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Skills Builder Global Accelerator- Training Session 1

On Wednesday 15th September 2021 the first Skills Leader training session of the year was conducted by James Prideaux, Lead Associate for International. The training session was attended by Mrs. Ambili Unnikrishnan, PGT English, the Skills Leader. The session was the training for the Skills Leader to be best prepared for the next steps of the programme and the upcoming Strategy Meeting with the Skills Leader and a member of the School Leadership Team.

The following were discussed during the session:

  • The Skills Builder Partnership works with schools and colleges to ensure that every child and young person builds the essential skills that they need to succeed. The Skills Builder Award works to recognise this sort of excellent practice.
  • The essential skills are: Listening, Speaking, Problem Solving, Creativity, Staying Positive , Aiming High, Leadership, Team work
  • Schools and colleges who are building essential skills effectively follow six Principles:
    • Keep it simple: Focus on a simple, consistent set of essential skills covering interpersonal skills, self-management skills, communication skills, and creative problem solving. Make these skills as tangible and objective as possible.
    • Start early and keep going: See these skills as supporting learning and students’ wider development, and as something to be sustained rather than being built as a quick fix at the point of entering employment.
    • Measure it: Take care to really understand the existing strengths and development needs of the students in relation to essential skills. Track progress over time, to keep every student on track for success.
    • Focus tightly: Use the prior understanding of students’ essential skills to focus on the next steps. This includes explicit and direct instruction on essential skills – not just hoping that they get picked up along the way.
    • Keep practising: Reinforce these essential skills in other parts of the curriculum and beyond it, including by linking up with other impact organisations with programmes that can support the learners.
    • Bring it to life: Make the essential skills real by bringing the working world into the classroom, and showing learners how these skills are useful across their lives. This boosts the transferability beyond education.
  • The Skills Builder Award is achieved by schools and colleges who are demonstrating best practice through the embedding of the Skills Builder Principles.
  • There are three levels of Skills Builder Award: Bronze Award, Silver and Gold.
  • Decisions about Skills Builder Awards are guided by the Skills Builder Principles Matrix. This rubric provides a framework against which schools and colleges can reflect on their practice in this area.
  • Over the year, the school will have opportunities to reflect on progress and make plans with the support of the Education Associate to work towards achieving the Award. Initially, the first Skills Leader Training Day will support with creating an action plan for the school, which will then be confirmed in the first Strategy Meeting, including a member of the school senior leadership team. These goals will be shared with teachers in the first Teacher Training Session.
  • First Strategy Meeting, including a member of the school senior leadership team- October 8, 2021(1.30 p.m. - 2.30 p.m.)
  • First Teacher Training Session- October 13, 2021(2.30 p.m. – 3.45 p.m.)