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Accelerator2022-23

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The Skills Builder Accelerator is our flagship programme for schools and colleges. We work together with you to develop and implement a complete strategy for teaching essential skills in your institution, including training and support, tools and resources - resulting in real impact for your students.
Join a movement and network with other Skills Leaders
Empower students to build and articulate their essential skills
Implement a complete strategy to bring teaching colleagues with you
 
Hear stories from
the Accelerator

Developed with more than 200 leading organisations, the Accelerator is the flagship programme of the Skills Builder Partnership. We work together to develop and implement a complete strategy for teaching skills in your institution. In 2021, the Skills Builder Accelerator included 420 leading schools, colleges, special schools and alternative settings. The programme includes training and support for the Skills Leader, tools and resources for your colleagues, and real impact for your students.

Benefits for you

  • Join a national cohort of Skills Leaders and network across two full days of training
  • Develop your expertise in building essential skills
  • Design a programme with real impact, with support from the Skills Builder team
  • Lead a strategy to transform your institution's approach to preparing every student with the essential skills to succeed

Benefits for your institution

  • Gain the Skills Builder Award as recognition of best practice in essential skills education
  • Demonstrate your investment in students’ wider personal development
  • See tangible progress with data from teacher assessments and student self-assessments
  • Tailor your training sessions to address the needs of your teachers and support staff
  • Embed sustainable strategies to achieve long-lasting change across your institution

The Partnership

The Skills Builder Partnership brings together 800+ education institutions, employers and leading organisations around a common approach to building eight essential skills. Central to our approach is a rigorous progression framework, a set of underlying principles and a complete suite of tools and teaching materials.

The Framework

The Skills Builder Universal Framework is the national standard for teaching essential skills. It breaks each skill into teachable steps, supporting progress for students of all ages and abilities - including those with special educational needs. The Universal Framework was developed with Skills Builder by the Careers and Enterprise Company, Gatsby Foundation, Business in the Community, EY Foundation, the CBI and CIPD.

The Principles

Refined over a decade, the Skills Builder Principles outline best practice in teaching essential skills. The six principles will form the basis of your strategy and your success embedding them will be recognised with the Skills Builder Award.

The Hub

Designed by teachers for teachers, the Skills Builder Hub is the online teaching and impact platform for building essential skills. Aligned to every step of the Framework, there are 300+ Short Lessons and a suite of reinforcing resources including posters, assemblies and passports.

Click on each of the Accelerator elements to learn more.
Scroll right to see the whole journey, then tap on each of the elements to learn more.
AUTUMN TERM
SPRING TERM
SUMMER TERM
Strategic support
Termly 1-hour video call
Skills Leader, Senior Leader and Skills Builder associate
Develop your bespoke strategy and set goals to achieve the Skills Builder award
Learn more at our regular webinars
Strategy Meeting 1
Apply learning from Skills Leader Training Day 1 and outline what success looks like with tangible goals
Learn more at our regular webinars
Strategy Meeting 2
Celebrate successes, explore your data and review your programme goals
Learn more at our regular webinars
Strategy Meeting 3
Reflect on your year, make plans for the future and achieve your Skills Builder award
Learn more at our regular webinars
Skills Leader training
Day of live training and networking
Skills Leader and any project leads
Learn from fellow Skills Leaders and share best practice
Learn more at our regular webinars
Skills Leader Training Day 1
Explore the basics of the Skills Builder approach and network with your fellow Skills Leaders
Learn more at our regular webinars
Skills Leader Training Day 2
Capitalise on the Skills Leader network to develop change management strategies and share best practice
Learn more at our regular webinars
Teacher training
Twilight or daytime, provided by Skills Builder and booked by you
Teachers and/or support staff
Equip your teachers with the tools and confidence to build skills into their practise
Learn more at our regular webinars
Teacher Training Session 1
Implement your strategy by training a group of your teachers on how to use the Skills Builder approach with their students
Learn more at our regular webinars
Teacher Training Session 2
Address your strategic goals with a bespoke training session that will add maximum impact to your programme
Learn more at our regular webinars
Ongoing support
Exclusive webinars
Termly, invites by email
Skills Leader and teachers
Explore latest research and discussion topics from SEND to Careers to life outcomes.
Online training modules
Bitesize modules on each Skills Builder Principle
Skills Leader and teachers
Become an expert in essential skills and invest in professional development
Learn more at our regular webinars
Premium elements
(not covered by funding)
Virtual trips
An opportunity for students to discover a business, meet employees and solve a challenge
Learn more at our regular webinars
Online tools and teaching resources
Online resource and impact platform
Teachers
Reflect on your class’s essential skills and find the right resources to teach them
Online self-assessment tool
KS3+ students and teachers
Give students the tools and language to recognise and articulate their skillset
Learn more at our regular webinars
For those making a commitment to high-quality essential skills education.
  • Started embedding the Skills Builder Principles
  • Some teachers will be using a common language for essential skills
  • Plans for further development will be in place
For those building on their commitment to high-quality essential skills education.
  • Made good progress towards embedding the Skills Builder Principles
  • Majority of teachers will be using a common language for essential skills
  • Policies and procedures will have begun to reflect the approach
For those modelling best practice in high-quality essential skills education.
  • Fully embedded the Skills Builder Principles
  • All teachers will be confident educators of essential skills
  • Essential skills education will be fully integrated into daily practice

What is the Award?

