To achieve Step 2, individuals will be able to work with care and attention to detail.
In earlier steps, individuals considered how they knew when they were finding something too difficult, and when they were doing something well. In this step, the focus shifts to how to work well, starting with how to take care and pay attention to detail.
The building blocks of this step are learning:
Working carefully is an essential part of doing a good job. It is the only way of ensuring that we do a task as well as we can and that we make as few mistakes as possible.
It means that before we start on a task:
During the task itself:
When finishing the task:
If we follow these steps, then we will be well setup to do the best we can do.
Something that sits alongside working carefully is paying attention to detail. This means thinking about what you are doing as you are doing it and making sure that you are getting things right as you are doing them.
It also means thinking about not just the main things you need to do in the task but all of the smaller bits too. That might include making sure that:
In written work:
In other work:
Paying attention to detail also means thinking not just about the tasks that you are doing, but thinking about the wider things that are going on too. We often have not only our immediate task to concentrate on, but also have to be aware of all of the other things that might be going on around us. If we are not paying attention, we might easily miss something – whether we’re learning, or doing our work.
Working with care and attention to detail in education might start before you have even left your home. Checking you have the right equipment and if any work is due that day will help set you up for success. Before starting tasks, we can check that we understand what is required so that we can do the best job we can. If you are not sure, you can ask questions. If we didn’t work with care or pay attention to detail, we might end up handing in work with spelling mistakes or which is not clear enough to be understood. Even if we don’t always get the right answers, making an effort shows the right attitude to learning and will help you improve.
In the workplace, working with care and attention to detail might look different depending on the job you do. However, whether you are a doctor, a designer or a mechanic, concentrating on your work and focusing on detail is what makes your work successful. Not paying attention to detail can easily result in making mistakes like sending an email to the wrong person, missing an important deadline or costing clients’ money. Clients, customers and managers expect work to be of a high standard and quality so it’s important to understand how you can work with care.
Taking care in the things we do, no matter how big or small, can make all the difference to our own sense of satisfaction and to those around us. Working with care shows us what we are capable of. Paying attention to detail shows you care and can make other people happy: you might send a message to a friend or relative who is unwell or take them to their favourite place for a special occasion. If you are planning an event, paying attention to details like who is responsible for bringing food, decorations or music will make sure that nothing gets missed.
To best practise this step of Aiming High, apply what you have learnt to a real-life situation. Choose one or more of the activities below, remind yourself of the key points and strategies in the step, and have a go!
To teach this step:
This step lends itself to reinforcement in the classroom setting. For instance, before tasks, the teacher can take learners through what they need to do to prepare to do good work, how to check their work as they progress, and how to review their work at the end. This can be reinforced through visual reminders.
Learners can regularly reflect on whether they worked carefully and paid attention to detail.
This step is best assessed through sustained observation, to see whether learners can work carefully and with attention to detail over a sustained time. Eventually, they should be able to do this without being reminded to by a teacher.
This step is relevant to everyone in the workplace.
To build this step in the work environment, managers could:
There are plenty of opportunities for building this skill in the workplace:
For those already employed, this step is best assessed through sustained observation over time to see if an individual can work carefully and with attention to detail.
During the recruitment process, this step could be assessed by:
We work with a wide range of organisations, who use the Skills Builder approach in lots of different settings – from youth clubs, to STEM organisations, to careers and employability providers.
We have a lot of materials available to support you to use the Skills Builder Universal Framework with the individuals you work with, including:
We also do a lot of work with organisations who join the Skills Builder Partnership to build the Universal Framework into their work and impact measurement systems. You can find out a lot more using the links below.
At home, you can easily support your child to build their essential skills. The good news is that there
are lots of ways that you can have a big impact, including: