It has never been more important to build a set of essential skills to succeed in life for our young people: the ability to creatively solve problems, to self-manage, to communicate effectively, and to work well with others.
At Boldon School we use the Skills Builder Universal Framework to support our young people so they can build these essential skills to succeed in education, employment and beyond.
The Skills Builder Framework defines the essential skills as: Listening, Speaking, Problem Solving, Creativity, Staying Positive, Aiming High, Leadership and Teamwork.
We use the framework to guide students to:
- Understand their existing skills: Reflecting on where their essential skills currently are and being able to identify any gaps they might have.
- See what progress looks like: Being able to see what the next steps are to improve their essential skills further.
- Join the dots: Using a consistent language and understanding of essential skills to understand how they are used and practiced in lots of different settings.
- Capturing success: Seeing progress and being able to better articulate their skills.
Building Skills at Home
Skills Builder has a resource platform dedicated to helping parents and carers to build their child’s essential skills at home.
From weekly skill challenges, to family activities and guidance to share with older children to access independent tools for their own skill development, Skills Builder Homezone can be enjoyed at a time and pace to suit all families. https://www.skillsbuilder.org/homezone