Ryhill J, I & N School has about 250 pupils from age 3 - 11. We are a one form entry school with a 56 place nursery. Last year we developed our new curriculum and put Skills Builder at the heart of it. Here at Ryhill we feel that it has never been more important to build a set of essential skills to succeed in life for our children and young people; the ability to creatively solve problems, to self-manage, to communicate effectively, and to work well with others. These are skills that are needed to do almost anything well. The need for these skills is clear, but there was still a gap - too many of our children were not building these skills to the level needed to ensure they do not miss out on opportunities to thrive in other parts of their lives. We began teaching the eight essential skills from Skills Builder.
The Accelerator programme has given us the guidance we needed to achieve our aims of: providing a clear skills based curriculum to facilitate the wider skill set of our pupils; to engage with employers in order to give our pupils ambition for their future and to increase standards in the basic skills of reading, writing and maths The Skills Builder programme is at the heart of everything that we do at Ryhill and the essential skills are taught and applied through our curriculum. It is helping to raise the aspirations of our children and equipping them with the skills that they need for their future lives.
We feel that skills builder has had such a positive impact on our children that we want to continue to look for further ways to embed it into our curriculum and keep the momentum going. We feel that the support we have received over the last few years from our Education Associate from Skills Builder has been so valuable that we would once again like to continue with the Accelerator programme and maybe look for further ways to engage parents and the wider community.