  • The Skills Builder Award recognises high-quality essential skills education at a Bronze, Silver or Gold standard.
  • The Award is achieved by schools and colleges who demonstrate best practice by embedding the Skills Builder Principles.
  • Your Award will last 3 years and you will receive a kitemark and certificate.

How do I achieve it?

  • In your first strategy meeting, you and your Education Associate will discuss your priorities and internal structures, and map out a plan for the year to achieve the Award you want to work towards.
  • Together, we will agree goals and actions that are aligned to your personalised strategy.
  • Over the year, we will work together to gather evidence and fine-tune your strategic plans.
  • In summer term, after your final strategy meeting, you will hopefully achieve a Bronze, Silver or Gold Skills Builder Award.
Visit the Case Studies Showcase to see stories from schools and colleges across the country...
Visit the Case Studies Showcase to see stories from schools and colleges across the country...
How do I apply?

It takes about fifteen minutes to complete an online application form. In your application, you will be asked to outline how you think the Accelerator will benefit you, your colleagues, your institution and, importantly, the students you work with.

We review applications after each deadline. You will be contacted via email within one week of the application deadline on the outcome of your application.

Can I speak to someone about the programme?

We are running free information webinars where you can learn more, preview resources and ask questions to our team. Pick the best date/time for you here. Alternatively you can email us at accelerator@skillsbuilder.org and we will get back to you.

Who can apply for the Accelerator?

Any school, college or specialist education setting can apply for the Accelerator. There are a limited number of programme places in the UK and a limited number of programme places outside the UK too. If you are outside the UK, please go to the Global Accelerator pages (coming very soon).

How much does the Accelerator cost?

The Accelerator core elements cost £1900 per institution per year. There are funded options for eligible schools and colleges. Please see below for eligibility. Premium elements have additional, associated costs for all.

Who is eligible for funding?

We fundraise through our employer partners, who want to directly support you to complete the Accelerator. Funding is restricted to state-maintained (and non-fee paying) schools, colleges and specialist educational settings. Schools and colleges who are on the Accelerator in 2021-22 are not eligible for a funded place in 2022-23.  Funding is limited: there are around 400 funded programme places in the UK and a further 50 for schools and colleges outside of the UK on the Global Accelerator. We anticipate that in some areas all programme places and associated funding will be allocated before the final deadline. You are encouraged to apply early for the best chance of success. Check your funding eligibility here.

What happens if my application for funding is unsuccessful, do I have to pay?

No. If your application is unsuccessful it will be for one of two reasons. Either all the programme places have been filled or your application did not quite meet the threshold. If all the places are full, you may be placed on a waiting list and we will let you know if this is the case. Alternatively, if there are still programme places available but your application did not quite address the criteria we were looking for, then you will be invited to reapply in the next round.

What makes a successful application?

We can only work with the most committed schools and colleges. In your application, you will need to demonstrate your commitment to impact with the Accelerator. You will be asked to outline how you think the Accelerator will benefit you, your colleagues, your institution and the students you work with.

When do applications close?

There are three application rounds, opening on Monday 28th February 2022. Round 1 deadline is Friday 1st April, Round 2 deadline is Friday 27th May and Round 3 deadline is Friday 8th July. We anticipate that in some areas all programme places and associated funding will be allocated before the final deadline, so you are encouraged to apply early for the best chance of success.

I am not based in the UK, can I apply for the Accelerator?

Yes. We have a growing number of schools and colleges across the world using the Skills Builder approach. All training and materials will be provided in English. The same funding eligibility criteria apply for schools and colleges anywhere in the world. Information about the Global Accelerator is coming very soon.

I work at an independent or fee paying school/college, can I apply for the Accelerator?

Yes! Any school, college or specialist education setting can apply for the Accelerator. If your school or college does not meet the eligibility criteria for funding, you can still apply and self-fund your programme. Alternatively, you may prefer to purchase Digital Membership.

Round 1 deadline
1st April 2022
Round 2 deadline
27th May 2022
Round 3 deadline
8th July 2022

You can find out more about the Accelerator before applying in a few ways:

1
Register your interest
Stay informed with the latest updates on funded places in your area - click here
2
Come to a webinar
Find out more, preview resources and ask your questions about the Accelerator - click here
3
Send us an email
Still have questions? Email us at accelerator@skillsbuilder.org

We look forward to receiving your application.