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A great boost for Skills Builder in the new school year

Hello! It's now been five months since we launched the Skills Builder Partnership, and we're excited to get stuck into a new academic year. Last week, we were thrilled that the Fair Education Alliance has officially recommended the Skills Builder Framework be adopted by schools and practitioners around the country. We're also delighted to be a finalist for Education Social Enterprise of the Year in the Social Enterprise UK awards.

Over the summer, we've been working hard to make our resources and systems for schools even better. We've added a whole set of new videos and tools to the Skills Builder Hub. We're expanding relationships with our fantastic employer partners, hosting brand new trips in Bristol, Leeds and London. Plus, we've seen new skills-building organisations start to integrate the Skills Builder Framework into their work.

And there's plenty more coming, as the Partnership and the momentum behind it keeps building. Check out all the latest below - and thanks, as ever, for all your support.

Fair Education Alliance officially recommends wide adoption of Skills Builder Framework

We're a proud founding member of the Fair Education Alliance, a coalition of over 100 organisations working together across sectors to end educational inequality, monitoring the gap between the most disadvantaged children and their wealthier peers, and using our collective voice and resources to effect lasting change.

Every year, the FEA publishes their Annual Report Card, where they assess the state of education inequality and make recommendations for the next year. We're very pleased that they are calling for a shared language and framework for skills development, and supporting the rollout of Skills Builder Framework to be adopted by schools and practitioners across the country. We need a radical shift in the rigour with which we build essential skills to put them on a par with literacy and numeracy, and forming part of the FEA's official recommendations is an important step on the journey.

Read the FEA's 2018 Annual Report Card

Outstanding teacher? Come work with us!

We're looking for a brilliant teacher to join us as an Education Associate, based out of Yorkshire. If you want to transform the way schools teach essential skills like Teamwork and Creativity, or know someone who does, then we want to hear from you! You'll get to be part of a hugely motivated and dynamic team, and get the chance to inspire students, pass your knowledge to teachers and present to school leaders. The deadline is 9am on Wednesday 10th October.

Learn more and apply here

Schools update

It's great to be starting a new school year: As well as having new schools join the Partnership across the country, we've been hard at work making our projects and training for schools even better, preparing students for the huge variety of opportunities available to them in today's modern world. Check out one of our most recent articles in Academy Today, where we talk about our plan to transform essential skills education in partnership with schools around the country and beyond.

Read our plan to transform essential skills education

Teachers update

We're constantly developing new tools and resources for teachers on the Skills Builder Hub. So we're delighted to announce that we've added a full range of resources for learners of all ages, including a set of our punchy video activities for primary-age learners at Steps 1 to 15. They require no preparation, and are perfect for building essential skills during tutor time! Every day our impact grows as new teachers join the Partnership. We now have teachers using the Skills Builder approach around the world - hailing from countries as diverse as Colombia, Ghana and Slovakia! Join them for free by clicking below.

Check out our brand-new videos and resources FREE

Employers update

In this new school year we're working with new employers including John Lewis and Hammerson in Leeds, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, ISG in Bristol and Bloomberg in London. They join more than 130 existing partners. Students from schools will be working alongside professionals for a day, getting crucial insight into the world of work as well as using the essential skills they're developing back at school. Last term international law firm Addleshaw Goddard hosted students to their offices in London, Manchester and Leeds all on one day!

Check out our brand-new videos and resources FREE

Organisations update

In this new school year we're working with new employers including John Lewis and Hammerson in Leeds, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, ISG in Bristol and Bloomberg in London. They join more than 130 existing partners. Students from schools will be working alongside professionals for a day, getting crucial insight into the world of work as well as using the essential skills they're developing back at school. Last term international law firm Addleshaw Goddard hosted students to their offices in London, Manchester and Leeds all on one day!

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We're at the Future Talent LIVE Conference

We’re delighted to be a foundation partner at the first Future Talent LIVE conference on October 4th in London. Tom will be talking as part of a packed day at the Royal Geographical Society in West London. Join careers leaders, headteachers and business leaders at and get the inspiration you need to help deliver the careers strategy our future talent needs.

Attend for free

We've been shortlisted for a 2018 Social Enterprise UK Award!

Finally, we're thrilled to have been shortlisted for Education, Training and Jobs Social Enterprise of the Year 2018 by Social Enterprise UK! Huge thanks to all our team for their hard work, as well as to all of our partners for their continued, invaluable support. We're very much looking forward to the celebration in November of all the fantastic work of the other nominees.

See the rest of the shortlist

We're deeply grateful for all your support so far. Working together is by far the best way to effect real change - so please do continue to spread the word about the Skills Builder Partnership.


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