Topical Talk is a school current affairs discussion programme, giving young people the skills to think and speak for themselves about current affairs. 9-14-year-olds learn to listen, be creative, solve problems and speak effectively about real-world matters, from inequality to climate change.
It provides training and news-based teaching resources, allowing teachers to facilitate inspiring current-affairs discussions in the classroom. It also provides an online platform for pupils, where they can join topical discussions with peers all over the world and leading topic experts.
Skills Builder Hub is an assessment & resource platform for building students' essential skills.
The Skills Builder Accelerator is our flagship programme for UK schools and colleges. Our team of expert teachers work with your school or college to embed best practices to build essential skills. This includes supporting a Skills Leader, training your teachers, and providing access to top quality teaching and assessment materials, as well as a network.
The Global Accelerator is our flagship programme for schools and colleges across the world. Our team of expert teachers work with your school or college to embed best practices to build essential skills. This includes supporting a Skills Leader, training teachers, and providing access to top quality teaching and assessment materials, as well as a network.
Skills Builder Launchpad is an online resource platform for individuals aged 14+ to build their own essential skills. The platform can support with specific development needs or guide individuals through a choice of courses based on the essential skills. Each course contains interactive modules to build every step of the Universal Framework. Each module is structured in 3 simple steps: identifying key concepts, practising the skill step and articulating understanding and application of the skill step through independent reflection, written reflection or discussion with a peer or mentor.
Digital Membership is a Skills Builder programme for schools and colleges which includes impact measurement and teaching tools for the eight essential skills. Through Digital Membership schools and colleges can embed a comprehensive approach to skills development across their setting and access premium resources.
Every Digital Membership includes:
In addition to everything above schools and colleges can choose resources for:
On Skills Builder Benchmark, learners can benchmark their own skills against the Skills Builder framework and download personalised skill reports. Staff can add and manage groups, set assessment periods and download data reports to support learners to build their essential skills.
Envision is a U.K. based charity that exists to build confidence and develop employability skills in young people, using social action as a vehicle to get them engaged in issues that affect their local community.
We work with schools with non-selective state schools in Birmingham, Bristol, and London to support underrepresented young people develop essential skills to access education, employment, and training.
We do this through our structured active citizenship programmes, that are designed to develop teamwork, communication, creativity, and determination in Key Stage 4 and 5 pupils, and build their self-efficacy and social confidence.
Essential skills through hobbies is a student internship programme where students (age 13- 18 years) join us to learn skills, practise and apply them. We integrate essential skills in hobbies so that learners have opportunities to develop them through their hobbies which they have a natural inclination towards and apply them to solve problems around them. This programme is designed to expose students to hobbies like photography, doodle art, videography and blogging. Children and youth who are engaged in the program create, experiment, question, conduct research and self evaluate their work. The program’s curriculum is problem-centred: the problem statements for each week have a progression and are aligned to the UNSDGs. Along with the problem, students are introduced to one step of the skill each week. They work on building a solution to the problem given using the steps of the skill learnt each week and represent them through their hobby. As there is a progression in the steps, each week students apply the previous week’s step learnt. Once the student submits his/her artefact (solutions), they self evaluate to reflect upon their approaches and improvise. Detailed feedback by the team is also shared. The week is designed to follow the Teach-Practise-Reinforce-Assess flow.
Get Creative with Data is a pioneering KS3 computing syllabus which uses hands-on activities and project based learning to introduce young people to data science. The syllabus covers a range of engaging topics- machine learning and AI, practical data science skills, STEM careers and many more- as well as supporting pupils to build essential skills for successful futures.
Skill Solutions is a careers insight day for secondary schools, designed in partnership with Skill Builder and run by volunteers from the Adecco Group.
Pupils will take on the role of Recruitment Consultants, practising their Teamwork, Problem Solving and Listening skills.
Volunteers will also share their experience of how the essential skills are used in the workplace, bringing a broad range of careers to life.
Skill Solutions forms part of the Think Bright outreach programme. To find out more about how your school can be involved, contact email@example.com
Created in collaboration with the Harlequins Foundation and a team of sports experts, the Coaching Handbook is a comprehensive guide to delivering skills-based sports activities in your existing programmes.
Choose a skill step and follow the two-page guide for teaching it, practising it, reinforcing it and assessing it.
