Skills Builder

Over the last few years, we have been delighted to be involved with the Skills Builder Partnership, running the skills builder leadership programme as a vital part of our teaching and learning. We believe that it is essential that all children learn how to use the eight essential skills of Speaking, Listening, Problem Solving, Creativity, Staying Positive, Aiming High, Leadership and Teamwork.

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As the curriculum document below shows, we strongly believe that these life skills are as important as the subjects within the National Curriculum so that every child has opportunities to develop them for use throughout their whole life. 

These are skills that are needed to do almost
anything well. The need for these skills is clear, but
there is still a gap – too many children and young
people do not build these skills to the level they
need, and so miss out on opportunities to thrive in
other parts of their lives”. (Skills Builder Partnership) 

The framework has been formed through collaboration between business and education. Indeed, it is being used by companies to inform employee performance Management. 

Here in school, children learn and practise the eight skills through taught lessons and opportunities to practise in other areas of the curriculum during the day. There are also specific project days where a skill is specifically the focus. 

Through using the framework, children will

Understand their existing skills: Reflecting on where their essential skills currently are, and being able to identify any gaps they might have.

See what progress looks like: Being able to see what the next steps are to improve their essential skills further

Join the dots: Using a consistent language and understanding of essential skills to
understand how they are used and practiced in lots of different settings

Capturing success: Seeing progress and be better at articulating their skills.

Last year, (202021) we achieved a bronze award for our work although Covid prevented a higher award being achieved. This year, (202122) we are aiming to achieve the Gold award and are on the way to doing so. As ever though, it is not achieving the award that is important. It is the process of ensuring that our children receive the best standard of provision possible. 

Here is a link to the Skills Builder Framework: skills Builder