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The essential skills are being embedded in a range of mainstream and specialist settings to ensure skill development is inclusive and accessible for all learners, including those with additional needs.
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The Skills Builder
Expanded Universal Framework

This free toolkit comes with the Expanded Framework, which breaks progression down, by placing three simple Stepping Stones between Steps to give more extensive scaffolding.

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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.

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I have used Projects as a tool to hang lessons on. It has been enjoyable and has helped my SEN young adults address Staying Positive in a useful way.

Skills Leader working in Inclusion in Woking

See how other schools are building essential skills to support their learners in an inclusive way

Chadsgrove School

Chadsgrove School

Birmingham, UK

Chadsgrove is a Special School in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire which caters for pupils aged 2–19 years whose Special Educational Needs arise from their physical disability or a complex health need.  The school’s aims, values and ethos are built firmly on mutual respect and enabling everyone to develop as an individual, and they offer a rich and engaging curriculum which focuses on creativity and first-hand experience both inside and outside the classroom.

"The Framework will continue to be an integral part of preparing our pupils for transition into adulthood."
Emma Nolan, Skills Leader

Preparing for adulthood

Chadsgrove initially introduced the Framework to post-16 learners during their ‘Preparation for Adulthood Transition’ lessons. Having identified focus skills, teachers introduced learners to the language and what this looks like in different contexts.

Developing independence

The school recognised the role of the framework in developing learners’ independence. Students recognise their feelings when something goes wrong and name them with specific terminology that is used in the Framework, opening up dialogue.

Tracking progress

Keeping track of learners’ progress allows staff to record successes as well as identifying further areas for development.  Each teacher completes an assessment and uses the Framework so lessons continue to focus on the most relevant skills for their learners.

Elmwood & Penrose Federation

Elmwood & Penrose Federation

Bridgwater, UK

The Elmwood & Penrose Federation provides 3 phases of education to pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities.  The Federation is made up of Penrose (primary), Elmwood (secondary) and The Jean Rees Centre (Elmwood School sixth form).

"Students are more familiar with identifying these skills and it has supported students with self-assessment. Work experience targets are also set for each student and the Skills Builder framework is used to ensure they are purposeful."
Ryan Parker-Binns, Middle Leader for 6th Form and Careers Lead at The Jean Rees Centre

Supporting the curriculum

The Framework is embedded within the careers programme for the federation; each of the elements of the careers framework has been linked to one of the essential skills. The curriculum is mapped over three years and each term focuses on two skills, allowing students to focus.

Consistent language

They have focused on language, introducing students to the skills so that they fully understand what they mean.  Displays and other visuals has been key in developing a common language. Using them on a daily basis means students take ownership of their own progress.

Tracking progress

Essential skills are embedded in key documents used daily to track learning. These have allowed staff to track progress over time and students are more familiar with the skills, supporting self-assessment.  Work experience targets are also set for each student and the Framework is used to ensure they are purposeful.