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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

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.

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Training & Support Sessions

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

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Teaching Resources

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

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Online Assessment Tools

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

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Then increase the impact
with additional elements

Develop a comprehensive approach to building skills with access to our complete range of in-school student experiences, meaningful encounters with employers 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.

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+ £450
per session

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.

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+ £750
to support up to 10 classes

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.

GATSBY BENCHMARKS 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

+ £10 per place,
min. 20 students

See how other secondary schools
build essential skills

Hornsey School for Girls
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Immanuel College
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Haringey Sixth Form College
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Queen's Park High School
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Reach Academy Feltham
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Caister Academy
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