SKILLS BUILDER- Building Skills For Life Across Our Curriculum


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The Skills Builder Partnership aims to “focus on building essential skills to enable lifelong success.” This award-winning not-for-profit organisation brings together schools and a wide range of organisations and employers to promote the teaching and development of eight universal skills.  These skills, along with their academic knowledge and understanding, help to prepare our children for their life beyond education and to be ready to make the most of the opportunities which life offers them.

Teaching incorporates age-appropriate activities to help all children develop these universal skills. Each half-term the whole school focuses on developing one skill. 


What are Universal Skills?

The Skills Builder Programme identifies eight universal skills:

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Listening – the ability to listen to and understand information.


Speaking – the ability to communicate ideas to others.


Problem Solving – developing strategies to approach challenges and situations where the answer is not initially clear.



Creativity – developing the skills to create new ideas.



Staying Positive – teaching pupils how to deal with setbacks and to be willing to take calculated risks with their learning.



Aiming High – being able to be aspirational for themselves and learning how to turn these ideas into achievable plans.



Leadership – learning to lead others.



Teamwork – helping pupils to develop the confidence and ability to work in a team.


The Skills Partnership has created a set of pages for families to explore at home which tells you more about each skill and provides you with activities and ideas to use at home to help your child develop these essential skills.