Skills Builder

Skills Builder 
 
Nancealverne School works with The Skills Builder Partnership to ensure every learner has opportunities to build eight essential skills to support them now and in the future.
 
Research has shown that building these eight essential skills can support the emotional wellbeing and academic success of children and young people, as well as preparing them for life beyond school.
 
Skills Builder has developed a Universal Framework that breaks each of these essential skills down into 16 teachable steps.
We use this framework to teach and practise each of the eight skills at the appropriate level throughout school life. 
 
Nancealverne School has been using the Skills Builder Framework for almost two years. During this time, we have developed the use of the framework to show us how to build the essential skills for life at each stage of young people's education with us. 
 
Skills Builder provides us with the key language, resources and structure to develop the following Essential Skills across all areas of the curriculum.
 
Essential Skills

Our starting point is eight essential skills. Known by many different names, these eight skills map across to the four domains that come up time and again as essential whether in the context of education, employment or entrepreneurship - on in the case of the young people at Nancealverne, life skills.

In pairs they cover communication, creative problem-solving, self-management, and collaboration skills.

 

The Skills are

  • Listening
  • Presenting
  • Problem Solving
  • Creativity
  • Staying Positive
  • Aiming High
  • Leadership
  • Teamwork
How are we using Skills Builder in our school?
 
When you visit our school, you will see we are using the Skills Builder programme in the following ways.
 
  • Using the language of the essential skills in our lessons, and in our feedback about our learning. 
  • Seeing the logos associated with the eight essential skills in our classrooms, in communal areas, on displays and in our marking and feedback. 
  • Linking essential skills to key whole school events in school.
  • Focusing on essential skills each term across class groups in school and developing our understanding of what these skills mean. 
  • Using elements of the programme such as Projects and Challenges to practice and take part in essential skills work in a fun and practical way. 
  • Developing the focus for essential skills development in key groups across school - such as those following Learning to Learn and Bridging to Learn pathways (PMLD and semi-formal learners). 
  • Using essential skills when we plan learning across classes.
  • Using the Home Learning Hub resources and information to share with parents and carers, so skills development can carry on at home too!
 
Skills Builder Award
 
The Skills Builder Award looks to recognise achievement for those schools using the programme, and also develop how and where the essential skills can be used to support young people's outcomes. 
 
As a school Nancealverne are working towards the Gold Award which is for those modelling best practice in high-quality essential skills education. 
 
Details of our next steps, actions and how we are getting on can be found below. 
How can I support Skills development at home?
 
There’s never been a more important time to be building these skills.
Being confident in all eight essential skills can support your child’s social and wellbeing, their learning outcomes and their future employability.
 
There are so many ways that you can support your child to build these skills at home, simply by talking, playing games and doing activities together.
 
Skills Builder has made many of the resources we use in school to teach and practise skills available to use at home on the Skills Builder Home Learning Hub.
Website: www.skillsbuilder.org/homelearning
 
Along with posting fun daily Skills Challenges to try at home, you can also browse and choose from many resources to work through independently or as part of online lessons.
 
Simply filter the resources by skill, and then choose the relevant step for your child, using the Skills Builder framework to help. 
 
From Skills Stories to share together, to Short Lessons and activities to work on independently, there are resources to support all ages and stages to build skills.
 
For more information about the skills and why they are important, visit the Skills Builder Parent and Carer page: www.skillsbuilder.org/parents-and-carers