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Unlock learning for your primary students

Children who are able to master the essential skills can make the most of their time in school, and thrive in their wider lives. Working with the Skills Builder Partnership can support every child to build those skills as a core part of their learning.
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Educators Toolkit

This free toolkit shares the Skills Builder Universal Framework, which breaks each essential skill down into teachable, learnable steps.
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It's no longer something we do. It's part of who we are.

Skills Leader at primary level in Birmingham

Join a movement around essential skills

We're bringing educators, employer and impact organisations together to support everyone to build the essential skills for success.

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.

We saw how achievable it was to teach these skills in our everyday teaching, how accessible the resources were...

Skills Leader at primary level in Manchester

Three ways to join the Skills Builder Partnership

Individual teacher
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Start building skills for free with your own group of students
Create your free account on the Skills Builder Hub
Access 300+ Short Lessons and a suite of supporting resources
Add and assess multiple groups, and see impact over time
Digital Membership
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Unlock Premium Resources to inspire students across multiple cohorts
Access Challenge Days and extended Projects via the Skills Builder Hub
Add and manage multiple teachers and their classes
Download assessment data and track progress over time
Accelerator Programme
FULL FOR 2020 - 21
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Embed a strategic approach with support on our flagship programme
Join a national network of 400+ Skills Leaders
Work closely with our team of teachers on strategy and training
Achieve the Skills Builder Award for high quality provision

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The new Ofsted handbook focuses on the development of skills and knowledge. Having a structured and assessed approach that tracks pupil progress is very good evidence for the staff, parents and external monitoring.

Skills Leader at primary level in Hertfordshire

See how other Primary schools are building essential skills

Windy Arbor Primary School

Windy Arbor Primary School

Primary School
Birmingham, UK

Windy Arbor has fully embraced the Skills Builder approach, embedding skills education from Nursery to Year 6. They're making further plans enhance their provision over the coming years.

Skills displays

To raise awareness, displays feature across the school. Children take ownership of the displays and use them to track progress. Early Years have trialled using stickers to celebrate skill use. There is a focus skill every fortnight, also displayed.

Inclusive approach

The school has embedded skills education from Nursery to Year 6. They also have an Autism Resource Centre, which works with essential skills. Younger students are introduced to the language and learning is scaffolded through modelling and practise.

Engaging experiences

Students get involved with rich project-based learning, all framed by essential skills. A recent project involved designing a library on a bus! Students were encouraged to use Creativity skills at their step level to create their ‘Dream Space’.

William Tyndale Primary School

William Tyndale Primary School

Primary School
London, UK

William Tyndale Primary School has been working with us since 2013 to pioneer a deeply integrated, long-term approach to essential skills education. Six years later, it’s the platform for all parts of the curriculum.

"We’re supported by a strong team of education professionals who understand how schools work… The programme is easy to follow, easy to implement, and, most importantly, easy to make sustainable."
Tanya Watson, Headteacher

All-ages approach

It’s crucial to start young, so the school has structured a whole-school programme so that all students - from Nursery to Year 6 - develop the eight skills explicitly and measure progress year on year. This means that all students can articulate their strengths and focus tightly on what they need to learn.

Integrated curriculum

The school has built the approach into various aspects of school life, making sure students see the relevance of essential skills across the curriculum. For example, the skills are incorporated into debating and oracy, and are referenced regularly in assemblies.

Engaging experiences

The programme includes a range of experiences to bring skills to life, including Challenge Days, Trips to Employers and Projects. The school has even created its own classroom projects and developed connections with local employers as a way to further build and contextualise essential skills.


Ensure accessible skill development for all your learners

The Skills Builder Expanded Framework provides further scaffolding to make building essential skills accessible for all learners, including those with additional needs.
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