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The eight essential skills

Ensure your primary learners join the
200,000+ building essential skills.

Children and young people need to be proficient in the eight essential skills in order to thrive at every level - from the classroom, to the lecture hall, to the boardroom.

Students need to be equipped with the essential skills to succeed - and to truly equip children for the future, we must start building these skills from the very start of school, and keep going throughout.

Free advice toolkit

We've created a toolkit for school leaders that offers advice for embedding the essential skills, the Framework and the principles into your everyday curriculum.

Why Skills Builder?

The Framework has had a massive impact on what happens in the classroom. The skills have directly fallen into our everyday life in school, children are now able to solve conflict by talking about it.

Rosie Hancock -
Year 5/6 Teacher, Morecambe Bay Community Primary

These skills are the skills that simply aren’t covered in the primary curriculum. Having embedded them in our school, at the end of the summer term I will tell the leaving Year 6 students how confident I am that they are ready for the next stage in their learning journey and I’ll mean it.

Arjinder Sunner –
Headteacher, Dairy Meadow Primary School

Start building skills with a membership

Becoming a Member School allows you to benefit from the Skills Builder Framework and simple activities to support building essential skills.

Training and support

Our team of outstanding qualified teachers help your staff to build their confidence in teaching essential skills and supporting their students’ progress.

Classroom resources

We provide a wide range of resources to help your learners build essential skills, including posters, certificates and a series of short video-based activities.

Assessment tool

Our easy-to-use web tool helps teaching staff assess the students they work with quickly and effectively, allowing them to view their data clearly and decide next steps.

£500,
although funded memberships may be available

Join the partnership and transform skills

Becoming a Partner School means getting access to our complete range of projects, events and resources, working closely with our team of teachers to develop a comprehensive approach to building skills.

Training and support

Our team of outstanding qualified teachers help your staff to build their confidence in teaching essential skills and supporting students’ progress. We will work closely to integrate skills education into your curriculum.

Classroom projects and resources

Classroom projects bring learning to life and let students develop and apply new essential skills, while our punchy 10-minute videos are perfect for tutor time. We also provide a wide range of printable resources.

Challenge Days

Challenge Days provide an exciting and engaging way for students across a class, a year group or even the whole school to work together and use their essential skills in a real-life context.

Trips to Employers

Trips help students make the critical link between the skills built in class and the working world. They meet volunteers from a range of organisations and work together to get a flavour of the industry.

Assessment tool

The Skills Builder Framework breaks each skill down into teachable and learnable chunks; our easy-to-use web tool helps teaching staff to assess their students quickly and view their data clearly, giving evidence of progress.

Price varies with options

See how other primary schools
build essential skills

Morecambe Bay C.P. School, UK
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Sohar International School, Oman
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Littledown Special School, UK
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Shaftesbury Park Primary School, UK
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