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The eight essential skills

Ensure your secondary 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?

These skills set our students apart and are the skills they can evidence at interview beyond the academic. For many of our students, this is the way to open doors for them, and let them see beyond their own context.

Lyndsay Watterson -
Headteacher, Queen’s Park High School

I have been able to see a totally different side to some students today and it has really surprised me – kids who have never spoken up in class stood at the front to present their ideas to the room.

Teacher –
Year 8, Caister Academy

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

Our punchy 10-minute video activities are perfect for tutor time. We also provide a wide range of printable resources to help your learners build essential skills.

Assessment tool

Our easy-to-use web tool helps teaching staff assess the students quickly and effectively, and view their data clearly. We also have student self- and peer-assessment tools.

£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, supporting the careers plan.

Price varies with options

See how other secondary schools
build essential skills

Queen's Park High School, UK
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Sohar International School, Oman
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Reach Academy Feltham, UK
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Caister Academy, UK
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