The Coaching Handbook gathers best practice from a range of sports experts and is a brilliant starting point for targeted skills practice in physical activity settings.
The assessment section and reflection questions allow learners to reflect on their progress through guided questioning, coach observation and discussion.
To quantify learners' progress and impact digitally, the Coaching Handbook can be complemented by the Skills Builder Hub for group assessment or Skills Builder Benchmark for individual self assessment online.
Ark is an education charity that exists to make sure all children, regardless of their background, have access to a great education and real choices in life. There are 38 Ark schools across the UK including 13 who have Sixth Forms.
Professional Pathways is a sixth form programme offered exclusively at Ark Schools. Professional Pathways students complete a Level 3 BTEC qualification (equivalent to A levels). The course also includes a bespoke wrap around curriculum to ensure students develop the skills they need to succeed at school, at university or in an apprenticeship and throughout their careers. This support includes weekly lessons and twice yearly events. The curriculum is aligned to the Skills Builder framework.
Evaluation of the programme shows that Professional Pathways students rate their skills more highly than their peers. A full report into the Professional Pathways programme will be made available soon.
Morrisby Careers and Tracker combine to be a whole school careers management platform for ages 11+
Morrisby Tracker has been developed to help schools record and evidence their wider provision, which is so important to student development. These can be careers related activities, but equally can be used to record extracurricular or enrichment activities. Activities are created using an easy-to-use wizard and the system comes with a library of ready-made careers lessons.
Students can log their own activities, include skills they have acquired, while including evidence which can be easily audited by teachers. This is combined with other activity and the action plan to create the Learner passport - a comprehensive record of skills.
An ‘activity’ can be categorised against multiple Gatsby Benchmark and SkillsBuilder steps. It can also include additional resources such as lesson plans, worksheets, class presentations and Morrisby ‘Forms’. This gives structure to plan out your lesson or activity, as well as make it richer and more engaging for students
For each activity you can decide if you want to capture feedback. This is done via a feedback form, sent by both alert and email, and is the ideal way to evidence the quality of your provision, as well as informing continuous improvement and capturing ‘student voice’.
Children’s University is a charity that works in partnership with schools to develop a love of learning in children. We do this by encouraging and celebrating participation in extra-curricular activities in and outside of school. The impact of this is proven to be positive and we are committed to creating a level playing field and opening up access to all children. We have a new digital platform that provides actionable data to understand what type of learning is being done and allows for the categorisation of the learning opportunities and skills developed.
Skills Builder Benchmark is an online essential skills self-reflection tool for anyone
Start is a digital careers platform with the information, advice and tools to help students to explore and plan for their future.
We have added the Skills Builder framework into Start to help direct students to the most relevant Skills Builder content and for them to capture their progress against the steps in each of the skills within the framework.
Great Minds Together have created a new vocational route to further education or employment for pre and post 16 students with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and/or Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) needs to ensure better outcomes and a more achievable route to Apprenticeships and Traineeships. The Tradership will act as an alternative to GCSEs as an 'Access' course to further vocational education routes. This route to further education and work-based learning will be able to support these students nationwide.
The Tradership is made up of three components:
1- CPD certifications in personal and professional development as well as CPD certifications in the young person's chosen industry reflective of their aspiration.
2- Growth Mindset mentor programme ensuring a positive mindset and increased engagement, attainment and self-esteem.
3- Work-based learning, assistance with careers advice and building links with local a relevant workplaces to allow the young person to gain relevant experience in their chosen industry.
Our Tradership is for pre & post 16 year olds, where the academic route may not be right for them. It provides emotional and practical support that is critical for students with SEND and/or SEMH needs. Students that do not have an EHC Plan, but are on the schools SEN register can also benefit from this support.
Aspire Higher is a consortium of the Uni Connect Project funded by the Office for Students. Our objective is to offer impartial support to secondary school students (Years 9-13), from areas defined by postcode, in making better informed decisions about their next steps into higher education whatever that may be - college, apprenticeship or university.
Our Sports Project is just one example of an outreach programme. Throughout the project, students learn about different case studies from those who have studied sports based courses, consider nutrition and look into physiology. Throughout the Project, we have embedded the Skills Builder essential skills at various points to add allow students the opportunity to understand and develop these skills whilst adding value to our project overall.