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Join a movement of educators
building essential skills
Apply for funding
Available to state-maintained schools and colleges in England

Lead the change

Implement a complete strategy for teaching essential skills

Join a movement

Network with educators across the country to share best practice

Help them succeed

Empower students to develop and be articulate about essential skills
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The essential skills your students need to succeed.

The Skills Builder Accelerator is an innovative programme for embedding high-quality essential skills teaching. The approach is backed by more than 200 leading organisations and already used in over 550 schools and colleges.

Together, we’ll develop a complete implementation strategy, train your staff and equip everyone with the tools and resources they need to build essential skills effectively.

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The Skills Builder approach

The Skills Builder Partnership brings together educators and employers to support every child and young person to build their essential skills.

schools and colleges
organisations and employers

Transform essential skills

The Skills Builder Universal Framework provides the national standard for teaching essential skills. It breaks each skill into steps, supporting progress for students of all ages and abilities - including those with special educational needs.

Achieve long-lasting change

Refined over a decade, the Skills Builder Principles underpin a rigorous approach to building essential skills and will form the basis of your strategy. Your success embedding these Principles will be recognised with a Skills Builder Award.

The Skills Builder Journey

See how the Accelerator works across the year

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Programme elements

Discover the elements that make up the Accelerator.

Strategy meeting

Develop your strategic approach to teaching essential skills, with dedicated support from us.
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Teacher training
Become an expert and empower colleagues to build essential skills teaching into their daily practice.
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The Skills Builder Hub

Access the resources resources for building your learners skills and see the impact online.
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An opportunity to learn and apply three new essential skills through project based learning.
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Challenge Days
An exciting and engaging way for to apply essential skills to a real-world challenge.
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Trips to Employers
A chance to explore the how essential skills are applied in the working world.
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The Skills Builder Award

The Skills Builder Award recognises high-quality essential skills education. It can be achieved by schools and colleges who demonstrate embedding best practice through the Skills Builder Principles.

For those making a commitment to high-quality essential skills education.
  • Started embedding the Skills Builder Principles
  • Some teachers will be using a common language for essential skills
  • Plans for further development will be in place
For those building on their commitment to high-quality essential skills education.
  • Made good progress towards embedding the Skills Builder Principles
  • Majority of teachers will be using a common language for essential skills
  • Policies and procedures will have begun to reflect the approach
For those modelling best practice in high-quality essential skills education.
  • Fully embedded the Skills Builder Principles
  • All teachers will be confident educators of essential skills
  • Essential skills education will be fully integrated into daily practice

Success stories

Discover the incredible work Skills Leaders have done to build essential skills in their school or college.

William Tyndale Primary School
Hornsey School for Girls (Secondary)
Oak Grove College (SEN)

Register your interest

Request a pre-application call by emailing accelerator@skillsbuilder.org

Discuss your programme

Arrange a call with us to discuss whether the Accelerator is a good fit with your priorities

Submit your application

Tell us what excites you about becoming a Skills Leader and implementing the Accelerator

Hear back from us

We will notify you within a week of your deadline on the outcome of your application

Apply for the Accelerator

Every year, we fundraise to directly support a select group of the most committed schools and colleges across the country, via the Skills Builder Accelerator.

You may have the opportunity to apply for funding to cover the full cost of the core programme elements in 2020-21. Funding is restricted to state-maintained schools and colleges in England who aren’t already working with us. The funding is limited and allocated in three rounds. Schools and colleges who are not eligible for funding are able to self-fund their participation and should contact us for details.

We anticipate that in some regions all programme places and associated funding will be allocated before the final deadline, so you are encouraged to apply early for the best chance of success.

Register your interest

Round 1 deadline
Friday 24th April 2020

Round 2 deadline
Friday 29th May 2020

Round 3 deadline
Friday 26th June 2020