: KS3 KS4

A version of our best-selling Setting Targets and Monitoring Progress for lower ability students. Focuses on personal development through target setting and planning in all areas of life, not just at school. Lessons are arranged in four broad categories: School, Beyond school - jobs, Learning from looking at other people and How to make progress. Activities are illustration-rich and encourage a high input of ideas from the teacher.

Topics include: Why set targets?; Planning for exams; Value of education; Importance of homework; Making the right choice; Learning that choices are not irreversible; Importance of good behaviour in class; Advantages of having a job; Planning for successful work experience; Know where to look for opportunities; Overcoming problems; How understanding your own strengths and weaknesses helps you to set targets and make choices; Improve your self-esteem; Stay calm; Confidence building; Importance of staying healthy; Commitment.

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Size: 76 Pages
ISBN: 978 1 86025 387 4
Author(s): Kevin Clarke
Code: STPS
Popularity rank: 298

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Contents List



  • 7 HOPES AND DREAMS Students are introduced to the idea of targets, to enable them to exert control over their lives.
  • 9 LEARNING TARGETS Students are taught that they can set targets for themselves, which are meaningful and measurable.
  • 11 TEN STEPS TO SUCCESS Students learn to break down goals into more precise targets.
  • 13 A VISIT TO INDIA This page investigates the value placed on education in Third World countries, where it is seen as the route out of poverty.
  • 15 I WANT TO DO WELL AT SCHOOL Students learn that doing well at school is largely about choice. (This lesson can be revisited throughout the year.)
  • 17 I WANT TO DO WELL IN EXAMS Looking at students' attitudes towards taking exams and helping them to understand the need to start preparing early.
  • 19 HOMEWORK Considering the importance of homework and the need to make time for it.
  • 21 SCHOOL A - SCHOOL B This page investigates the need for everyone (including students) to take responsibility in looking after their school and making it a better place for learning.
  • 23 CLASS A - CLASS B This page teaches that good behaviour and discipline is everybody's responsibility and that having shared aims and values is the best way to achieve the correct learning environment.


  • 25 A VISITOR IN NEW YORK Students learn that lives can go wrong - and that this is often related to wrong choice. They will also see that education is important in avoiding such a scenario.
  • 27 I WANT A JOB Students look at the advantages of having a job and the main points to consider if one is going to get a job. They will also learn what to avoid now, if they are not to spoil their chances of being employed in the future.
  • 29 WORK EXPERIENCE The message from this page is the need to prepare well for work experience and to consider the important aspects of making a good impression and having the right attitude.
  • 31 A SUCCESS STORY Students learn about the agencies and places they can look to for help in finding work or training, both before and after they leave school. This skill can then be applied to other areas of their lives, such as emotional help, buying things, booking holidays, socialising, and so on.
  • 33 PROBLEMS - SOLUTIONS Students look at how to identify a problem and to explore possible solutions.


  • 35 PERSON A - PERSON B This page highlights the fact that everybody has the propensity to be good or bad; that the choices we make affect our future; that everybody can change and make a new start.
  • 37 MISTAKES Students consider the effects of mistakes, with a view to including in their plans - 'To Avoid Mistakes'.
  • 39 I COULD HAVE BEEN SOMEONE Students look at the possible effects on their futures of making the wrong choices when young, but learn that there are still possibilities open to those who wish to make a fresh start.
  • 41 CHARISMA 1 - THE PROBLEM This page helps students to understand the ways in which a person's life can go wrong.
  • 43 CHARISMA 2 - THE SOLUTION Students learn that it is never too late, or things are never so bad, that one cannot make it better. After the determination to succeed, the most crucial move is the making of a PLAN.


  • 45 THIS IS ME! Students look at how they feel about themselves and identify whether or not they are feeling negative or positive.
  • 47 MIRROR, MIRROR... Students consider what they are good at and what they are not so good at. This is only meant to be on a simple level, as there will be opportunities for deeper self-examination in later lessons.
  • 49 I CHOOSE SELF-ESTEEM Students learn about the meaning of self-esteem and about a way of improving their self-esteem.
  • 51 THE CALM MIND This page teaches students that their state of mind affects many aspects of their life and that helpful thoughts and behaviours tend to come from the 'calm mind'.
  • 53 CALM DOWN! This page sets out the benefits of learning how not to overreact and of having a calm mind.
  • 55 WHAT PEOPLE SAY These activities help students to understand the need to have - as part of their plan - a strategy to deal with negative comments and negative people.
  • 57 I WANT TO BE HEALTHY Students are taught how to develop a health plan and why it will benefit them.
  • 59 COMMITMENT This lesson sets out the extra opportunities for development that may be available and how to make a commitment to take advantage of these if they should arise.
  • 61 A MASTER PLAN Students complete a list of statements that will help them to develop a plan to improve themselves in school - socially and personally.


  • 62 1. Brainstorming sheet - starburst shapes.
  • 63 2. Brainstorming sheet - speech bubbles.
  • 64 3. Brainstorming sheet - clouds.
  • 65 4. I'm Okay! (for use with page 49 - and where needed).
  • 66 5. Commitment (for use with page 59 - and where needed).
  • 67 6. It's a Goal (for use with pages 14 and 59 - and where needed).
  • 68 7. Get in! Get on!
  • 69 8. Nice and Nasty (figure outlines for use with page 35, Person A - Person B).
  • 70 9. Introducing Me! (for use with page 45 - and where needed).
  • 71 10. This is Me (for use with page 45 - and where needed).
  • 72 11. What I Get Up To Outside School (for use with page 45 - and where needed).
  • 73 12. Action Plan (for use with pages 47 and 59 - and where needed).
  • 74 13. How Am I Doing? (for use with pages 47 and 59 - and where needed).
  • 75 14. Some things I've really enjoyed this term (for use with page 47 - and where needed).