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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

Benefit from the Skills Builder Framework, Principles, training and online resources to teach essential skills.

£900 per school per year
with some fully-funded opportunities available

Goal Planning Conversation

Reflect on school priorities and existing provision to create goals for your programme.

Training & Support Sessions

Build confidence of all teaching staff with two 1-hour sessions delivered in-school by our outstanding teachers.

Teaching Resources

Explicitly teach skills with short video activities and use posters, certificates & passports to support progress.

Online Assessment Tools

Quickly and effectively assess your students’ progress, view data clearly and decide your next steps.

Then increase the impact
with additional elements

Develop a comprehensive approach to building skills with access to our complete range of in-school project resources, out-of-school experiences for students and further support for teachers.

Priced at cost

Further Training & Support

Additional training to develop specific skills, work with targeted groups, support school goals and integrate skills into your curriculum.

+ £450
per session

Classroom Projects

Multi-session projects to explicitly teach specific steps of new skills and explore a big question through project-based learning.

+ £50 each
+ £500
for all

Challenge Days

An engaging opportunity for students to apply existing skills to a new context in school with support from our teachers on the day.

+ £750
depending on support required

Trips to Employers

Trips help students make the link between the skills built in school and the working world, while they work alongside employee volunteers.

See how other primary schools
build essential skills

Curwen Primary School
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SS John and Monica Primary
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Cookham Rise Primary
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Morecambe Bay C.P. School
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Shaftesbury Park Primary School
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