Higgins Champions Essential Skills Education

Posted: 12/10/2020

Higgins Partnerships is working together with the Skills Builder Partnership to transform how children and young people develop eight essential skills for success through their schooling.

The essential skills are: Listening, Speaking, Problem Solving, Creativity Aiming High, Staying Positive, Leadership and Teamwork.


Higgins Partnerships is supporting three London schools to access the Skills Builder Accelerator - a year-long programme of training and support designed to make essential skills development a core part of teaching and learning for every student.

The schools taking part in the Accelerator are: Wolf Fields Primary in Ealing, Stanborough School in Welwyn Hatfield and Cranford Primary in Hounslow.

Through the Accelerator, Skills Builder Partnership will work closely with the teaching team of each school to integrate essential skills development throughout school life. The approach is underpinned by the Skills Builder Framework.

Mike Zatyka, Head of Growth Fund at Skills Builder Partnership said: “We have been working together with Higgins’ fantastic volunteers for many years to help students understand how vital skills like Teamwork, Listening and Problem Solving are in the world of work. We are delighted that this year our partnership will also focus on transforming how these skills are taught in the classroom. The pandemic has highlighted the need for more rounded education and all three schools share our deep commitment to making essential skills a key pillar of education. We are thrilled to be working together with Higgins to make this happen.”

Jasmeen Chana, Deputy Head at Cranford Primary School commented: “At Cranford Primary School, we have been working with Skills Builder for many years now. Over the years, our approach to the programme has developed and is embedded throughout all classes in the school. We are honoured to be working alongside Higgins and are grateful for the support we will be receiving throughout this academic year. Our aim this year is to intertwine the skills throughout the Curriculum and move towards a fluid approach to the skills within our school pedagogy.”

Amy Ross, Head of Social Value at Higgins Partnerships said, “We have had a rewarding and successful relationship with Skills Builder for many years now and are delighted to be supporting these three schools over the coming academic year. We are extremely committed to working with pupils and young people to help them gain the essential skills they need to enter the world of work and this programme is an ideal way of achieving this.”

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